Memorial services for Steven Rogers, 60, Sidney, were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at the Faith Alliance Church in Sidney. Pastor Paul Turek officiated.
Committal services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at the Mandan Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, N.D. Pastor Merle Hoots will officiate. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Steven Wesley Rogers arrived kicking and screaming April 3, 1952, born to Lyle and Laura Rogers. He joined one sister and five brothers. He met his Savior, Jesus, on Sept. 27, 2012, to join his wife, Mary, and other relatives who had passed before him, including his parents and grandparents.
Steven attended grade school at Longfellow School, middle school at Erik Ramstad and high school at Minot High School. Steven decided to join the Army after high school, and there he got his GED.
Steven met and married Linda Noack, and this union produced two daughters, Melissa in 1970 and Tiffany in 1971. This marriage later ended in divorce. Steven entered the Army in December 1971 and proudly served his country for 20.5 years as a diesel mechanic and a truck master. He served various tours of duty, including Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, and several tours to Germany and other countries. He later married Rosemary Rhoads, now deceased.
Later in life, he met and married Mary Ann Merzbacher on May 14, 2003. They moved to Smithfield, N.C., where they lived until Mary decided they should move to North Dakota to be closer to Steve’s brother, Richard, so she could have some help caring for him because his health was failing. They purchased her dream house that she found on the Internet and prepared to move to North Dakota.
They got to Robinson, N.D., on April 2, 2009, celebrated their birthdays on April 3, and on May 19, when Mary was not feeling well, she went to the doctor to find she had stage IV ovarian cancer. In July of that year, they moved to Bismarck, N.D., with Richard and Dorothy Rogers and remained there until her death in March 2010.
Steve went back to Robinson in July and stayed there until November 2011 when his health got worse and he moved again to Richard and Dorothy’s, who by now had moved to Sidney.
He found out he had small cell lung cancer on Jan. 5, and started chemo and radiation on Jan. 26. Steve gave it a good fight, but his body was too weak to continue after the third round of treatments so he opted to go on Hospice. Steven died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at his home in Sidney after a long struggle with cancer.
Steven will be missed by all who knew and loved him and is survived by his two daughters, Melissa New, Fargo, N.D., Tiffany (Richard) Stone, Maple Plain Minn.; Mary’s son, Benjamin (Chrissy) Cassell III, and their son, Kyle, Baltimore, Md.; sister Corrine (Jim) Sand, Minot, N.D.; brothers Richard (Dorothy), Sidney, Gary (Sherry), Lovelock, Nev., Andrew Craig (Belva) Maricopa, Ariz., and sister-in-law Shari Rogers, Modesto, Calif.
Steve is also survived by three grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and two adopted grandchildren of a close friend
The family requests memorials to the Hospice program, Sidney Cancer Care Center or a donor of one’s choice.
The family wishes to thank all our friends and families, the Faith Alliance Church family, the Hospice team and the Sidney cancer and Tomo Therapy team for all their support and kindness shown to Steven throughout his entire illness.
We can never repay the kindnesses you have granted us and the blessings we have received throughout Steven’s illness.