Volney Duane (“Von”) Rogers was born on November 27, 1937 to Milton H. and Agnes E. (Bakke) Rogers in Vancouver, Washington.
Von was a member of the Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA). He attended Adventist schools in Washington, Montana, and Oregon, and graduated from Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Washington in 1957. He attended Oregon Polytechnic, Clark College, and Auction College in Billings, Montana.
In 1958 Von Judy Cox married Judy’s sister and brother in a double wedding.Law. The wedding took place at Meadow Glade SDA Church, followed by a cake and punch reception.
Von loved mechanical things and had a knack for them – Cars, boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and planes – and had a collection of them over the years.
Von worked hard and played hard. He fished commercially in Alaska for 23 years and steered his new boat from Washington to Bristol Bay, above the Aleutian chain. He also had a pilot’s license and flew his own plane to the fishing grounds, the east coast and the border with Guatemala. When she is not at home, Von can be found on an adventure – many motorcycle tours through various states, including to Arkansas, or snowmobile trips to Canada and through Yellowstone National Park. The motorhome always pulled a trailer with toys or a jeep behind it, ready for a new experience.
Von enjoyed spending time with family and friends in her hut on Lake Deka. His favorite activities there were fishing, boating, water skiing, canoeing and rook games. Watching and enjoying visits from wildlife such as bears, moose, pumas, deer, and a wide variety of birds was also one relaxing pastime of him in the cabin.
He’s worked at Lightey Mill, Rhodes Refrigeration, Northwest Motor Welding, and Columbia Auction from. In addition to his annual fishing, he owned his own business, the Bargain Center, which he later sold to his son in retirement. In retirement, Von’s thirst for adventure traveled to 13 countries, many places in the United States and as far as Africa on mission trips to build schools and churches with SAGE (Seniors in Action for God with Excellence), an Adventist service organization.
On May 28, 2021, after several years of deteriorating health, Von died of lung disease at the age of 84, at home with his 63-year-old wife by his side.
Von is survived by his wife Judy; Son Kelly; and daughter April (Ken) Rogers; Granddaughters Kami (Johnny) Vargas and Nicolette (Austin) Powell; Grandson, Landon (Emily) Rogers and Trenton (Karen) Rogers; a new great-granddaughter, Charlotte Rogers; and brothers Harold and Charles. In death his father Milton preceded him; Mother, Agnes; Stepmother, Margaret; and two nephews, Daniel and Mark Rogers.
On June 4, 2021 took place in Brush. a funeral service is held Prairie, Washington.
We miss von his family, family, friends and everyone who knew him very much.