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Dale W. Rogers

Dale passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Alamo Nursing Home in Kalamazoo.

He was born May 3, 1931 in Allegan, the son of Clyde and Cecile (Emmons) Rogers. For over 30 years Dale owned and operated Roger’s Plumbing and Heating. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and playing the violin, especially on Sundays at the Merson Church where he was an active member. On June 17, 1950 in Allegan he married Glenda Grigsby who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Gary (Phyllis) Rogers, Terry (Beth) Rogers and Cindy (Ric) Brokus; grandchildren, Tad (Shelly) Rogers, Tim (Lori) Rogers, Sara Faulkner, Matt (Dana) Rogers, Wendie (Sean) Honeysett, Nathan Rogers, Ashley (Asa) Glass, Sean (Bethany) Rogers, Jamie (Ryan) Fox and Eric (Angela) Brokus, several great-grandchildren, siblings, Harry (Donna) Beach, Audrey Greiffendorf, Sandra (Bob) McParlan and sister-in-law, Phyllis Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his mother; step-father, Harry Beach; brother, Jim Rogers and grandson, Mark Faulkner.

Friends may pay their final respects and have private viewing times Thursday and Friday from 9AM until 5PM.

A private graveside service will be held at Trowbridge Methodist Cemetery on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 11AM.

Contributions in memory of Dale may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice

or the Merson Church.

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Debbie Mendez /mathis

May 12, 2020 at 5:50 pm

Glenda I’m so sorry for your loss .he was such a funny guy .he was always in a great mood his smile was infectious. I love doing his hair when he use to get perms lol that was along time ago .I sure loved that man .


Patricia King

May 12, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you. He was a fun person and I won’t forget the hunting trips.


Dan and Carol Fox

May 12, 2020 at 8:33 pm

Dale will always be remembered as the Life of the Party. His fun loving personality gave all of us so many wonderful memories, we will always cherish in our hearts.

The one and only Dale, you will be greatly missed by everyone.

Our thoughts and Prayers to the family. Sorry for your loss.


Beth, Terry Nathan Sean Bethany Ashley Asa Pierson and Reese

May 12, 2020 at 9:42 pm

Use the wings you have always had today, Dad Rogers. We will miss you greatly but praise Jesus for your Heavenly healing.

We love you.


Jack Webb

May 13, 2020 at 3:12 am

My thoughts are with this wonderful family as they go thru this terrible loss of a great man,friend and brother in the Lord. I have many fond memories of Dale ,his family and my time at Merson church. Dale was the one who lead me to the Lord one night after services. He will be missed by so many as he begins his final journey.


Steve Mathis

May 13, 2020 at 4:01 am

So sorry for your loss my prayers and thoughts are with you Dale was such a wonderful person I remember when he used to come to the house and help me out with my furnace couldn’t ask for a better man


Teresa Gallowsy

May 13, 2020 at 6:26 am

We are sorry for your loss. Praying that you lnow he is in a better place. Hold your memories close and let him soar with the angels.

Love to the family.

Bob and Teresa Gallowsy


Mike and Linda Phillips

May 13, 2020 at 6:46 am

Dale was so loved.

Always full of laughter, music, humor. He loved his family, his wife and his Lord.

I remember him playing along for Sunday services,, camp outs,. Etc. There was the church centennial, where he and everyone dress up ,he played his fiddle in the little band On the back of an old wagon.

He gave of his time and skills to help keep the church plumbing going, driving the old church bus, then a van.

Many good memories.

Praying for Glenda and the family.


Kathleen Groenewoud

May 13, 2020 at 7:17 am

Our deepest condolences Cindy, and the rest of the family. Your dad and my dad were good friends. Sending my love

Kathleen Groenewoud


Ricki Snyder

May 13, 2020 at 7:41 am

So sorry for all of the family. Dale was such a sweet man. God gained another angel. God bless the family. He will be missed.


Mike and Amy Pegg

May 13, 2020 at 8:04 am

So sorry for your loss. Sending Love and Prayers.


Connie C Grigsby

May 13, 2020 at 8:28 am

We are sorry for All of you in your Loss of this Wonderful Man. He will be fondly remembered! With Love, Nick & Connie Grigsby


Cathy Boysen

May 13, 2020 at 8:38 am

My sincere condolences to the entire family. May God hold you all in his arms during this time. Hold all those precious memories close to your hearts.


Carleen French

May 13, 2020 at 8:45 am

So sorry for your loss. Many great memories.


