George Rogers, 89, of Grandview died on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.
He was born Feb. 22, 1920 in Outlook to W.W. Rogers and Martha Ella Shields Rogers. He was the 11th of 14 children. He attended school in Sunnyside.
He began working on the farm of Tom Carpenter in 1939. In 1941 he went to Los Angeles, Calif. to work in the Lockheed aircraft factory.
He married Gladys Katherine Blankenship in Las Vegas, Nev. on Jan. 23, 1942. They made their home in California for two years. He returned to the Yakima Valley to work on his father's farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1946, where he served in Japan.
After an honorable discharge in 1947, he returned to a small home on Harrison Avenue in Sunnyside. In 1951 he moved his family to a 10-acre farm at 921 Swan Road, where he raised asparagus and mint.
He worked for the Carnation Dairy, then for Maid O'Clover until 1962, when he went to work for I.P. Callison buying mint oil from the local farmers. He finished his career working for the Lehman Mint Co. until he retired in 1987.
He married Wanda Rogers in June of 1989 and they made their home in Grandview.
He was an active member of Sunnyside First Baptist Church until his later years, when he became active at Grandview Christian Church.
He loved gardening, fishing, camping and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Rogers of Grandview; one sister, Helen Amundson (Les) of Sunnyside; one daughter, Linda Jett (Jim) of Newberg, Ore.; one stepson, Stanley Rogers (Ginny) of Wichita, Kansas; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys in 1988.
Viewing for George Rogers will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Private burial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sunnyside.
Memorials may be made to Lower Valley Hospice, Grandview Christian Church or First Baptist Church in Sunnyside.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.