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Harrison Coburn 'Harry' Rogers enjoyed MU football

COLUMBIA — Harrison Coburn “Harry” Rogers of Columbia died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center after a stroke. He was 63.

Mr. Rogers was born on Nov. 12, 1947, in Carthage to A.H. and Bertie Rogers.

He graduated from Linetype Technical College at the MU School of Journalism and worked with MU Campus Mail Services for more than 30 years.

Mr. Rogers traveled with his older sister, Roselyn Rogers Caldwell, and their parents to places in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa.

Caldwell remembers playing with her brother during trips because “we only had each other.”

As children, Caldwell and Mr. Rogers enjoyed dressing in costumes. One of Caldwell’s favorite memories is of she and her brother dressed in Western gear with toy guns and holsters.

“Harry had just gotten a new Roy Rogers outfit and something made me mad, so I pushed him into the hotel pool in San Francisco,” Caldwell said. "The next morning, he flipped the lever on the Murphy bed and flipped me back into the wall.”

Caldwell and Mr. Rogers also enjoyed attending sporting events and listening to sport radio stations while traveling. Their father, whom Caldwell calls a “sports aficionado,” inspired Mr. Rogers’s interest in sports.

An avid basketball and baseball player when he was young, Mr. Rogers developed a special respect for football and closely followed the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas City Chiefs. He purchased MU football season tickets for 30 years.

Jimmy Aslanidis, the owner of Jimmy’s Family Steakhouse, saw Mr. Rogers three to four times a month at the restaurant when they would discuss local teams.

“Harry didn’t have family nearby, so we developed a close friendship,” Aslanidis said. “He called my steak ‘the best,’ so we knew Harry as ‘the best.’”

Survivors include his sister, Roselyn Rogers Caldwell of Lafayette, La., and brother, Bill Rogers of Elkins, Ark.; two nieces; three nephews; two grandnieces; and numerous cousins.

His parents died earlier.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, at Mount Hope Cemetery,3700 N. Range Line Road, Webb City, at the family's mausoleum. The Rev. Ted Estes will officiate. Memorial attendees are encouraged to sports clothing honoring their favorite team.

Donations are encouraged to the Columbia Trust, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205 will aid in park improvements near the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail.

Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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