Stephen C. Rogers

May 7, 2013

Stephen C. Rogers 63, of Kirklin, IN, died at 4:25 a.m. May 7, 2013 at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood, Lebanon, IN. Born November 21, 1949 in Bloomington, IN to the late H.F. & Helen (Aruthur) Rogers. Mr. Rogers was a 1968 graduate of Clinton Central High School and was a lifelong resident of Clinton County. He worked for the Union-Operating Engineers 103 as a carpenter/millwright. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion, the NRA and Cowboy Action Shooters. Mr. Rogers was an accomplished singer/songwriter, loved to play guitar and the rhythm & blues.

Visitation and Services

A celebration of life service for Stephen will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Goodwin Funeral Home. The family welcomes friends to gather at the American Legion in Kirklin, following the service.

Survived by:

Daughter: Erika Rogers of St. Louis, MO, 2 Brothers: Bradford Rogers of Frankfort, Phillip Rogers of Fortville, IN, 3 nephews and 1 niece also survive.

Preceded by:

a nephew.


18 Condolences for “Stephen C. Rogers”

  1. Marilyn Kerr May 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Steve will be sorely missed. Lots of wonderful memories of talking and laughing with Steve. He was such a unique individual, one of the reasons he was so special. Take care of each other.

  2. Susan Williams May 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I knew Steve from about the time we were 9-years-old. We rode the same school bus to Kirklin Elementary School and then later to Clinton Central Jr./Sr. High School. Steve was an original whose imagination and curiosity were boundless. He loved Tarzan books and movies. In grade school he got onto the bus one day with his hand in a bandage or cast. He had hurt the hand while swinging on a rope from a tree like Tarzan with intentions of landing on his pony’s back. Around the same time, for our Halloween party at school, he got on the bus as a werewolf. He had glued fur (thankfully with rubber cement, I think) from one of his mom’s old coats to his face and hands. With fangs as well, he sat beside me on the bus not speaking, just kind of lurking and casting suspicious sideways glances. For a while in high school, he wore black leather and wanted to be called Hood, and so we called him Hood, of course. I seem to remember that he got into trouble in high school for fermenting grape juice in his locker. I will miss this brilliant, creative, hilarious and kind man who I suddenly realize I saw way too infrequently. I know no one else like him. Rest in peace, friend.

    • Deb Gunyon May 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      I have never heard that story of how he acquired his nickname. I can see him on the bus as a werewolf, so Steve. Hilarious….he will continue to make us smile until we meet up again. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Paula Miller May 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    For Jim Gibson, sorry for your loss.

  4. Brenda Scircle Smith May 9, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    My condolences to the family and friends of Steve Rogers. Even though I didn’t know Steve personally, I too graduated from CC (1969 graduate) and remember seeing him occasionally in the halls, lunchroom and in the yearbook. May he rest in peace.

  5. Michelle Hibbard May 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Steve had to replace more than 1 medicine cabinet in the Asbestos sided house in Cyclone.

    He would ‘accidentally’ fire off of shot while playing ‘Quick Draw’ from his holstered pistol. He was also called occasionally by Ma Bell’s phone company because he was the last hold out from Party Line (shared phone lines). The calls continued into the 1990’s. He refused to switch to a private line because he only paid $14 for phone service.

    More than once, he would stop and pick up someone else’s road kill off the road. He like to throw them under his friend’s tool boxes in their truck as a prank.

    He was so much fun and so very smart. He enriched everyone’s lives and made us all laugh. He will be missed but the stories will live on.


  6. Mike & Renee Wilson Guffy May 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear about Steve Rogers’ death. We both graduated with Steve in 1968. Mike attended grade school years at Kirklin with Steve and considered him a good friend and classmate.

  7. Butch and Virginia Click May 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Smart, funny, and a true friend…………..Steve was definitely all of these things. We both graduated with Steve in 1968. Occasionally we would run into him in Wal-Mart, and he never changed. He was Steve, and that was more than enough. We are saddened by the loss of a classmate and friend. He was in attendance at our last mini class reunion last summer and will be missed as we gather this year. We hope that when you plan this celebration of his life, you will make it known to all of us, so that we can attend. Thanks for many memories Steve………………

  8. Dennis Miller May 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Are thoughts go out to the family and friends of Steve and Brad

    Dennis and Lisa

  9. Diana Hastings May 10, 2013 at 1:27 am

    From another friend and classmate, Steve was the adventurous spirit whose humor and joie de vivre and all round swashbuckling coolness combined with an original and brilliant mind. He was the Fonz, Han Solo, Indiana Jones combined, before those characters were invented. To use his own phrase from a high school essay from long ago, Steve was a “gem among pebbles”. I am thankful to have known him and to have shared that infectious laughter.

