Worthy Ray Rogers

Graveside services for Worthy Ray Rogers, 98, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014 at Memorial Park Cemetery. He died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Bridge Haven Memory Care in Lawrence.

Worthy was born April 19, 1916 in McLouth, KS the son of Ray and Lottie (Thompson) Rogers.

He served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.

He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church.

He worked at the flour mill where he met his wife. He later was a guard at the Sunflower Ammunition Plant. He then worked for Kansas Public Service until he retired in 1978. When he wasn’t working at the gas company he was building houses. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren, especially when they played baseball. He had a legendary garden.

He married Ina Bernice “Toots” Tobler on April 29, 1939 in Olathe, KS. She preceded him in death August 2, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Worthy Wayne Rogers and wife, Sharon, Lawrence; five grandchildren, Mark Chaney, Michael Chaney, Rodney Chaney, Lisa Johnson, Jennifer Jones; seven great grandchildren, Emily, Sara, Brianna, Matthew, Conner, Maren, Mackenna; two great-great grandchildren, Madeline and Oliver; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sharon Chaney, November 9, 2013; and son-in-law, Don Chaney; two sisters, Susie Budd, and Emma Hellstron; and a half-bother, Floyd Rogers.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Thursday the 19th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorial in his name to the Ballard Center and may be sent in care of the mortuary.


Online condolences may be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.

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  1. Bob & Patsy Moody on June 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    To the Rogers family,

    We were so sorry to hear of Worthy’s death. Worthy was one of the first people to welcome us to North Lawrence. I always enjoyed talking with Worthy and hearing his stories. He treated everybody with respect and admiration. And would assist in any way he could. He taught us one of the cardinal rules of neighborhood: the neighbor is just as important as the family. We shall miss him

    Bob & Patsy Moody

  2. Edward Gannon on June 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I shall always remember Worthy as one of the most knowledgeable men I have ever known. He is the actual definition of the titles “Gentleman” and “Courteous”. I am glad that he used to introduced me to people as his friend.
    Ed Gannon

  3. Ron House on June 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    So sorry to hear of Worthy’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to all the family. Ron and Velma House

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