Eugene N. "Buck" Rogers

  • Born: February 22, 1924
  • Died: January 15, 2018
  • Location: Spring Hill, Florida

Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes

4450 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, FL 34606

Tel. (352) 596-4991

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rogers, Eugene "Buck"
93, of Spring Hill, FL, died Monday, January 15, 2018 in Lakeland, FL. Buck was born in Atlanta, GA in 1924 and was raised on a 200-acre farm in Norcross, GA.
After graduating Norcross High School in 1942, he entered the Army and was a Paratrooper in WWII from 1943-1946. He chose to attend Paratrooper training and was assigned to the 325th Glider Infantry regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. Before deciding on paratrooper training he was assigned as a machine gun operator in the 106th infantry division. He credited this decision for saving his life, as the 106th was overrun in the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge and most all the 106th troops were killed or captured. After the war, he was a part of the occupation force in Berlin, Germany and sailed back to the U.W. on the Queen Mary. He marched in the Victory parade in NYC on Jan. 12th 1946, walking down 5th Avenue.
Returning to Norcross, he worked as a mechanic, then at Sears & Roebuck in the stockroom. It was there that he met and courted his future wife, Sue Reid. They married in June 1947 and honeymooned in Biloxi, MS-the happiest days of his life. Sue provided Buck inspiration throughout his entire life, even after her passing in 1989.
Buck found his career at Gulf Oil Corp., starting in the mailroom, and eventually rising to be the Assistant Supervisor of the Payroll Dept. He was transferred to Sugarland, TX from 1976-1984. and after 36 1/2 years of service at Gulf, he retired to Spring Hill, FL in Dec. 1984. His decision to retire in Florida was made in the 1950s, after a long driving vacation down the east coast to the Florida Keys and back up the west coast of Florida. Initially, he believed he wanted to retire in Sarasota, but when it came time to look for retirement homes, nothing seemed to fit. On his way home, he passed through Spring Hill and liked the area. He located at a lot for sale in River Country and decided to build a home there.
Buck spoke often of his happy memories of childhood; swimming in the creek, fishing, playing baseball and marbles, and enjoying his mother's Southern cooking. His favorite food was green beans, but loved Cracker Barrel chicken and dumplings and fried seafood too. He also loved Publix cherry pie. His most cherished possession was his grandfather's pocket watch. He proclaimed quitting smoking in the early 1960s as his biggest accomplishment. Fishing trips to Steinhatchee, FL and hosted fish fries for the family was one of his great joys. At one point in time, Buck was listed as the State of Georgia record holder for the largest Largemouth Bass caught in Clarks Hill lake. Family vacations to Florida was one of his pleasures, staying in Daytona Beach most of the time. He attended many Daytona 500 races and enjoyed watching NASCAR races on TV. His favorite color was blue, and he was proud that his hair stayed a dark brown his entire life.
Buck was the fourth child of six to Ophelia, a housemaker, and Jess Rogers, a streetcar operator in Atlanta. He had dogs as pets growing up. Independence Day was his favorite holiday and remembered lighting the fireworks in the street as a young teen. In his later years he enjoyed walking, driving to Ozello, FL to eat fried oysters at Peck's and visiting with neighbors and family. On his 90th birthday, family from across the country gathered in Florida to celebrate his long life--we know Buck secretively loved being the center of attention on such a special day.
Buck was a hardworking, devoted, friendly Southern gentleman, eager to start up a conversation with neighbors on his walks around the neighborhood and watching ducks at the park. He saw value in things others would throw out, and occasionally would find treasures such as a 1948 portable Singer sewing machine and valuable rare coins. He was constantly on the go and would get frustrated if something slowed him down. He mowed his own grass until his final years of life, because he wanted to - and still could.

Buck is survived by Drs. Elaine Rogers and Jo Greenawalt of Stoudsburg, PA, Robert and Shelley Rogers of Plant City, FL, and Drs. Ron and Genelle Pernia of Tuscaloosa, AL. Surviving grandchildren include Jake, Josh, Ashley, Kaili, Santiago and Chloe, and great-grandson, Jaxon.

A viewing at 11:00 a.m. and a funeral service at 12:00 p.m. will be held Monday, January 22,2018 at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, 4450 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606. Following the service, a graveside burial will be held at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, 14354 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, FL 34609.