James Rogers

James Rogers

James D. Rogers of Jenison, Michigan, formerly of Allegan and Haines City, FL, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at his home. Mr. Rogers was born January 31, 1930 in Kalamazoo to Clyde and Cecile (Emmons) Rogers. For over 20 years he owned and operated Allegan Burner Service. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

On August 4, 1950 in Kalamazoo he married Phyllis Kitsmiller, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Debbra (Roger) Miller of Grand Rapids and Cheryl (Terry) Strong of Arizona; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Glenda) Rogers; half brothers and sisters, Harry (Donna) Beach, Audrey Griffendorf, Sandra (Robert) McParlin, Chuck (Norma) Rogers, Larry Rogers, Lou Ann (Scott) Boyd, Russell Rogers and Penny (Pete) Warren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Rogers; his mother, Cecile Beach; and a half brother, Earl Rogers.

Friends may meet with Jim’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 19, 2013, Pastor Alan Carson, Sr. and Pastor Gail Pike officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Dick & Joyce Mills says:

    We were so sad to hear of Jim’s passing.
    Even when you’re prepared, you’re not.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and
    your family.

  2. Marilyn Walters says:

    Phyllis, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, and my heart goes out to you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
    during this difficult time, I hope you will return to Lake Region –
    I will miss seeing you riding around in the golf cart with Hamblen’s
    in the evenings. Hugs and blessings, Marilyn

  3. Eleanor & Al Nielsen says:

    Phyllis and family, our prayers are with you at this time.
    He was a great guy! Hugs to all,
    Eleanor & Al

  4. Kim Kerr says:


    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.



  5. Mal & Jo Scott says:

    So sorry to hear about Jim. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Leslie Wilson(Emmons) says:


    We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy. He was always ready with a smile and a laugh. My mother always loved his fish fries and he was always their to lend a helping hand when needed. He will be sorely missed. He was a wonderful person and a great neighbor.

    Leslie & Jason Wilson (Emmons)
    Larry Emmons

  7. Tom and Pam Lewis says:

    Aunt Phyllis, Debbie and Sheri
    We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. He was such a special uncle and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Love to all. Tom and Pam

  8. Jerry and Judy Whitaker says:

    Phyllis so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. the carlson family says:

    Phyllis, Debbie and Sheri

    Connie just called us, Mom Kathy Evelyn and I, to let us know about Jim. We are all down in Florida with Mom and will not be able to attend the services for Jim.

    We send our condolences and prayers, while we are assured that to b,e absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. All of us have and retain fond memories of Jims positive and friendly spirit.

    Like Kathy just said, “They were such good neighbors”

  10. Mike & Marie Gardner says:

    Phyllis& Family,
    Mike & I are so sad to hear of Jim’s passing .He was a great guy. He’ll be very much missed. Our love and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Mike & Marie Gardner

  11. Pat and Nancy Ellis says:

    Phyllis, Debbie and Sheri,
    Thinking of you today as we just learned about Jim. My thoughts are going back to our childhood and all the fun spent in your home at the lake and what great parents you were to put up with all of us crazy neighbors and friends. Jim always seemed to enjoy it and never complained. Although we are in Florida, I hope you can feel the warm hug that we are sending each of you.
    Nancy and Pat

  12. Russ and Carol Smith says:

    Phyllis and Family,

    We always admired Jim for his genuine kindness and happy personality. It has been a long time since we were all together at Merson Church, but He will never be forgotten. Sincerely, Russ and Carol Smith Now of the upper penninsula.

  13. Gale & Patricia Emmons says:

    I was so very sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. I will always remember the fun times when we were kids. As in all lives, as we grow older and have our own families, the closeness seems to strain as we get into our own families. I wish the family peace and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. The Read Family says:

    Phyllis, Debbie and Sheri,

    We are truly sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great neighbor who always had a friendly smile and willingness to lend a hand when needed. We have many fond memories of your family and the fun times we had growing up by the lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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