LeRoy Don Rogers

June 8, 1923January 4, 2013

LeRoy Don Rogers Lansing, MI

Born June 8, 1923 in Lansing, the son of the late Charles and Alma (Switzer) Rogers, passed away January 4th at the age of 89. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as a combat medic with Merrill’s Marauders in China, Burma and India and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. He also was attached with the Flying Tigers during his service to the U.S. Army. LeRoy retired from the State of Michigan Highway Department as a design engineer after 37 years of service. He also worked as an architect for the Keystone Group in Lansing. He was very artistic and talented as an excellent woodworker, and carver using his gifts by volunteering to make toys for the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project. He also entertained his family and friends as a wonderful guitar player and singer. He was a strong Christian man who will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Rogers; and his beloved wife, Stella.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Linda Locher, LeRoy (Delores) Rogers and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Rogers; grandchildren, Jay (Barbara) Rogers, Jeffrey (Angela) Rogers and Melinda (Matthew) Jones; six great grandchildren; sister, Shirley Watson. According to his wishes a private family service will be held. For those desiring, contributions in memory of LeRoy may be made to the R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project, PO Box 23181, Lansing, MI 48909. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • A private family service will be held.

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Karin Grotenhuis

January 9, 2013

The first time I met Roy, he was wearing a green and white Spartan hat. I jokingly said, "You are wearing the wrong hat, it's supposed to be a cowboy hat." Roy laughingly said, "Green and white is RIGHT!" He loved having fun. He also said his "father" was Mr. Rogers which had the children who visit amazed. They might not know who Roy Rogers was in the films but they knew who Mr. Rogers was on PBS. I also would tease him and his friends of being in the "Lazy Boy Club" because every morning the guys would sit in Delta Retirement's living room shooting the breeze. They declined joining our exercise activity. Roy's eyes lit up in laughter knowing I was going to declare each morning that everyone was welcomed to join me for exercise or stay with the Lazy Boy Club. Roy always enjoyed many of our activities, especially our Sharing times. I learned about his time in WWII and was appalled the news rarely discussed the soldiers in Burma. I found a website of photos that had been unclassified by the US gov't and the photos showed exactly the conditions and situations that Roy described. In fact, one photo looked like Roy himself. Roy was astounded when I privately showed him the website and wondered if that one photo actually was him. I gave him the link to give to his daughter-in-law who helped him receive the medal he deserved. Roy always had a bright attitude, and quick wit that kept everyone smiling. We all were impressed with the wooden toys he helped paint for Scheffel Toys and are handed out to children for the holidays. Roy, we all are going to miss you here at Delta Retirement. See you in heaven! Karin (Activity Director and friend)

January 9, 2013

Having grown up next door to the Rogers family, I have very fond memories of Roy, Stella and their wonderful children, Sonny, Chuck and Linda. I remember Roy being a very thoughtful and kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Janet Sinclair Polzin


January 8, 2013

i have known LeRoy since he was in the 12th grade--we were part of the DYER FAMILY FOR YEARS--I dearly loved his wife (STELLA) & their Children, SONNY, CHUCK & LINDA. TO THE FAMILY --YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS & PRAYERS!!!

Ruth Jarrad(Switzer)

January 8, 2013

My condolences to the entire Rogers family!! You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!!

Pat Host

January 7, 2013

I knew Mr. Rogers from Delta Retirement Center, where he has lived for several years. I enjoyed many conversations with this wonderful man over the years. I will miss his smiling face as he greeted me as I came to work.

Sandy Woolstenhulme

January 6, 2013

To Roy's Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchidren, and Sister,
I would like to thank you for sharing Roy with me. Roy was a very
kind carring person with a heart of
gold. He also had a great sense
of humor. The first tiime i met Roy
I said "Hello you must be Mr. Rogers
He looked over both shoulders all
around the room then back at me and
said I thought you were talking to
my Father! He was Mr. Rogers.
Call me Roy I asked him if he was
related to thee Roy Rogers? Why
yes I am. My brith certificate it
say's Roy Rogers.
I have many warm memories I
shall treasure up in my heart
especially his laughter. So Thanks
again for sharing Roy with me
My thoughts and prayers are with
all of you at this time
Sandy Woolstenhulme
Delta Retirement Center
(Office Staff)

Niki Johns Gomoluh

January 6, 2013

I met Roy through my sister, Carol Kasuda. He has been present at many of our family gatherings for over ten years now, and he was such a pleasure to talk to and visit with whenever I came home to Lansing. My husband, Carl, and I will miss him especially at Lugnuts games and Sunday morning breakfast at Carol's. Our sincerest condolences to his family, and to the many friends who also loved him.

January 6, 2013

I first met Leroy in 1998 at the Scheffel Toy Project. The 30-minute break at 10 am was the best part of the morning, listening to his tales and enjoying his humor. Leroy spent the past three years at the home of Carol Kasuda doing the detail painting of toy wooden police cars. During that time they painted more than 1,200 of the police cars. And Leroy painted the 4,800 black wheels for those police cars. He was a great friend. a gentle gentleman. He left us with many good memories...
Larry Koster, Lansing

John Luttig

January 6, 2013

Roy was a delight to work with at the Stein Hinkle Dawe Wood Johnson architectural firm. He will definitely be missed.

Shirley Cummings

January 6, 2013

I worked with Roy at the toy shop and will miss him dearly..He was such a thoughtful person and a true gentleman. His wonderful sense of humor always brightened my day.