George Webb

May 13, 2020 at 9:04 am

Sorry for your loss. Dale was a great man and friend. He was loved by all. He was always smiling and fun to be around.

I remember him driving the car every Sunday to pick us up for church. He loved the Lord. We lost a great man but the Lord gained someone special. RIP Dale.


Holly and Tim Norman

May 13, 2020 at 9:32 am

Condolences to the Rogers’s family. Dale always had a way of putting a smile on your face. Sending all our love and big virtual hugs your way. ❤️❤️❤️


Howard & Nancy Beach

May 13, 2020 at 10:13 am

To the Rogers family:

So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with Dale when he would stop out to Central Auto especially with Carl Schanz, they could sure come up with some really good stories.

Unfortunately we are unable to make visitations, please accept our condolences

We will be thinking of the family on Saturday.


Lee and Diane Boysen

May 13, 2020 at 10:56 am

To the entire Rogers family: Please accept our most sincere condolences in the loss of Dale. Dale was a good man. He will be missed by many.


James Davis

May 13, 2020 at 11:03 am

Sorry to hear this news- we continue to be in prayer for your family. One of the many things is that Dale loved to play his fiddle in church, labor day campout, & at his home. The joy it brought to others was amazing. So many things that Dale did we didn’t always see as he loved on kids and people in his community. We are so blessed by him and his life. One day I know I will see him again because of his personal relationship with Jesus so until then…


Jan Kesling

May 13, 2020 at 11:41 am

I am feeling so much heartfelt sadness in the loss of Grandpa Dale and am sending much Love from the Bottom of my Heart to Glenda and to Dale’s Family——Still “My Family “ in my eyes & heart. I was always Dale’s “Janice steeeen” and he was always “My Buddy…Ole Gramps”, being the Best Father-in-law to me that one could ever ask for. He always new in his own way, how to show me his undivided love and his love & faithfulness to his Lord. He would stop at work & take me out to lunch quite often, he would stop by just to see how I was doing, he had a special heart for his grandkids. I tried to find him more work thru a sign saying Fill Dirt Wanted, in our spare time. He never forgot that one & still laughed about that one for many years! Such a fun spirit! We would talk & laugh together because of our unique relationship as Daughter-in-law to Father-in-law. My heart goes out to Glenda and Love them both so much. I know he is in Heaven now, tapping his foot and playing the “Ole Violin “ at the feet of Jesus… and I am here holding his precious memories forever in my heart til we can meet together again. Love you Grandpa Dale, From Your “”Jannie””


Al Nielsen Family

May 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Many memories over the tears.


Don and Shirley Brown

May 13, 2020 at 1:38 pm

So sorry for you loss but you have many great memories to fall back on. And how faithfull he always was. He and Glenda are great leaders of faith for all of us. He has his wings waiting for all to join him. God Bless and peace to all. Don and Shirley


Kelli Donovan and Family

May 13, 2020 at 3:09 pm

Pleas know he is carried in our hearts. He was friend to my dad LLoyd Polmanteer. He will be missed



May 13, 2020 at 3:33 pm

That smile and that laugh are alive as he unites with his Heavenly Father and family who went ahead of him. Rest In Peace Dale. Keep playing that fiddle!!


Sharon Knowlton

May 13, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Sending love & praying for Gods comfort & peace at this time. It is sad to say goodbye to our loved ones because we miss their presence but he has taken off this sinful body! He now is worshiping God face to face! No more pain or suffering! Gods blessings on his family & friends!

Bob & Sharon Knowlton


Sally A. Oge

May 13, 2020 at 5:39 pm

Sorry for your lose, he will be missed


Wilbur & Alice Seager

May 14, 2020 at 7:11 am

So sorry for your loss. We have enjoyed 30 years in Florida and here at home with your Father. We will miss him dearly.


Geo & Gail Johnson

May 14, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Glenda, Gary, Cindy, and family

Our most sincere condolences. May God bring peace and strength to your hearts during this sad time and find comfort in His promise to bring back to life those you love who have fallen asleep in death.

(1 Thessalonians 4: 13,14)

We first met Dale and Glenda when we bought the house on 104th avenue where they were living at the time, just before moving into the beautiful brick home behind us. Dale and I were very close. I rode with him on several service calls and he would always share his faith in the Lord with me. We had some great times playing “marbles” and the card game “14”. Dale and Glenda were a part of our card group for many years and we played once a week at each other’s homes. I helped Dale plant 10,000 pine trees in the field behind us, which he later sold for Christmas trees and harvested with his tree truck and planted for other folks.

