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Arthur "Gene" E. Rogers

Arthur "Gene" E. Rogers

August 23, 2017

Arthur E. (Gene) Rogers of Eau Claire, WI died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Prairie Point Rehab Center in Altoona.

Gene was born March 1, 1920 in Massillon, Ohio to Atwell Emory and Anne Caroline (Barron) Rogers. He lived in Brookings, SD before moving to Eau Claire in 1931 when his father established the A. E. Rogers Co. automobile dealership.  Gene graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1938 and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison before enlisting in the Army Air Forces in 1942. He served in England, Africa, Italy, Sicily and Corsica. He married Irene Elizabeth Brandon in Eau Claire on July 8, 1945 and celebrated 67 years of marriage before her death in 2012. After discharge from the service he joined his father in the automobile dealership selling Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth automobiles until he retired in 1982. Gene was an avid sports fan enjoying both Bluegold and Badger football and basketball as well as the Packers, Brewers, and the former Eau Claire Braves games. He enjoyed golf, skiing, hunting, fishing and traveling. In the past he was a board member of the EC- YMCA, past president of the EC Golf and Country Club, and past president of the Midwest Dodge Dealers Association. He was a member of Eau Claire Lodge 112, Free & Accepted Masons; a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason; and a member of the Eau Claire Shriners.  He was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church.

Survivors include a son, Charles W. Rogers of Pompano Beach, FL: daughter, Cynthia (Lee) Fulton of Rice Lake, WI; granddaughter, Kristina (Dave) Pirsigof Beaver Bay, MN; and great-granddaughter Sophie Pirsig.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Irene in 2012.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be given in Gene’s name to the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper EI, 616 Graham Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 575 Zor Shrine Place, Madison, WI 53719-2094.

Memorial Service will take place at 11 am on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at First Congregational United Church of Christ,  310 Broadway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. The Rev. Dr. Mark X. Pirazzini will officiate. Visitation will take place at the church from 10 am until time of services. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Visitation

Visitation will take place at the church from 10 am until time of services.

Service

Memorial Service will take place at 11 am on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 Broadway St, Eau Claire, WI 54703. The Rev. Dr. Mark X. Pirazzini will officiate.