Francis J. ”Jim” Rogers

02/18/1931 — 05/17/2002

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Winchester, NH

Francis J. ”Jim” Rogers

Francis James Jim Rogers died Friday May 17th 2002 at home with family members in attendance after a valiant struggle with cancer.

Jim was born in Winchester, New Hampshire, February 18, 1931, the first of six children born to Ambrose and Anna Rogers. Jim graduated from High School in Rich Hill Missouri before the family moved to the Tri-Cities in 1951. He served aboard an aircraft carrier in the US Navy. He married Lenore Shaw in 1956 and made their home in West Richland. Jim worked as a shipping clerk at Hanford before retiring to be self-employed as the owner and manager of several rental properties in Richland.

Jim enjoyed numerous activities, including riding motorcycles, snowmobiles, water skiing, fishing, and motor home camping. In his early years, he took pleasure in family weekends at the cabin on Chinook Pass and Saturday nights at Tri-City Raceway. Later years saw him shooting darts, golfing, watching Nascar racing and traveling to his cabin in Hunters, WA. Jim and Lenore were members of the Moose Lodge in West Richland. Jim was willing to help where help was needed, being generous with his time, talents, money, or “words of wisdom”. Jim touched many lives and had many great friends. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Kathy Mike Orr, Karen Rogers, and Beth Ken Hofstad; grandchildren, Diana and Kevin Orr, James and Lori Rogers, Katelyn and Conner Hofstad; his brother, Richard Rogers and sisters Virginia Polster, Carolyn Sparling, and Paula Post. In recent years, Jim was blessed with the companionship of his special friend Margaret Maggie Swanson. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lenore, and his sister Helen Mason.

A vigil ceremony will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland, Sunday May 19th at 7pm. A memorial mass will be held on Monday May 20th at Christ the King Catholic Church at 11 a.m. There will be a luncheon immediately following the mass at Richland Moose Lodge located on Van Giesen in West Richland for all.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MooseHeart, at MooseHeart, Illinois, 60539-1172, to help families of kids with cancer or to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice, 7525 West Deschutes Pl., Suite 2A, Kennewick WA 99336.

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  • I was reflecting on the past as a kid, when I used to babysit for you and Lenora. You guy’s taking me along when you’d go up the snake to water ski or the late night card games. Boy if those weren’t some great times! Then when I got older you’d take Caroline and me to watch “Bomber baskerball”. What fun we all had .If I wasn’t at Jim’s or Richards house, I was out at Mom & Pop Rogers place. They all treated you like family. Then as a bonus I moved back to the old neighborhood to find Jim waving to my family as we drove by or the hello from 1/2 a block away. Please say hello to Lenora for me..

    Sharon Burnett Groff
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, Wa, 99353, US
  • Jim was a good friend and neighbor. I will miss his wave everytime I pass the house. He has helped me many times in the in the 25 years I have known him.GOD speed,JIM

    Pat Butler
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I have known Jim for quite a few years, and he was always a very kind, giving, unselfish man. It was a pleasure to have known him. He was a hard-worker and an inspiration. He will be very much missed. My love and sympathy go to the family, especially my friend Kathy.

    Karen Diener

    Karen Diener
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Our sincerest condolences go out to the Rogers’family. We are sorry we were unable to attend the services. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Jim was a great man.

    Jackie and Les Hernandez
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Our sympathies go out to the Rogers Family. May time bring fond memories in place of present sorrows. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Ann, Jim & Katie

    Jim & Ann Orr
    November 4, 2014
    Bothell, WA, US
  • “Big Jim” was special to everyone who knew him. Dart Sunday at Hunters was always so much more fun when he and Maggie were there. May you know, Maggie, that Jim was so very blessed to have you been a part of his life. I “thank you Big Jim”, for having made it possible for all of to get to know Maggie. He is missed greatly now and always will be.

    Clyde McCoy & Georgie Rist
    November 4, 2014
    Davenport, WA, US
  • My Grandpa Lewis Darden lived across the street from the Rogers, and I remember walking over with my Grandpa to say hi as a small child. I played softball with his youngest daughter and remember how proud Jim was of her incredible talent. When I was older, I rented one of his homes, and he was my landlord for 15yrs until I married. All I had to do was give him a call and he would either come over himself or with his daughtersor send someone within the hour to fix whatever needed to be done. He had a great sense of humor and was very consciencious. He always made me feel like that house was my home and not a rental. I really miss his caring, humorous personality.

    My deepest sympathy and warmest regards to his family.

