Edwin F. “Ted” Rogers

January 3rd

Edwin F. “Ted” Rogers,  90, of Syracuse, IN passed away on January 2, 2013 at his residence.  He was born on a farm to William F. & Lottie (Frantz) Rogers near Ridgeville, IN on November 15, 1922.  He lived on the farm until graduation from High School.  He married Marjorie Power in 1942, they had two children, a daughter Carolyn and a son Ronald who was killed in Vietnam in 1970.  He graduated from Ridgeville High School in 1941.  He then attended Indiana Technical College in Fort Wayne, majoring in Electrical Engineering.  He completed college in uniform, graduating from Oregon State.  He enlisted in the US Army in 1942, and was commissioned as a Signal Corps Officer, serving overseas in Italy.  After WWII he helped re-organize the Nation Guard by started the National Guard Unit in Huntington, which he commanded for five years. He remained in Indiana National Guard unit until 1968, and retired as a Lt. Colonel.  He started his own business in Huntington in 1946, operating a radio repair shop.  He then branched out into two-way radio and sound systems, and began manufacturing electronic controls in 1964.  He incorporated Rogers Electro-Matics in 1969.  He relocated the business to Syracuse in 1971, and moved it to a new factory on West Chicago Street in 1990.  In 1993, at the age of 70, Ted sold the corporation and retired.  Ted was very active in Veterans and service organizations:  Past Commander of Huntington VFW, past President of Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, and served on the board of directors of the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation. He was also involved in the local community. He re-started the Wawasee Flotilla in 1973, and served on the Flotilla Committee for 21 years.  He is survived by his daughter – Carolyn (Tony) Johnson of California,  2 grandchildren Marni  & Ronald and 2 great-grandchildren.   Calling will be Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 2-6 PM at the Eastlund Funeral Home.  Services will be Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Eastlund Funeral Home.  Memorial Contributions may be made to:  The Huntington VFW, or the W.A.C.F.  Online condolences to: eastlundfuneralhome.com

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