John Douglas Rogers “Buck”, age 74, passed away at home on May 16, 2020 due to complications resulting from glioblastoma cancer. He was born in Auburn, WA on December 5, 1945 to John and Louise (Thorpe) Rogers. John’s family also included his sisters Dolores “Dody” and Joan “Toni” and a nearby large extended family.
He was a dedicated student-athlete participating in football and track. Following his graduation from Enumclaw Senior High School, John attended the University of Washington on a four-year Weyerhaeuser Scholarship. He married his high school sweetheart, Kristine Jane Jensen, and transferred to Central Washington University to finish his undergraduate studies in business.
After college, John had a long career in the insurance industry beginning with Aetna Life & Casualty. Over the course of his career, he worked as an executive for major insurance companies including The New Hampshire as well as leading brokerage houses such as Raleigh Mann & Powell and Parker Smith & Feek earning important industry certifications and accolades. John was a committed family man and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His hobbies included bowling, hiking, camping, fishing, and tracing his family’s genealogy in Denmark, Wales, and Ireland. He was active in the Danish Brotherhood, Puget Sound Welsh Society, and in Hope Lutheran Church.
John was an accomplished painter. He drew inspiration from the French Impressionist movement and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest especially Mt. Rainier.
John is survived by his wife of 54 years Kristine Jane; his daughter Kristin Schuver and son-in-law Bill Schuver; his son Aaron Rogers and daughter-in-law Amy Keating Rogers; his grandchildren Meagan Karlsson (Jimmy Karlsson), Austin Schuver, Moira Rogers and Soren Rogers; his great-grandchildren Axel & Emelie Karlsson; as well as his sister Dody.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hope Lutheran Church, South County Cats, or Featherhaven. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date depending on coronavirus restrictions. Please share a memory of John on the tribute wall and check back for updated service information.
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