ARAPAHOE -- Leland Donald Rogers, formerly of Arapahoe, died Monday (Dec. 22, 2008) at Tiffany Square Care Center at Grand Island.
He was born on a farm north of Holbrook on March 20, 1915, to James O. and Verl (Ellis) Rogers. He attended country school District 17 in Frontier County. In 1928, he went to Holbrook High School and graduated in 1932. He was an avid baseball fan and continued to play on local teams until 1947. After graduation, he farmed with his dad until his dad's retirement in 1957.
On Aug. 27, 1938, he married Charlotte Mae Odell in Curtis. They farmed in Frontier County while he also worked in the ASCS office in Stockville and Curtis for many years. He would also work for Federal Crop Insurance. In 1957, they moved to the home his parents left when they retired.
In 1987, they retired and bought a home in Arapahoe. They moved to Grand Island in October of 2005 to be next door to their daughter and son-in-law. As his health declined, he was a resident of Country House and later Tiffany Square Care Center in Grand Island.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Holbrook, serving as treasurer for many years. He was active in the Holbrook Lion's Club and served as secretary and president. He was instrumental in organizing the Senior Center in Arapahoe and served on the board for several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter and son-in-law, Duane Donaldson.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte "Lottie" Rogers of Grand Island; daughters, Linda Beranek of Fort Worth, Texas and Linna D. Donaldson of Grand Island; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. George Probasco officiating. Interment will be at the Holbrook Cemetery.
Viewing and visitation is today until 5 p.m., at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe and prior to the service at the church.
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at wenburgfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Arapahoe or the Arapahoe Senior Center.
Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe is in charge of the arrangements.