OBITUARY

James "Tom" Thomas Rogers

May 29, 1943May 8, 2019

It is with great sadness and grief that we announce the passing of Tom Rogers, our kind-hearted, wise and loving father on May 8, 2019.

He will be missed beyond measure by all of his family and friends. He left us while sleeping peacefully in the Acute Care Unit at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Washington, with his daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Greg Gallagher at his side. He was in his 75th year. Tom devoted his career as regional alcohol dependency counselor to Spokane County. He had a passion for helping others overcome their addictions to gain healthy and happy lives. His compassion extended to his family and he was always available to provide comfort, expert advice, and understanding. As a young man, Tom was a natural athlete, and loved competing in basketball. Later, he became a staunch fan of the men’s Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball team and enjoyed watching their games with his wife, Nance, and any other family members that would indulge him. He and his brother, Pat often relived the games on their long-distance telephone conversations. Tom cared for his family with a strong sense of love, loyalty, and spirituality. He was known to offer sage words for all that would listen, and always tailored to the precise individual in need. His family knew they could lean on him and he would be sure to put a positive spin on life. He had a resolute belief in God and worshipped the Lord faithfully at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral during his life in Spokane. Born in Longview, Washington, in 1943 to his father James Rogers and his mother Harriet Childs. He was the admirable and blessed father to Chuck Rogers and Amy Riggs and step-daughters Renee Lehmann (Jon), Elaine DePonty, and Natalie Gallagher (Gregory), a treasured grandfather of Josh, Jarod, Patrick, Amanda, Kera, Wayner, Lyara, Roman, Alexandra, Bronte, Ryan, Corey, and Christopher. He cherished all of his siblings. He is terribly missed already, but we will see him again in Heaven, loving on his wife Nance and playing today’s crossword puzzle in the newspaper. A Catholic funeral mass to bless and honor Tom’s life will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, @1115 W Riverside, Spokane, Washington, on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10 AM.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, May 17, 2019

Memories

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Lynne Hydinger

May 18, 2019

I am a neighbor of Tom's son Chuck in Colorado. I wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Chuck and his family. I did meet Tom once when he visited. I know Chuck held his father in high esteem.
May Tom rest in peace.
Lynne Hydinger

Ron Tussey

May 16, 2019

Tom was one of the nicest men I've ever known. Honest to a fault and always ready for a fun conversation. After I left NEWTA, we were planning on getting together to discuss buying condos. It just never happened. A reminder not to put anything off. God speed my friend.

lyle kays

May 16, 2019

I worked with Tom at Pine Lodge correctional center. Sorry for your loss!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY