Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sinclair Ulrey Rogers was born Sept. 4, 1924, in Monett, MO, to William Elwood and Ruth Sizer Rogers. Sinclair was the grandson of F. P. Sizer, an early prominent Monett attorney and his wife Nell K. Ulrey Sizer. He was a cousin of Parker Sizer of Monett, now deceased.

Sinclair was a certified professional photographer having operated studios in Cassville and Monett, MO for 32 years. During this time, he received many state and national photography awards. From 1962-65, he worked as a certified professional photographer in Cassville, MO, and from 1965-1994, he operated a studio in Monett. From 1982-84, he served as president of the Professional Photographers of Missouri.

He attended public schools in Fulton, MO, where he was third in a class of 114. While in high school, he was a member of the track team and won second in both the high and low hurdles at the state track meet in 1943. In 1944, he volunteered for the US Army and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Philippines.

Following World War II, he graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Business Administration and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. From 1950-1962 he served as the manager of Forest Products, Cassville, MO, a family business owned by his mother Ruth Sizer Rogers and his uncle Fielding Sizer. It was sold in 1962.

In 1953, he married Barbara Walker, mother of Sinclair Ulrey Rogers II, (Sy). She was killed in a car accident in 1960.

From 1950 to the present, he was a member of Lions International in Cassville and Monett. He recently received an award for 60 years of perfect attendance.

In 1967, he married Jane Whitaker Rogers, and they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary August 26, 2012.

In 1972-73, he was elected District Governor of Lions International, District 26-E Missouri, and during this term, he sponsored the creation of Shell Knob, Friestatt, and Halltown Lions Clubs.

He was a member of the Abou Ben Adhem Temple in Springfield, and was also a member of the York Rite. He was a member of the VFW Tom Wolfe Post 4207 where he served on the honorary funeral detail and was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; his son, Sy Rogers, and wife, Karen; granddaughter, Grace, and husband Steve Lobato; and great-grandson, Avi Lobato, all of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also survived by his sister, Kathleen Frisbie, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Joann Rogers, of Clarksville, Tennessee; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ruth Naylor, of Salisbury, MO; and his brother, William E. Rogers, Jr., of Athens, Tennessee.

Funeral service were Monday, February 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Monett First United Methodist Church, with burial and military honors at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Monett.

Memorials can be made to Loaves and Fishes or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett, MO.