Edward Donald Rogers, age 72, passed away at his home on Sunday, September 13, 2020. Ed was born in Pasco-Kennewick, Washington, on July 29, 1948, to George and Molly (McMachen) Rogers. He grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota, and attended Catholic School there, where he played some good basketball. At age 17, Ed signed up for the draft and served for three years in the Army Infantry and three years in the US Marine Corps as a Gunnery Sergeant. He was awarded many medals for his three tours in Vietnam including three purple hearts.
While in Seoul, South Korea, Ed met and married Steven's mother, who was from Australia. After his discharge from the war, they came to Walker. He worked various jobs including building highways for the DNR and law enforcement for Red Lake Reservation. Edward attended BSU and NDSU and graduated with degrees from both colleges. His interests were anthropology and history. He loved to travel and continuously visited many places around the United States. He was a well-trained boxer, following in his father's footsteps who taught him the sport. His family was very important to him, and in his later years, he lived in Minneapolis where he took care of his mother and his sister Marianna and was willing to offer help to his son Steven. Upon retirement, Edward moved back to the Akeley/Walker area where he stayed until his death.
Edward is survived by his son, Steven Edwards of Akeley; sister, Marianna Litsey of Minneapolis; half-sister Sue Ellen Roffery of Sidney, Australia; and cousin Gregory Larson of Park Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Priscilla Rogers.
A graveside funeral service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Walker, on Monday, September 28, 2020, beginning at 2:00pm. Arrangements are being provided by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service, Walker, MN.
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