PLAINS – Joe Rogers of Plains, having fought a courageous battle with cancer, passed away Nov. 29, 2814. He was 70 years old. Joe was born in Hicksville, Ohio, on July 29, 1944. He graduated from Antwerp High School in Antwerp, Ohio, in 1962. Joe served in the Army and then in the National Guard while doing factory work in Woodburn, Indiana.
His adventuresome spirit led him to Alaska, where he lived in the bush trapping, hunting and prospecting for gold. He worked on the Alaska pipeline and eventually landed in Bristol Bay fishing for salmon. In early 1980, he went into the petroleum business with locations in Dutch Harbor and Seattle.
It was while working in Seattle that he met his lovely wife, Lana Pierce. Once again his love of nature led him and Lani to Montana, where they settled in Plains in 1995.
Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Rogers-Harlin. He is survived by his wife, Lani Pierce-Rogers; mother, Kathryn Rogers of Hicksville, Ohio; sisters, Judy Johnson and Debra Cacino of Hicksville, Ohio; brother, Jim Rogers of Plains; niece, Tina Johnson-Judy; nephews, Matt Johnson and Billy, Gene and Jim Harlin; cousins, Bill Bricker and Nancy Chapman; and his lifelong best friend, Duane DuCharme of Indiana.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church in Plains at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a luncheon at the VFW Hall in Plains.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to the Cancer Network of Sanders County, P.O. Box 1311, Plains, MT 59859.