Weslaco: James Joseph Rogers Sr. “Jim,” 88, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2022, at his home in Weslaco. Jim was born on March 4, 1933, to Charles Anthony Rogers and Emma Blanche (Bokr) Rogers in Chicago, Illinois. The Rogers family moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1939 and settled in Weslaco. Jim’s father opened Zulfer & Rogers and handled Alamo Fruit & Vegetable Company sales. In 1954, Jim’s father partnered with his sons and opened Charles A. Rogers Produce & Sons in Donna.
Jim graduated from Weslaco Highschool, where he was active in football, basketball, and baseball. He was also the Senior Class President. Jim continued his education, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas. After graduating from college, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Officer and served in Germany for two years.
After being honorably discharged, Jim returned to Weslaco and joined his father and brothers in the family business. Jim’s career in produce spanned over 65 years, and Jim was an active member of the Texas Citrus and Vegetable Growers and Shippers Association, serving as President at one time. He was also an active contributor to his community, a Weslaco Lion’s Club member, Weslaco Elk’s Lodge, and Boy Scouts-Troops 34-41 volunteer.
Jim married Barbara Dean in 1971, and they raised three children.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Emma Rogers, brothers, Chas A. Rogers (Betty), Bill Rogers (Bette), and sisters, Eileen Ryan (Ed J.) and Margie Billings (Bill).
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, children, James Joseph Rogers “Jim” Jr. (Laura), Wendy L. Rogers, and Anthony M. Rogers, grandchildren, Victor and Julie Rogers, and numerous nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Jim’s honor be made to the Texas Lions Camp, 4100 San Antonio Hwy | Kerrville, Texas 78028 or the Aurora House https://aurorahouse.org/.
Visitation will be Friday, March 11th, 5-6 pm, followed by Military Honorguard and Celebration of Life at 6 pm, at McCaleb Funeral Home. Services will also be streamed live on https://youtu.be/AHv7cGiMhTA