LISBON - Former East Liverpool resident Ralph Rogers, Jr., 85, died at his home in Lisbon, at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
A son of the late Ralph and Olive Talbott Rogers, he was born on November 19, 1926 in East Liverpool. He was raised in this area and was a 1944 graduate of East Liverpool High School.
A World War II veteran, Ralph served in the U.S. Navy. From 1944 to 1947, he was stationed aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship. Ralph was very proud to have been on one of the ships that was anchored in Tokyo Bay at the time the Peace Treaty was signed with Japan to end the war.
Ralph had been a dish jiggerman at Hall China here before moving to Grand Blanc, Michigan, in the early 1950's, where he had been a supervisor at Fisher Body for over 30 years. In the early 1970's, he was transferred back to Ohio, where he worked at the Lordstown division of Fisher Body until his retirement.
Ralph held a lifetime membership in the Masonic Lodge #571 in Grand Blanc. He and his wife, Nora Lee, also dealt in collectibles and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. Together, they thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with their family.
Surviving him at home is his wife, Nora Lee Mackey Rogers, whom he married on July 8, 1947.
One daughter survives, Nancy Lynn Almas, and her husband, Ron, of Waterford, MI, as well as one son, Jeffrey Alan Rogers, and his wife, Jan, of Selma, TX.
There are four grandchildren: Kristi Almas; Corey Almas and his wife, Angela; Casey Almas Vrbjar and her husband, Louis; and Cary Almas and his fiancee, Shannon; and seven great-grandchildren: Tina, Kennedy, Emily, Grace, Mckenzie, Kensington and Lylah and several grand-puppies who brought great joy to Ralph's life.
Two brothers also survive, Charles Rogers of Marietta, GA, and Donald Rogers and his wife, Doris, of East Liverpool; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Rogers and Pat Mackey, both of East Liverpool and numerous nieces and nephews. Ralph also appreciated the friendship and bond he shared with a special neighbor, Mike Olson.
In addition to his parents, Ralph was also preceded in death by two brothers, Hollis Rogers and Jack Rogers.
Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Friday, where the family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. and up to one hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, with Evangelist Will Montgomery of St. Clair Avenue Church of Christ officiating. Burial will take place at Columbiana County Memorial Park, followed by a time of continued fellowship at the Dawson Family Center.
Those wishing to do so may send a donation in Ralph's memory c/o Senior Independence Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield Ohio 44406.
View Ralph's memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com