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Obituary for William E. Rogers
ROGERS - William E., 67 of Sidman, passed away at home, April 3, 2015. Husband of 37 years of Beth (Crum) Rogers. Father of David of Louisiana and Stephen of California and three grandchildren. He was the son of William and Mildred Rogers who are both deceased. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict from 1968 to 1972. A graduate of South Union High School, Bill received his BA from UPJ and his MBA from IUP. During his tenure as the first Risk Manager for Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Bill served in 1984 as President of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers (ASHRM) and was named to the Risk Management Honor Roll by Business Insurance Magazine. Bill became Vice President of Risk Management for the Gleason Agency, Inc., where he was known as "the professor." While there, he participated with a team that designed a safety device to limit slips and falls in grocery stores that was ultimately granted a patent. He is the author of "How to Cut Workers' Comp Costs: 117 Proven Ways." He served on the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, for several years. Bill loved photography and music, especially the blues. He taught himself to play the keyboard, but had to give that up when Parkinson's Disease became too overwhelming. Bill continued to combine his love of music and photography by photographing local bands and music venues. He photographed and designed CD covers for local bands such as the Fabulous Flashbacks and Jimmy Adler, two of his favorites. In 2011, he won Johnstown Magazines Simply the Best Photographer. His photo of the Stone Bridge at night was purchased by Philips Color Kinetics for use in their advertising. Bill's love of travel took him to 44 of the 50 states, nine foreign countries, and several Caribbean Islands. He enjoyed reading and never stopped challenging himself to learn new things. His love, devotion, and unending belief in his wife prompted Beth to achieve many goals she would not have attempted without his encouragement. His life will be celebrated at the Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home & Cremations Services, Inc. of Portage on Friday, April 10 from 5 to 8 PM. PLEASE no flowers, no plants, no wreaths, no throw blankets. Donations in Bill's name may be made to Conemaugh Regional Hospice, the National Parkinson Foundation, or the Palliative Care Unit of Memorial Medical Center. "Oh, my love, my darling, I hunger for your touch."