    Julie Darden Surmeyer

    Julie Darden Surmeyer
    November 4, 2014
    Prosser, WA, US
  • Kathy, Karen and Beth…

    My deepest sympathy on the death of your dad….and to your children as well. Just wanted you to know that everyone is keeping you in gentle thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    As far as memories of Uncle Jim are concerned, mine are so many that it’s hard to choose one to share. But my first really memorable recollection is when they got married…I was flower girl and so very proud to be walking down the aisle in front of a giggling Aunt Lenore and towards a nervous Uncle Jim…and I really remember how much fun everyone had at the reception afterwards….and how I got a little too rambunctious and Jim settled me down with just one look. Even at 25 he could do that….and until Beth Ann came along, he had quite a streak going! That’s another memory I have…of a bunch of us eating in a restaurant on some mountain pass…and Beth making a big commotion in her high chair…and no one could quiet her….when this big booming voice from the other end of the table said “Beth Ann….do you want me to take you outside???” The whole table hushed….and then came this giggle from a impish child and the single word…”Sure!” We all dissolved into laughter as Jim just shook his head, not sure what to do now. And realizing that we all knew now how soft a heart the booming voice hid sometimes….it’s a memory that always makes me smile.

    I agree with the last entry…the world misses Jim and Lenore.

    But they will always be a part of us.

    God Bless You all….

    Teresa Knabe
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • I was reflecting on the past as a kid, when I used to babysit for you and Lenora. You guy’s taking me along when you’d go up the snake to water ski or the late night card games. Boy if those weren’t some great times! Then when I got older you’d take Caroline and me to watch “Bomber baskerball”. What fun we all had .If I wasn’t at Jim’s or Richards house, I was out at Mom & Pop Rogers place. They all treated you like family. Then as a bonus I moved back to the old neighborhood to find Jim waving to my family as we drove by or the hello from 1/2 a block away. Please say hello to Lenora for me..

    Sharon Burnett Groff
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, Wa, 99353, US
  • Jim was a good friend and neighbor. I will miss his wave everytime I pass the house. He has helped me many times in the in the 25 years I have known him.GOD speed,JIM

    Pat Butler
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I have known Jim for quite a few years, and he was always a very kind, giving, unselfish man. It was a pleasure to have known him. He was a hard-worker and an inspiration. He will be very much missed. My love and sympathy go to the family, especially my friend Kathy.

    Karen Diener

    Karen Diener
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Our sincerest condolences go out to the Rogers’family. We are sorry we were unable to attend the services. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Jim was a great man.

    Jackie and Les Hernandez
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Our sympathies go out to the Rogers Family. May time bring fond memories in place of present sorrows. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Ann, Jim & Katie

    Jim & Ann Orr
    November 4, 2014
    Bothell, WA, US
  • “Big Jim” was special to everyone who knew him. Dart Sunday at Hunters was always so much more fun when he and Maggie were there. May you know, Maggie, that Jim was so very blessed to have you been a part of his life. I “thank you Big Jim”, for having made it possible for all of to get to know Maggie. He is missed greatly now and always will be.

    Clyde McCoy & Georgie Rist
    November 4, 2014
    Davenport, WA, US
  • My Grandpa Lewis Darden lived across the street from the Rogers, and I remember walking over with my Grandpa to say hi as a small child. I played softball with his youngest daughter and remember how proud Jim was of her incredible talent. When I was older, I rented one of his homes, and he was my landlord for 15yrs until I married. All I had to do was give him a call and he would either come over himself or with his daughtersor send someone within the hour to fix whatever needed to be done. He had a great sense of humor and was very consciencious. He always made me feel like that house was my home and not a rental. I really miss his caring, humorous personality.

    My deepest sympathy and warmest regards to his family.

    Julie Darden Surmeyer

    Julie Darden Surmeyer
    November 4, 2014
    Prosser, WA, US
  • Kathy, Karen and Beth…

    My deepest sympathy on the death of your dad….and to your children as well. Just wanted you to know that everyone is keeping you in gentle thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    As far as memories of Uncle Jim are concerned, mine are so many that it’s hard to choose one to share. But my first really memorable recollection is when they got married…I was flower girl and so very proud to be walking down the aisle in front of a giggling Aunt Lenore and towards a nervous Uncle Jim…and I really remember how much fun everyone had at the reception afterwards….and how I got a little too rambunctious and Jim settled me down with just one look. Even at 25 he could do that….and until Beth Ann came along, he had quite a streak going! That’s another memory I have…of a bunch of us eating in a restaurant on some mountain pass…and Beth making a big commotion in her high chair…and no one could quiet her….when this big booming voice from the other end of the table said “Beth Ann….do you want me to take you outside???” The whole table hushed….and then came this giggle from a impish child and the single word…”Sure!” We all dissolved into laughter as Jim just shook his head, not sure what to do now. And realizing that we all knew now how soft a heart the booming voice hid sometimes….it’s a memory that always makes me smile.

    I agree with the last entry…the world misses Jim and Lenore.

    But they will always be a part of us.

    God Bless You all….

    Teresa Knabe
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Jim and Lenore will be greatly missed.

    Doug Packard
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US