US Marine Corps
Official Obituary of

Augustus "Bud" E. Rogers

February 19, 1923 ~ April 1, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old
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Augustus "Bud" Rogers Obituary

Augustus E. "Bud" Rogers, 101, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 01, 2024 at Brookdale Senior Living, where he was residing.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at Clayton Village Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Bud was born in Watertown to the late Earl and Emilie Rogers on February 19, 1923. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August of 1942 and married Marion Widdrington on January 04, 1947.

Gus was truly a legend. He served his country as a communication expert in World War II, fighting during the Pacific Theatre on Saipan, in the in the Mariana Islands Archipielago. It was there that he was wounded, and earned the Purple Heart Medal for injuries he received in the line of duty. He was a proud Marine to the end. He was the recipient of various medals and awards.

He was known for his red pickup truck, his cowboy boots and cowboy hat. His ability to fix anything for anyone at any time may have involved electrical tape and gorilla glue, but he got the job done. Bud was a man of few words, but he did love Bluegrass music. A self taught guitar player; he was more than happy to camp out in his sleeping bag at Bluegrass Festivals. He also enjoyed camping in the Adirondacks and on Limekiln Lake, golfing, and watching SU Basketball.

History and genealogy were always a subject of interest. Bud is the former president of the Jefferson County, New York Genealogical Society, and he helped to connect people all over the country to their relatives. He also dedicated his time and knowledge to the repair and restoration of many headstones across cemeteries in Jefferson County.

Gus is survived by his daughter; Sally (Ed) Watson, his grandchildren; Erin {Bill) Cusworth, Jessica Watson, and Kiel (Christine) Watson, and great grandchildren; Caden, Ava Logan, Makayla and Bryce, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Gus is predeceased by his wife of over 70 years; Marion, his daughter; Ellen (John) Bartlett, and his siblings; Eleanor (Jim) Timmons, Cora (John) Hart, and George (Mary Ellen) Rogers.

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