We do not remember days, we remember moments.
  • 60 years old
  • Born on July 4, 1959 in Manhattan, Kansas, United States.
  • Passed away on November 4, 2019 in Largo, Florida, United States.
Paul R. Rogers passed away unexpectedly at his home in Largo, Florida on November 4, 2019.

Paul, third child of eleven and first-born son was born on July 4, 1959 in Manhattan, Kansas to Wallace and Sally (Trine) Rogers where his father was attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

Paul lived up to being a fire cracker baby. He was always full of energy and had a big smile on his face. The family moved to Dodgeville, Wisconsin in the summer of 1961. Paul graduated from Dodgeville High School in 1977. Paul enlisted in the Air Force as soon as he turned 18. He spent four years in the Air Force employed in the canine unit. After returning home, Paul attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other universities while traveling throughout the country, holding many bartending jobs in warm weather peak season locations eventually completing his degree at the University of South Florida. His last eight years were spent in the Clearwater, Florida area, far away from the snow.

Paul is survived by his ten siblings, Rosanne Rogers, Denise Mingione, David (Nicki) Rogers, Dean Rogers, Dennis (Julie) Rogers, Joyce Rogers, Christine Rogers, Ellen (Jim) Martinson, Ralph (Beth) Rogers, and Irene Rogers; and his nephews and nieces, Brian Latsch, Louie (Kathryn) Mingione, Anthony (Katie) Mingione, Sarah Mingione, Isa and Kai Rogers, Chad Rogers, Max, Alex, and Katherine Rogers, Ally Brennan, Abigail Martinson, Samantha Rogers, and Jessica and Ella Rogers. He is also survived by three great nephews Freddie, Sal, and George Mingione, great niece Violette Mingione, step brothers Steve (Gloria) King, and Darren (Jennifer Heck) King and many cousins.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents Dennis and Harriet Rogers and Ray and Leila Trine.

Per Paul's wishes there will be no funeral services.

Paul is inurned at:
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Telephone: (727) 319-6479
Section 1B, Row 5A, Site 8
Click For Cemetery Map 

Paul's request was that you play his favorite game of charades, remember the many fun times, and never forget to tell your loved ones that you love them.
Posted by Tony Berg on December 4, 2019
So sad to read of Paul's passing. Growing up with Paul he always treated his friends, classmates and teachers with great respect. If you were having a bad day his smile and positive attitude were always a blessing. He always made those around him feel comfortable. When he came into a room, it was never, "here I am" it was always, "oh there you are". He was a great asset to Dodgeville and his class of '77. My condolences to all of his wonderful siblings. Forever missed FOR SURE.
Posted by Jessie Adams on December 2, 2019
Oh Paul , I just found out today about your passing . I am so sad and heart broken . I wish you would have called or text me . You were such a bright light . I will miss you and your smile and ability to always make me smile . All my love . Ta Ammo if that’s how you spell it lol . I know that would make you laugh . I hope you are at peace now . Good bye my friend
Posted by Torre Pustina on November 27, 2019
My heart goes out to all Paul’s family and friends. He was such a wonderful person who always had a kind word and huge smile for everyone he met. I lived next door to his father for many years and always enjoyed Paul’s visits. He will definitely be forever missed.
Posted by Ellen Pittsley on November 24, 2019
Condolences and thanks to Paul's family for providing this place to share our grief and memories. Both having Wisconsin roots, Paul and I bonded immediately, also sharing the entry & balcony of our apartments. He was my "great guy next door" offering neighborly kindness and conversation along the way. Feeling the loss, but grateful our paths crossed in this life. Gone too soon, resting in peace nearby. ......sadly the last Ellen in Paul's final days.
Posted by Rosanne Rogers on November 21, 2019
Hi Paul. I wish you could see the loving posts so many have made. We did not know the amount of pain you were truly dealing with. I wish you had realized how many of us wanted to help you. I am following your wishes to the best of my abilities. Already miss your wild conversations. Rest in peace and pain free. Big Sis, Rosanne
Posted by Robert Cusanelli on November 20, 2019
One big happy kid.... That was my impression of Paul from the moment I met him - when we were stationed together at Travis Air Force Base in California, way back in 1980. We worked and played hard together, and Paul became one of my very best friends over the decades that followed. 

Unfortunately, our paths eventually diverged, as the big happy kid continued to pursue a life of nomadic independence and I was finally, grudgingly compelled to settle down. I regret that our disparate goals took us so far apart that I hadn't seen him in the last 15 years or so, and that I wasn't there for him at the end. But there's no point dwelling on what went wrong or what might have been. I'm just going to remember Paul Rogers, my long-time friend, as one big happy kid.

Get some rest, Wild Man. I'll see you again one day.
Posted by Mary Murn on November 16, 2019
To Denise & entire Rogers Family..
Our hearts are heavy with grief for you all. Paul was such a kind, generous soul, who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May you find comfort in all your memories.
Posted by Roberto Torres on November 16, 2019
My name is Roberto Torres
Paul was my great friend we use to work together at the school board .I knew him for 6 years .Everyday before he retired he always had a big smile .when he use to come over my house he use to make my kids and my wife laugh with his jokes .My family love spending times with him.He was like family to us .My wife and I are very hurt that he's no longer with us.He was a good person and friend loved his personality we will never meet a great person like him he was one of a kind.To Paul's family sorry for your loss.And to Paul mi amigo (my friend) like you say to me in Spanish rest in peace and also like you always told me and my wife te amo ( I love you) YOU WILL be forever in our hearts and mind.I will never forget the good times we shared.
Posted by Cathy Hennessey on November 14, 2019
I was very sorry to hear of Paul's passing. We went to grade school and high school together. He was very kind and had a great personality. My sympathy to his family.
Posted by Kenton Potterton on November 14, 2019
Paul was one of my best friends at Dodgeville High.  He was always joking around and great fun to be with.  I wish we would have stayed in touch as I'm currently living minutes from Largo.  I'm sorry to hear of his passing.
Posted by Amanda Eastman on November 13, 2019
I didn't know Paul very well, but when I did see and talk with him he always had such a great, bright smile. He was always such a great friendly guy. The guy next door that everyone would want to be around type. I was so surprised to hear of his passing. I'm really sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by on November 13, 2019
I lived in the apartment under Paul here in Largo, Florida his last few months. He was so kind and friendly to all he encountered. He made sure to get me a birthday card. Every time I spoke to him he had on that wonderful smile of his. I was completely saddened and shocked that day he passed.
Karen Greenwalt
Posted by Kami Meier on November 13, 2019
So sad to hear of Paul’s passing. He was a fun family friend we enjoyed spending time with. He will be remembered and celebrated with a game of charades.
Posted by Jim Nielsen on November 12, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Paul a little while I was in Dodgeville and knew most of the family. It was an honor to get to know most of you. You are a great family and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!!
Posted by Dianne Evans on November 12, 2019
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother, Uncle and friend. I will always remember Paul as someone who when he shows up the fun begins. I pray for God to bless your family giving you strength and courage. 
Posted by Bonnie Finkenstein on November 12, 2019
I did not know Paul but I got to know his sister Denise. She is a lovely person; such a person must have had a wonderful brother. I admire Paul's service to our country and commend him for it. A family member's passing is hard to comprehend but Denise and her family our in my thoughts...
Posted by Larry Trine on November 12, 2019
Paul had a great personality and was fun to be with. We spent time together while I was building my house in Mt. Horeb.

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