Robert Jeffery â€œJeffâ€ Rogerson, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Sunday, March l, 2009, at Willow Crest Nursing Home after prolonged health problems. He was born Dec. 30, 1926, at home in Oswego to Jeffery and Margaret (Davis) Rogerson.
Jeff attended the Little White School, the Red Brick School, and graduated from Oswego High School with the Class of 1944. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1945 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. After World War II, he served as a member of the Occupation Forces in Northern China.
In 1948, he started his career in the telephone business as a lineman with Illinois Bell Telephone Company. Jeff worked in many departments throughout his career, with his last assignment being the 911 Product Manager. He traveled the state working with city officials, implementing 911 in their respective communities. Jeff was instrumental in bringing 911 to Tri-Com and the Aurora area. He was a founding father of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Illinois Chapter. In 1984, he retired with 36 years of faithful service.
Jeff lived in North Aurora for 56 years and served the village in many ways. He was a trustee of the North Aurora Countryside Fire Protection District, chairman of the North Aurora Police Commission and an ESDA director. He spent many decades as a Scout leader in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Explorer Post in North Aurora, as well as a merit badge counselor in the Aurora area. He was honored to be an assistant Scoutmaster for the Aurora area Scout troop that attended the fourth annual Boy Scout Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pa. in 1957.
He was a member at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Aurora and served as an elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Oswego American Legion Post No. 675 and the Aurora Golden K Kiwanis. During his retirement, Jeff enjoyed model railroading and spending time with his family.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy (Sandell); son, John (Mary) Rogerson of Big Rock; daughter, Julie (James) Sippel of Oswego; grandchildren, Jessica and Jimmy Sippel and Katie Rogerson; sister, Marilyn Marklein of Montgomery; brother, David (Pat) Rogerson of Florida; sisters-in-law, June Gamage of Petersburg, Ill. and Janet (Mel) Trapp of Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Jeff was preceded by his sister, Jeanne Carlton; and brothers-in-law, Fred Marklein, Lyle Carlton and Lee Gamage.
A celebration of Jeffâ€™s life took place on Saturday, March 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, with a visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation was also held on Friday, March 6, at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorials may be given to the church or The Eagle Scout Scholarship Endowment Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Ste. 312, Aurora, IL 60506 or The Aurora Golden K Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 4523, Aurora, IL 60507.
For more information, please call (630) 897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave a condolence.