Posted by Jim Rogers
Bill was born in Doylestown, Bucks County, PA, and lived his first two years in Bristol Borough. In 1945 he came west to Colorado with his parents, Will and Margaret. He grew up in Brighton, CO, attending Zion Lutheran School and later Brighton public schools. He attended Northeastern Junior College at Sterling, and eventually earned a degree in agronomy at CSU. He never put the degree to use except in his large garden and the family orchard. He never married, and in his papers after his death his brothers found the "Dear John" letter his high school sweetheart had sent him years before while he was in the Navy. Rather than be a parent, he taught his niece and nephew to hunt and fish. He was a true outdoorsman, hunting, fishing and trapping. He loved the outdoors and believed in the conservation of nature, not "preservation," which he felt was an impossibility. He helped form the Colo. Trappers Association, and was a member for many years. He said he wanted to be remembered as a teacher, and he taught many children in his capacity as a guide and lecturer at Barr Lake State Park. In his last years, he shared his garden fare with residents of an adult assisted living center in Westminster, where family friend Jerry Maurer lived. He died of a rare form of recurring cancer. He was loved and is deeply missed.
Denver Post, The
January 25, 2007
ROGERS, WILLIAM "BILL" Wm. "Bill" Rogers, 63, Brighton, CO, Jan. 22nd, cancer, at VA Nursing Home. Ashes to Crown Hill; details later
Rocky Mountain News
February 16, 2007
ROGERS, WILLIAM "BILL" Bill Rogers (63). Memorial Fri. Feb. 23, 1-3 pm at Barr Lake State Park Visitor Center; 13401 Picadilly Rd. Casual potluck and photos.