Frank Andrew "Andy" Rogers
May 9, 1931 – July 19, 2018
Frank Andrew “Andy” Rogers, age 87, of Nashville, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Brown County Community Health and Living. He was born to Andrew Jackson “Jack” Rogers and Jane (Safford) Rogers, May 9, 1931 in Indianapolis, where his father was an executive with the Marmon Motor Car Company. The family moved to Bloomington, their primary residence, while also maintaining a residence in Nashville, where his father established the Nashville House hotel and restaurant with Fred Bates Johnson in 1927. While Andy was educated in Bloomington, graduating from University High School in 1949, he spent much of his spare time Brown County. Andy often reminisced about the summer after his freshman year in college, when he and a friend traveled to Texas in search of oilfield jobs. In Dallas, they bought 1938 LaSalle hearse, which they used for economical travel and lodging. Jobs proved hard to find, and after a short stint unloading 84-pound bags of plaster for a lumber company, Andy went to Oklahoma and spent the rest of the summer working for a seismology company searching for oil. He enrolled in Indiana University in 1950 and joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Not particularly happy with fraternity life, he left school to join the Navy, where he completed the Fire Control Technician School in 1953. After four years in the Navy, he went back to IU and received his degree in General Business Administration from the Indiana University School of Business in 1957. In 1959, on the death of his father, Andy took over the Nashville House – by then rebuilt as a restaurant after the original structure was totally destroyed by fire in 1943– along with a number of rental properties known as Shopper’s Lane. An astute businessman, he continued to extend his commercial holdings in Nashville, building the Brown County Federal Building (later the Professional Building) in 1967, building the 88 unit Ramada Inn (later The Seasons) in 1969, opening The Ordinary restaurant in 1974, adding The Franklin House rentals in 1978, buying the Brown County Inn from a Cincinnati company in 1991, and acquiring Antique Alley from the Alice Weaver estate in 1992. Never forgetting businesses are only as strong as the communities in which they reside, Andy was extremely active in local government and instrumental in making sure development money was available for business ventures. Encountering difficulties in raising money to build a hotel, he began a savings and loan in Nashville in 1973, moving later into banking ventures in Bloomington and Michigan City. He held many and varied offices over the years, including Treasurer of the Brown County Central Democratic Committee, President of the Board of Trustees, member of the County Planning Commission, the County Tax Adjustment Board, the Brown County Community Foundation Board, County Election Board, the Brown County Library Board, and represented the county on the state board of tourism. He was generous with support and advice for other Nashville business owners, many of whom credit him with contributing to their success. The Rogers family had a special relationship with the state flagship Brown County State Park. Andy’s father Jack managed the Abe Martin Lodge in the Park when Andy was a child; Andy managed the Lodge for periods in the 1960’s and the 1990’s. His daughters have happy childhood memories of playing in and have generations of family photographs taken in the Park. He loved nature. He bought, restored and expanded an historic log cabin in the woods where he lived for many years, greatly enjoying feeding the birds and the squirrels. He was an active member of the Sycamore Land Trust, ensuring land was protected for the future of the environment. Andy was a significant patron of the arts. He served for decades on the Brown County Playhouse Board of Directors, leased the land to them for $1/year (which he never collected), ultimately donating the property to the IU Foundation for the exclusive use of the Playhouse. He provided a helping hand to a number of local artists, including buying and holding the Brown County Art Guild building until local artists could afford to take possession. He honored history – he was a founding member of the Brown County Historical Society – while looking to the future, helping build a strong community for the next generation. His mother was active in the Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington when Andy was young, and he was instrumental in the establishment of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Brown County, in December of 1959. Andy is survived by his five daughters, Debby Rogers, Jane Safford (Ron) Herr and Gina Sarah Rogers, all of Nashville, Anne Elinor Rogers, of Plymouth, Minnesota and Andrea “Andi” (Lance) Rogers-Bartels, of Freetown, Indiana, one sister, Jean Rogers Lowry, of Indianapolis and five grandchildren, Frank Andrew Herr, Benjamin Gordon Herr, Andino Rafael Silvania, Nolan Thomas Bartels and Ella Frances Bartels. Andy was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Judith Elinor Trittin Rogers Allen and his second wife, Frances White “Fran” Rogers who passed on January 16, 2017. He and Fran were married on September 28, 1971. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Seasons Conference Center in Nashville. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Andy’s name can be made to any of the organizations he supported. Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences may be given to the family at
