Visitation and Services
There will be a memorial service at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 11 at the Hanover Presbyterian Church.
William (Bill) Warr Rogers was born to Henry C. Rogers and Elizabeth Warr Rogers in a house his father built in the mountains of Tennessee on November 16, 1926. He died at The Waters of Clifty Falls on July 7, 2012. Bill’s father was a pastor and the family lived in many places including Allardt, TN, Goodland, IN, Washington, PA and Cincinnati, OH. Bill attended the University of Cincinnati for two years following his service in the Army as a soldier in the Occupation of Germany (1946). He was the national president of the Westminster Fellowship National Council while he attended Hanover College. After graduating from Hanover College in 1950 he married June Ramage and moved to Chicago where he attended McCormick Theological Seminary. After seminary Bill served university pastorates at Western Michigan and Kalamazoo Colleges, the University of Georgia and Cornell University. While at Cornell he directed the Cornell-Brazil Project in cooperation with the Brazilian Student Christian Movement. Also during the Cornell years Bill was a member of the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the General Assembly’s Advisory Council on Inter-American Affairs and its Peace Making Commission. He helped to organize and served as the first Chairperson of the Bi-National Service Council.
Bill has served as Senior Pastor, Head of Staff of the Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, New York and, and with his wife June, as a Pastoral Team at the International Church of Bangkok, Thailand. He served as a Mission Co-Worker with the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPU), teaching in an ecumenical seminary the Institute for Theological Education of Bahia (ITEBA) in Salvador (Brazil). After retiring to Hanover, IN he served as Moderator of the Session of the Presbyterian Church in Lexington, IN. June and Bill together served as Missionary-in-residence to coordinate the Year of Education for Global Education and International Leadership Development for the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Bill attended Hanover Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Presbytery of the Ohio Valley. He was not content with the world as it is. He challenged us all to think carefully, lovingly and fully about what we can each do to bring a prophetic vision of peace and justice into reality. He will be missed and continue to be much loved by all who were fortunate enough to benefit from his wisdom, deep questioning and love both in his family and around the world.
Bill’s sister, Barbara Jane Rogers preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, partner, and best friend of 62 years, June Ramage Rogers; his brother, Richard Carter Rogers (Freida); and his sister, Mary Ann Rogers. Bill and June have five children – John William Rogers (Kathryn Lobato) of Redway, CA, Margaret Elizabeth Rogers (Richard Samuel) of Norwalk, CT, Carol June Rogers (Rex Stewart) of Youngstown, NY, David Carter Rogers (Elisabeth) of Hanover, IN and Mark Stephen Rogers (Cindy) of Soquel, CA, and ten grandchildren: Devlin Madrone (Jenn), Elizagrace Madrone, Sara Hurtado Bares (Bryce), Luke Samuel, David Stewart (Lisa), Robert William Stewart-Rogers (Emily), Kelsey Rogers, James Rogers, Bryce Rogers and Hannah Rogers; and four great-grandchildren, Kailani Madrone, Abigail Rose Madrone, Elian Bares and Xavier William Bares.
Bill found peace and serenity living at Bird Haven, a family home for 95 years, with June and the birds and morning glories. He turned his attention to the future and his focus onto grandchildren. If you are in Hanover and drive by the family home you will see a large, colorful sign with three children laughing and the following message:
May this be a spot of beauty, beside this busy street in honor of grandchildren and those who listen to them. May we all, grandparents, parents and grandchildren, discover the joy of “listening Love” for each other and for the world.
Preferred Charities and Donations
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts may be given for the Bill and June Rogers Peace and Social Justice Lecture Series. Please send gifts either to Hanover Presbyterian Church, 174 E Main Street Hanover, IN 47243 or to the Hanover College Development Office P.O. Box 108, Hanover, IN 47243 designating the funds for the lecture series. The family wishes to express deep appreciation for the loving care given to Bill by Kathy Spurgeon, Lena Wilking, Janet Morecraft, Janet Rogers and the staff at the Waters of Clifty Falls.