Rogers Carroll Wheatley, 85, passed away from complications due to diabetes on July 16, 2012, in Gresham, Ore. He was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Derby, Ind., to Lester and Audrey Wheatley.
Rogers married Glen Ellen Siens on Aug. 7, 1946, in Quartzsite, Ariz. He proudly served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years until retiring, during which he was stationed in Texas, Virginia, New Mexico, Okinawa (Japan) and Spokane.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Eastern Washington University and went on to enjoy an 18-year career as a business teacher and coach at the high school in Cascade Locks, where he lived for 39 years.
Rogers enjoyed vegetable gardening, playing and coaching baseball, coaching youth athletics, square dancing and volunteering in his community. He proudly served in many leadership roles in civic and government organizations, including city councilman and as mayor for Cascade Locks.
He was a member of the Lions Club International-Columbia Gorge, where he served with distinction as district governor, Elks Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was also a member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife, Glena, of Gresham; daughter Sherrie Charbonneau and her husband, Garry, of McMinnville; son Glenn Wheatley and his wife, Barb, of Damascus; brother Chester Wheatley of Thayer, Kansas, and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Louise Biddle and Mary Schenk.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. at Cascade Locks Community Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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