ALAMOSA — Lifetime Manassa resident Thomas “Tom” W. Rogers, 83, died January 31, 2013 in Alamosa. He was born April 23, 1929 in Manassa to Wayne Rogers and Mildred Barton Rogers. He graduated from Manassa High School and later served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western Canadian Mission.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Medic. He was a goldcard member of the Manassa Saddle Club. Tom discovered a love for trucks at a very early age and at age 16 began hauling coal from Walsenburg to the Valley. After his mission and service in the Army he bought Haynie Trucking and operated it as Tom Rogers Trucking for over 45 years. Tom had a love for hauling livestock and serving the community.
Later in life he provided transportation for the local Amish community where he made several new and close friends.
Tom was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various positions. He had a strong testimony of the Savior and the blessing of eternal families.
On June 20, 1952, he was married and sealed to his loving wife Sheral White in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they had four children Debra (Dennis) Crowther of Sanford, Greg (Teri Jo) Rogers of Manassa, Janae (Paul) Roberts of Manassa, and Phyllis (Glenn) Harmsen of Wray, CO. They are blessed with 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with one on the way. He had a very special and unique relationship with each of his grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Mildred and his sister Phyllis Martha Rogers.
He was known for his wit and ability to relate a story; which like him, got better with age.
A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, February 4th and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 5th both at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Manassa. A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Manassa Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will follow services in the Manassa Cemetery.
Rogers Family Mortuary of Manassa is in care of the arrangements and online condolences on behalf of Tom’s family may be made at www.rogersfunerals.com