  10. Darren Clouse May 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Rogers Family, Sorry to hear of the loss of Steve. Had the opportunity several years ago to work around Steve when he and Brad did Millwright work for Ag Max. Always enjoyed talking and working with Steve. Prayers sent to all of you in this time of need.

  11. Dan Robertson May 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I am another CCHS’68 classmate of Steve’s and share the feelings of loss and sadness that others have expressed so well… My sincere regrets to his family. Steve was a character who could grab your attention, but also a listener who could — better than many — analyze a situation and offer insights that showed how much he understood the interplay of personalities and needs of others. I believe that Steve would probably tell us to not grieve for long, but get on with life. I saw him a few times while he was dealing with his cancer, and I always felt like his approach was to fight the good fight; not let it beat him down. His passing left a void in our lives, but we are awfully fortunate to have had him make ours that much richer. Rest peacefully, friend…

  12. Nelda S. Rimstidt May 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Phil and Brad,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I hardly remember Steve because you two were just older and just younger than me. I was one of the 4 gals who did a moderately successful job of replacing your Mom on both the piano and the organ at the Methodist Church. I enjoyed both your Mom and Dad. Phil, I remember you from World History. Didn’t I hear that you are now a teacher? Some of the comments about Steve’s mischievousness remind me of you in that class. Was it Steve or one of you that wrapped a red kerchief around your knee once at a Bible School program? I honestly don’t remember which one.

    My sister Lee Anna was more nearly Steve’s age, but she too was a few years older. She and her husband were both school administrators and guidance counselors until 2 years ago in Terre Haute.

    We’ve lived in Bloomington, IN since 1970 and love it. I taught for 16 years and have worked in the disability field until 12.31.13. I’m still a busy volunteer. Again sorry for too short a life.

  13. Jane Laughner May 11, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Dearest “Hood”, The day Gary and I heard you went away, our hearts were so saddened. Remembering back my first encounter was @ CC in the hallway, you remarking on my “candy apple red boots”, I a seventh grader you a freshman. Hood, you stole part of my heart that day! You called me “Boots”, I affectionately later called you “Hood”. Over the years since, we have run into each other often, always wonderful conversation. Gary and you would go into detailed subjects just about anything, of course over a beer. Our dearest ” Hood” you will always forever be in our hearts…….Jane and Gary

  14. Jim Bogan May 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Brad and Phil,

    I’m sorry for your loss. I remember well the fun times we had on “our corner” of State Road 38. I can just see Steve missing Bill’s back as he swung from the tree. I don’t remember him as a high-schooler, but have sure enjoyed the remembrances shared by others. I’m near Muncie now, tutoring at IvyTech after teaching some 35+ years in high school and college.

  15. Vickie (McGill) Kelly May 23, 2013 at 3:26 am

    As I read all of these comments from people whom hearts you have touched I can’t help but think that you never met a stranger. Everyone you met you left a lasting impression on. I can still see your smile! As I now live in Texas I didn’t hear of your passing until tonight. But funny, last week you came to my mind and I was remembering all the good times we shared during High School. Although I only ran into you a couple times since then you were still the Fun Loving Steve I remembered. Sounds like you fought a good fight, your energy lives on. Rest in Peace my friend.

  16. Loretta Dunn Minnich May 24, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Steve you were the pungent spice in the class of ’68. I always thought of you as a searcher asking the questions most of us hadn’t thought of yet. You have left a large hole in all our hearts. Be at peace.

  17. Norma (Mabbitt) Lucas May 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I just saw that Steve passed away today. I am so sorry for his family. Steve was a great and fun loving guy! We graduated together, and it is sad to lose our classmates. I am so happy that I had gotten to see Steve during our mini reunions the last few years. God bless him and his family.

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