Celebration of Life
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Seasons Conference Center
St. Rd. 46
Frank Andrew "Andy" Rogers
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August 12, 2018
I became friends with Andy in 1980 when we were part of a group that recapitalized Bloomington National Bank, then again a bank in Michigan City a few years later. After several invitations to visit Mickie and me at our place in Gulf Shores, which Andy would decline by telling me not to worry about him, just "get your little pail and shovel, Dick, and play in the sand," I finally wrote a letter to (then) little Gina nd Andi telling them they were invited to the beach and their Dad wouldn't let them go! That worked; they visited, and built a place just down the beach soon after. We had lot of fun in GS, a lot of fun in many and various business ventures over many, many years, and if we were not best friends, we sure were very close to it. We also got to know Anne when she was on the beach taking a break from Minnesota winters and knew Debby from her work in Indy. Our sympathies to all of you. Mickie and Dick
PS. I love the hat; it brought back a lot of memories about the fact that Andy would not change his manner of dress for anyone, including the Federal Reserve Board at a January meeting in a very cold Chicago. Mickie and I will sure try to be there on the 25th; Andy was a very important friend to us for many, many, years.
August 9, 2018
I learned many things from my dad. I spent hours going through the files and books in his office in the last eighteen months, and it was sort of like a physical manifestation of Pinterest. He had files on so many different things that caught his attention, from solar and wind power to causes from the Sycamore Land Trust to the Southern Poverty Law organization. He had memorabilia from his businessman's trip to Russia and China. He had cooking magazines and collections of recipes. He had books ranging from biography to general fiction to mysteries to references on everything from birds to manhole covers. His files were a trip down memory lane of all the people helped over the years. I learned many things from my dad. He taught me to paddle a j-stroke in a canoe. He taught me the value of money and how to manage a budget. He taught me the world is full of interesting things and that we all have responsibilities to the communities in which we live. I learned many things from my dad.
August 5, 2018
Dear Rogers Girls: I so enjoyed working with your Dad over the years. I have been a fundraiser and special events coordinator in Bloomington since 1987. I've raised money for 16 projects, and, in almost every case, I'd ask your Dad for his support. Lucky for me, there were several projects he took an interest in: the John Waldron Arts Center, the Vietnam Memorial, the Lotus Dickey Songbook, and, a couple of others. Believe me, he always asked hard questions (and, thankfully, I always had the answers). In 1990, I believe it was, I learned of the "No Name Committee" Christmas fundraiser at The Ordinary and I began to go every year. Of course, Mr. Rogers was always there. And, frankly, I always patronized his restaurants because I knew he'd be serving good food! It is truly amazing all that your Dad did for Nashville and Brown County. The Brown County Playhouse, alone, would have been a great accomplishment. I know how proud you all must be of him. I'd love to come on August 25, but, will be on vacation. May your Dad rest in peace and it was GREAT knowing him! In Sympathy, Evelyn Powers, Bloomington, IN
July 20, 2018
Many years ago, I told Andy about people calling me anything but Betsy. The last was a picture of me riding a donkey at the high school donkey basketball game. I showed the picture with "Nancy" Hawkins, written on the back. He thought that was so funny and from then on called me Charlie. Fran joined in and that became my name for many, many, years. I still use that name today in some way, for passwords! :)
Andy loved Nashville and I hope the town leaders can follow in his footsteps.
He will be missed and remembered always. So sorry, but he and Fran are happy now, I'm sure.
Becky Altop Zody
July 19, 2018
You know I loved them both and am overjoyed that they are both free! They were major people in my life, as I am sure you know. I celebrate knowing, loving and learning from them. They were the best. Please allow others to comfort you. Hugs