Rogers, James E., Saginaw, Michigan

Loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, passed away suddenly Saturday, November 5, 2011, at his home. Age 72 years. He was born October 1, 1939, in Almer Township, Tuscola County, the son of the late Wallace D. and Katherine (Seene) Rogers. He graduated from Vassar High School and later attended Delta College. He served with the US Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He met Judy A. Jacobi and they became engaged. He converted to Catholicism and was baptized on December 20, 1964 at Queen of Angels Retreat House, with Bob Dunn as his Godfather. Jim had been employed at Means Stamping for 6 years, and later worked at Grey Iron Foundry as a skilled trades painter for 36 years, retiring on June 1, 1998. He was highly respected in his field. He was a member of UAW Local 668. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Jim enjoyed fishing, cooking, carpentry, gardening, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jim had a very loving heart and would help anyone he could, especially his family. He loved his daily newspaper, the Food Network, and Western movies. In 1989, he saved a 2 year old child from a burning car. He was a man of courage. We will truly miss him! He married Judy A. Jacobi on October 2, 1965, celebrating 46 years of marriage this past month; she survives him. He also leaves his children, Annmarie Rogers and fiancé Scott Hale, Amy and Patrick O’Connell, and Matthew Rogers and fiancée Amanda Gave; grandchildren, Nicholas (Sydney), Evan, Luc, Nolan, Kiley, Teagan, Shine, Alex, Jordyn, Lincoln and Jacen; one great-granddaughter, Olivia; special family friends, Noor and Somya, and their parents; his brother, Duane “Bud” Rogers; brothers-in-law, Dan (Mary Ann) Jacobi and Larry (Carol) Jacobi; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister Karen. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road. Rev. Fr. David Parsch will officiate. Military honors will be under the auspices of American Legion Post #439. His family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, where they may meet at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday for a parish Vigil service. Friends and family may then gather at the church at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Holy Spirit Catholic Church or the American Heart Association.