This article appeared on the front page of the Janurary 3rd, 1935 edition of the Boone County Recorder
W.R. Rogers of Walton dies while talking and laughing with friends- Chronic heart trouble cause of death
Friday morning at 11 o’clock while W.R. (Rupert) Rogers was laughing and talking to Claude Tanner and several others at the Tanner Filling Station on South Main street, at the junction of Needmore street, he gave a gasp and expired before a physician could reach him. In fact he was telling a humorous story at the time and was laughing himself when the finger of Death touched him. Chronic heart trouble was the cause of his death. Mr. Rogers was 62 years old at the time of his death. He was born and reared in Boone county and previous to moving to Walton he and his sisters resided at Burlington.
He served as county clerk of Boone county filling out the unexpired term of his brother Jameson Rogers, who died during his term. After filling out this term he was elected to that office for a term of four years and then his sister Miss Elizabeth Rogers ran for the same office, was elected and served a four year term. It was shortly after this he and his sisters Misses Elizabeth and Sallie moved to Walton. During his term in office he made many friends and was very efficient as clerk as was also his sister.
He was a man of quiet demeanor and had many friends. He never married but lived and cared for his sisters with true brotherly devotion. He has many friends who will deeply regret to hear of his departure from this world of care and strife. He was of a kind and gentle disposition, believing in attending to his own business and granting others the same privilege. He was a member of the Predestinarian Baptist church. He is survived by his two sisters, Misses Elizabeth and Sallie, one nephew, three nieces and numerous other relatives.
The funeral took place from his late home on South Main street, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. R.F. DeMoisey of the Baptist church officiating, paying a just tribute to his memory. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful, a slight token of the esteem in which he was held.
Burial was in Old Salem cemetery west of Walton, a very large number of sorrowing friends and relatives being in attendance. The sympathy of the community is extended the bereaved ones.
Funeral Directors Chamers & Grubbs had charge of the arrangements.