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John Rogers March 21, 1929 - Aug. 9, 2009

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LITCHFIELD -- John Francis Rogers, 80, of Litchfield, died Sunday at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Litchfield.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of St. John in Darwin. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Darwin.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born March 21, 1929, on a small farm in Watertown to Joseph and Catherine (Salonek) Rogers. He attended school in Watertown and moved to Minneapolis when he began working.

He married Pauline Sakry in May of 1947. They lived and worked in Minneapolis until 1950, when they moved to Rosendale. He was employed by Meeker County as a snowplow wing operator in the winters and mowed road ditches for the state in the summer. He also drove a milk truck part time. They moved to Litchfield in 1953 and he worked as a police patrolman for the city of Litchfield. In 1966 he left the police department, going into self-employment doing construction. He was elected sheriff of Meeker County and took office in January 1971, holding that office until his retirement in 1986.

He was a member of the Church of St. John in Darwin.

He is survived by four children: Mike (and Audrey Peterson) Rogers of Litchfield, Sandy (and David) Wirt of Grand Marais, Mary (and Gerry) Gilbertson of Litchfield, and Joe (and Tori) Rogers of Litchfield; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife and four siblings.

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