Douglas A. Rogers Sr.
Dec. 22, 1927 - Sept. 6, 2007
Naselle, Wash., resident Douglas A. Rogers Sr., 79, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in Portland, Ore. The son of Charles and Helen (Rupp) Rogers, he was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Waukesha.
Doug graduated from Waukesha High School and attended the University of Wisconsin. Doug played varsity basketball and was team captain for the Badgers. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry.
In the days before the National Basketball Association, Doug was drafted by the Sheboygan Redskins but chose not to play. Instead, he moved to Peoria, Ill., and worked for Caterpillar Tractor so he could play for the company basketball team. Moving on, he became a cattle buyer for Oscar Mayer Meat Co. and then headed West. He decided to obtain a degree in food processing at Oregon State University, and while visiting in Portland, he met and after a brief courtship, married Lois Mahlke in Portland. Following the marriage, Doug lived in Wheeling, W. Va., and then Santa Fe, N.M., where he obtained his teaching degree at St. Michael’s College.
In 1963, he settled in Naselle where he taught at Naselle High School and also was a teacher and counselor at the Naselle Youth Camp. He coached a wide variety of sports for the Comets, and in 1989, became varsity volleyball coach. He retired from that position following the 2002 season and currently was a volunteer coach for the girl’s varsity volleyball team at Ilwaco High School.
Doug was an avid reader, enjoyed bowling and golfing, was proud of his garden and his blueberries, and took pride in his many years of coaching. He was a member of the Naselle Lions Club and was a member of Naselle Lutheran Church, where he served as church council president. His family will remember him as a kind and gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor. He dearly loved his family and was very close to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Doug is survived by his wife, Lois of Naselle; children, Roberta Caton of Naselle, Helen Beasley of Centralia, Wash., Paula Rogers of Selah, Wash., and Douglas Rogers Jr. of Sunnyside, Wash.; brother, Francis Rogers of Waukesha; sister, Jane Kranich of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Joshua Fournier, Brooke Taufaasau, Rebekah Torppa, Jordanne Beasley, Taylor Beasley, Madison Beasley, Zach Badger, Amanda Badger, Alex Badger, Douglas Rogers III, Delaney Rogers and Robert Campos; great-grandchildren, Kaeli Rae, Blythe, Malia and Andrew Taufaasau and Paige, Raylee and Tommy Torppa; and his beloved puppy, Ruffles.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Josephine and Milly.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Naselle Lutheran Church with a reception following. Memorials may be made to either Naselle Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 100, Naselle, WA 98638, or the Naselle Lions Club Scholarship fund at the Naselle branch of Bank of The Pacific.
Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea, (360) 642-8885, is serving the family. An online guestbook may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.