WHITE RIVER JCT. — A graveside memorial service for Charles W. “Charlie” Rogers, 64, who died June 19 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., will be held Friday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at the Spring Road Cemetery in Tunbridge. Pastor Hannah K. Rogers will officiate. Calling hours will be held today (Thursday) June 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Boardway and Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
He was born July 29, 1948 in Randolph, son of Richard W. and Marion (Lyford) Rogers.
He attended school in Tunbridge and later went to the St. Johnsbury Trade School in St. Johnsbury for two years.
On May 11, 1974, he married Suzanne Chamberlin of Woodstock. They lived most of their married life in White River Jct., where they raised their two children.
Charlie worked for 35 years as a custodian and bus driver for the Hartford School District. He spent 26 of those years at the Hartford High School and Technical Center and the last nine years he worked at the Ottauquechee School in Quechee. He retired this past November due to ill health.
He was a member of the Hartford Elks Lodge #1541 in Hartford. For many years he was a Boy Scout Leader with Troop #232 in White River Jct. and also a volunteer for his wife’s Girl Scout Troop. He enjoyed driving the bus for the Hartford School sports trips and the train at the Quechee Gorge Village. He also enjoyed NASCAR racing, computer games, watching television and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He liked to pick apples, strawberries and fiddleheads. Charlie also liked to participate in the yearly, friendly competition with his neighbors to see who could grow the best tulips and gladiolas.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Rogers of White River Jct; his father, Richard Rogers of South Royalton; his mother, Marion Simonds and stepfather, Edward Simonds of Pomfret; a son, Frank Rogers and his wife, Crystal of West Hartford; a daughter, Tara Weatherell and her husband Tim of Chelsea; three grandchildren, Jasmyn, Miranda and Tanner; three sisters, Mary Demar of Michigan, Sharon French of Ninety Six, S.C. and Bonnie Perkins of Hartford; two half-brothers, Willard “Wink” Simonds of Wilder and George Simonds of Pomfret; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his stepmother, June Avery Rogers and a sister, Sandra Lisi.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hartford Track and Field, c/o Hartford Athletic Department, Hartford School District 37 Highland Ave., White River Jct., 05001.
A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.
This obituary first appeared in the June 27, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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