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Gary Lynn Rogers, age 70, passed away on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. Gary, who was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, most recently resided in Franklin, Indiana. He grew up in Flat Rock, Indiana, and also spent many years living in New Whiteland and Shelbyville. He was born to Lawrence John Franklin and Cova Ann (Bartlett) Rogers on November 10th, 1948.
Gary was a man of many hobbies. He loved making memory scrapbooks, watching classic films, playing games with his family, and being a voracious reader. Gary was also a collector. He had a book collection that could rival some local libraries, and enough movies to fill a video store. He also saved comic strips, TV Guides, historic magazines, and newspapers of important cultural events. Gary had an extensive music collection that spanned over four decades, from 8-tracks, to 45’s and vinyl albums, to cassette tapes, and CD’s. Those who knew Gary best, know that he was a huge music lover! He had a special fondness for rock ‘n’ roll oldies, but he also enjoyed listening to country, gospel, pop, and Christmas music. He attended dozens of concerts over the years, including Elvis, The Beach Boys, Rick Nelson, Paul McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel, Three Dog Night, Loretta Lynn, John Mellencamp, and so many more! One of his prized possessions was a Billboard Hits book that he took to concerts so he could get autographs from several of the musical acts that he got to see perform over the years.
Gary is survived by his daughters Jill Natalie (Rogers) Harding of Indianapolis, and Wendy Dawn (Rogers) Gregory of New Whiteland; his former wife of 37 years, Vicki Jean (Loveless) Kennedy; his brothers Randall Lawrence Rogers, and Jeffrey Brian Rogers; his granddaughters, Patches Dawn (Gregory) Green, and Paisley Dawn Seng; and his great-grandson Rowan Phineas Dean Finchum.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Philip Alan Rogers.
Some of Gary’s fondest memories in life were pretending to be a DJ as a kid, playing basketball in the yard of his family home, going to church with his mom, getting into hysterical laughing fits with his three younger brothers, playing cards and board games with his former wife Vicki and their two girls, and reading stories to his granddaughters. He enjoyed all kinds of events with family, including old movies at The Artcraft, shows and Christmas Cantatas at The Strand, dance recitals for his granddaughters, and annual Halloween parties at the home of his daughter Jill and son-in-law Michael Lee Harding. Recent highlights were sharing a bit of his past with his daughters at his 50th High School Reunion; expressing his patriotism at a political rally in Carmel with his youngest daughter Wendy when Donald Trump was campaigning for president; rocking out at a Buddy Holly Tribute concert with his oldest daughter Jill in Shelbyville; and celebrating the accomplishments of his youngest granddaughter Paisley, and great-grandson Rowan at a kindergarten awards program. He especially loved getting to attend his oldest granddaughter Patches Dawn’s beautiful wedding to Elliot Samuel Green in Eagle Creek last summer.
Gary was a humble man who made a big impact on all those who were lucky enough to have met him. He will be missed tremendously. Though he’s gone much too early, his memory will continue to live on in all who loved him.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. His immediate family will notify family members and friends of the ceremony arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association, or the American Mental Health Foundation.
Arrangements entrusted to Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel.
American Heart Association
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American Mental Health Foundation
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