When Dale was no longer able to drive himself, I drove him to doctors’ appointments, to get their little dog groomed, and other places. When we would get back home, we would exchange hugs and say that we loved each other. It has been heartbreaking these last few years to see the Alzheimer’s disease progress in Dale. I always feared a time would come when he would no longer recognize us.

We rejoice that he has shed the old decaying body and is now home with his heavenly Father, where there are no more tears and no more pain. Keep that fiddle tuned Dale, and we look forward to seeing you again someday. You will never be forgotten dear friend.


Bob & Jan Davis

May 14, 2020 at 8:45 pm

Dear Rogers Family,

Oh, the stories! Camping at Rice Lake in Canada was full of fishing, cleaning and frying fish. While out on the lake, Dale could get more tangled than I could. He was blamed for the smallest fish and he is still being blamed for any “minnows” that any of us catch.

In Arizona, Dale loved the people and you had to keep an eye on him. He had cactus stories-like the one that fell on a car in the parking lot. That one was true but I’m not sure about the rest. On trail rides he would ask people we met where the nearest Walmart was. He played in several jamborees at nearby resorts and we couldn’t get enough of his music.

Though we are sad for the loss here on earth, our hearts rejoice that Dale has arrived at his eternal home.


Beverly VanLandegent

May 15, 2020 at 8:26 am

Thinking of you all with Many Fun Fond Memories of Dale. He would Always give me a wink & cheesy smile, then charge towards me with a Big Hug saying I just Love them Woodhams’ girls’ Gonna get me one of the them. Many fun family times camping with them both w many of the same dear friends. Dale would say Always I’m “eyeballing” you & chase me around ALL the picnic tables & into the lake! My loving thoughts go out to Glenda and each one of you his loving family. He will be missed here with such Fond Fiddling Memories too until we all meet again.


Angie and Scott Polando

May 15, 2020 at 11:50 am

My heart goes out to the family! I will never forget the contagious laugh, smile, and “whiskers”. I am so thankful for the times we had together. His love for God, family, and friends will be the legacy he leaves behind! Love you!



May 15, 2020 at 11:55 am




Bill and Lynn Pike

May 16, 2020 at 7:34 am

Who can “refrain” from singing praise to our God for the “creative” expression of His love to us in the gift of Dale Rogers.

Thank you Rogers Family for sharing your dad and yourselves with our family and loving our parents like you have.

Isaiah 38:20 could be Dale’s testimony…”The Lord was ready to save me; therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.”



May 16, 2020 at 10:32 am

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a great husband, father, Grandpa. I am sure he will be missed by all. My prayers and thoughts are with you in the days to come.


Don and Janis Rouse

May 16, 2020 at 1:06 pm

So sorry Terry and family to hear of the passing of our father. Father’s have a special place in our lives. You know the memories will be with in the places you go, in the thing you do and in your hearts. Wishing you comfort in all the wonderful memories you have shared.


Steve & Rinda Pike

May 16, 2020 at 8:40 pm

There was never a time that Dale didn’t have a smile on his face, song in his heart and arms ready to embrace. The love of Jesus flowed through every vein in Dale’s body and because of that he touched manys lives with his testimony. I’m so praising the Lord for bringing Dale into our lives, we look forward to the day we will all Worship the Lord together again, for all eternity. We extend our Love and Prayers to Glenda, Gary & Phyllis and family, Terry & Beth and family, Cindy & Ric and family. The memories your dad left are treasures to reflect upon often.



May 17, 2020 at 7:28 am

Dale will always be remembered by our family as a down to earth kind person. We’ve always thought the world of him and Glenda. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

Ken, Tootie, & Cindy Whitaker


Tammy Austin

May 17, 2020 at 7:32 am

Rogers Family – I am so sorry for your loss but be of good cheer – I know where we will see Dale again. He was never private about his love for the Lord or his Merson family. I was a young child at Merson when Dale would use his God- given talent and play his violin. I was always in awe – he will never be forgotten and I look forward to that Heavenly reunion one day.

Tammy Austin


Mel & Sandy Peterson

June 11, 2020 at 7:45 am

Dear family – Dale & Glenda were great friends. They always welcomed everyone into their hearts and home. They enjoyed each other, and Dale loved playing the violin, and/or the good old fiddle tunes. Dale appreciated a good joke, had a healthy sense of humor, and a great laugh! He enjoyed and loved his family. He will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to each of you. God Bless.


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