Gerald Lynn Rogers
Dayton — Gerald Lynn Rogers, 60, of Dayton very peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thursday September 16, 2021. Jerry passed away at his home with his loving family by his side, after a long two-year battle with lung cancer.
Jerry was born July 29, 1961, to Alma B. (Fyock) Rogers and Alfred T. Rogers at TriCounty Hospital in Gowanda, N.Y. He was raised in Dayton and went on to raise his own family in Dayton, also.
Whether you knew him by Jerry, Jer Bear, Dad, Papa, or Shorty, you could not help but love him. His life was taken too soon, but he is no longer in pain or suffering. Please dry your tears and remember all the fun, the laughs and the good times you had with him because that is what he would want.
Jerry leaves behind his beloved wife of 40 years Ruthann (Mardino) Rogers who he married July 25, 1981, at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Gowan-da, N.Y. His marriage was officiated by Father Paul Whitney. Jerry also leaves behind his cherished children: Shawn Rogers, Heather and Brad Mohawk, and his pride and joy, grandson Karson Mohawk. Jerry is survived by his only sister Bonneta (Char-lie) Nobles. Jerry affectionately called Bonnie “Bontas”. Jerry is also survived by his two brothers: Alfred E. Rogers (Paula) and Bruce W. Rogers, his father and mother-in-law Robert and Darlene (Morley) Mardino, his three sisters-in-law: Victoria (George) Greene, Angeline (Robert) Mardino-Miller, Darlene (William) Stark. Along with many nieces and nephews, a multitude of great nieces and nephews and his God children who looked up to him and loved him very much. Jerry also leaves behind so many dear and close friends – too many to name, but they know who they are.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Al Rogers, and brother, Norman C. Rogers.
Jerry began his 40-year career at Kistner Concrete in Springville the day after he graduated from high school. He started as a laborer and moved on to truck driver, foreman, Production Supervisor and worked his way up to the Plant Manager. He always took pride in every job he did.
Jerry loved traveling and has enjoyed many vacations with his family. One of his very favorite places to take his family was to Disney. Jerry loved motorcycle rid-ing, he loved to just go riding and getting lost on the bike and have the sun guide him home. Jerry and Ruthie enjoyed many motorcycle trips with his many wonderful friends.
Jerry would aim for the highest standard in what-ever he set out to do, including the renovation of a small house into their beautiful home. He took special enjoyment in creating his family camp and helping his daughter with her day-care. There was nothing he couldn’t fix, and no one he wouldn’t help. His willingness to help others, his great sense of humor, his infectious laugh, and his love for his family were just a few of the things that made Jerry so special.
He enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, rabbit hunting with his dog Gus or deer hunting. His love for hunting with his father-in-law Robert was no exception. Jerry harvested many bucks over the years with both a bow and shot-gun. He was very proud when he got his 13-point buck Nov. 20, 2016, and honored when that buck made it into the New York State Big Buck Club.
Jerry was very competitive, he loved softball, horseshoes, and shooting pool, he was on many teams and involved in many tournaments. He received many trophies and awards for horseshoe tournaments and APA pool league. He was also famous for having won the Maple Lodge Horseshoe Tournament nine years in a row.
He loved participating in the Seneca Fall Festival Horseshoe Tournament, he won the Top Gun Pool Tournament at Cousins in 2018.
You would not find a more avid, or “Loud and Proud” Buffalo Bills fan than Jerry Rogers!!
He was a current member of the Gowanda Moose and Sons of the American Legion Post 409 in Gowanda.
Jerry had a heart to help those in need and he was very supportive of The Master’s Plan Ministries in Dayton, and the Dayton Food Pantry.
Jerry’s Celebration of Life will be held on September 25, at 10 a.m. at Jerry’s favorite place. For directions, call the family. There will be a luncheon to follow at The Master’s Plan Cafe, 9586 Railroad Ave, Dayton, N.Y.
Memorials may be made to Homecare and Hospice of Cattaraugus County.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 105 East Main St. in Gowanda.