OBITUARY

Craven Clark "Buck" Rogers Jr.

September 16, 1934August 4, 2016

Craven Clark “Buck” Rogers, 81, Lieutenant General (Retired), of Tampa, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on August 4, 2016. Born in Galveston, Texas to Craven Clark and Agnes Louise Rogers, he was the eldest of three sons. A proud Texan, he was also the great grandson of pioneers of the Oklahoma land rush. He was married for 59 years to the love of his life, Beverly, and together they raised 5 children, who gave them the joy of 12 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1957 and a Master's degree in Business Administration from George Washington University in 1973. His distinguished flying career consisted of 5,500 hours of flying time, including 255 combat missions in the F4C “Phantom” during the Vietnam War. He was heavily decorated during his career, including earning the Bronze Star, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Legion of Merit. During his career, he served in many capacities; including serving as Commander of the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing; Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force; Commander 314th Air Division; Commander of 7th Air Force, South Korea; Vice Commander in Chief U.S. Pacific Air Forces; and Deputy Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command during the Persian Gulf War. Throughout his career he was a proud fighter pilot. Following his military career, Buck served as Director of Auxiliary Services and then Vice President of Finance at the University of Tampa. He traveled the world; first as the son of an Army Air Corps Commander and subsequently as a military officer. Buck was a devout Catholic his entire life. He had a passion for aviation, Army football, reading, and history. He was a true American patriot with a deep love of his country. Above all he was a devoted husband and father who cherished his family. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Major Mark Whitney Rogers. He is survived by his wife Beverly; his children Cheryl Rogers, Laura Rogers, Clark Rogers (wife, Valerie), Regina Bryant and Susan Barger (husband, Van); his grandchildren Matthew, Riley, Gavin, and Coleman Parks; Clark, Ryan, and Austin Rogers; Annie, Emma, and Wesley Bryant; Carson and Madeline Barger; his brother Donald James Rogers (wife, Paula) and sister-in-law, Mary Rogers and children, Mark and Mary Ann. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, American Red Cross, or Wounded Warrior Project, of which Buck was an avid supporter. A memorial service celebrating Buck’s life will be held Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 1:00 p.m., at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 South Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL. Reception immediately following, McLoughlin Center, Christ the King Catholic Church. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 11, 2016
  • Reception Thursday, August 11, 2016

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service
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Craven Clark "Buck" Rogers Jr.

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L J

March 30, 2017

Family members: Please call the Lynn Haven Police Dept or WMBB in Panama City. In the news today 3/30/17: 2 large paintings, 1 of Mr. Cravens in uniform was found in the road in Lynn Haven.

August 14, 2016

Dear Beverly...Ann gave me the sad news and I have been thinking of you ever since. I have a lot of fond memories or you in Arlington and at Randoloph AFB. Stug is in FL and I think Ade and Stan have a summer place in Tampa. Would love to see you again. Love, Harriet

August 11, 2016

I am very sorry to hear of Clark passing away. He was a courtly gentleman, a quiet scholar, a leader of men, and a very fine gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It is my honor and privilege to know both Clark and Beverly.

Patricia Rudy

Dianne Featherston

August 10, 2016

You were like my brother and best friend.I can't express in words how sad I feel.I will never forget you my wonderful brother-in-law.
Dianne ("Button")

Dianne Featherston

August 10, 2016

Beverly,Cheryl,Laura,Clark,Regina,Susan
Our hearts are broken for you.We loved Clark
and will miss him deeply.Please know you are in all our thoughts and prayers.
Dianne and Keith

Lori & Solomon Knee

August 9, 2016

Mrs Rogers and family, we are very sorry and send our love and prayers.

August 9, 2016

Buck and Beverly made Seymour Johnson a special assignment for us. Buck was an Air Force leader. I had such a long conversation with him several weeks ago and his concern was for Beverly. My deepest condolences,

Lee Schwark

August 9, 2016

Buck was like a member of the Carey family. To Beverly and family we send our continuing prayers and support. We met Buck at Mac Dill AFB over forty years ago and have been close family friends since then.Buck was an outstanding leader and fighter pilot. He led by example Jerry Carey and Family

Anne Mullis

August 9, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Clark was a great man, and I was so fortunate to meet and get to know him and Beverly.

August 9, 2016

So very sorry, Bev and Family...May love hold you close and give you the strength you need.
Carol Larkins Curran
Audubon, PA