Robert Leonard “R.L.” Rogers went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 6, 2023. He was born in Winter Garden, Florida, on Nov. 9, 1932, and watched it change and grow dramatically over the 90 years of his life. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1951 and attended Murray State University in Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. He returned home in 1955 and began his career working with the state of Florida Department of Agriculture as a Fruit Inspector. His career spanned 43 years until his retirement in 1998.
He met his wife Virginia (Slack) while working in Pennsylvania one summer, and they were married in November 1958. He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church for more than 60 years and could often be seen on campus volunteering his time and talents.
R.L. also loved to fish. He enjoyed fishing the many lakes around Winter Garden, especially with his father, family, and friends. He also loved surf-fishing on the Atlantic Coast and had many cherished memories as well as great stories of those days with family and lifelong friends.
R.L. is survived by his son, David L. (Dana) Rogers; and his daughter, Dianne (Scott) Richardson; five grandchildren, Sean (Melissa) Richardson, Katelyn (Mike) Moore, Michele (Chris) Wenger, Amanda Dickson, and Dylan Rogers; and six great-grandchildren, Caleb Moore, Joshua Moore, William Richardson, Ella Richardson, Kellen Wenger and Wyatt Wenger.
He is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Lillie (Schmitt) Rogers; his wife, Virginia (Slack) Rogers; and his brothers Curtis A. “Pete” Rogers and Jim Rogers.
Any donations in R.L.’s memory can be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 631 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, FL 34787. A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Calvary Baptist Church in Winter Garden, Florida. The viewing will begin at 9 a.m. For those who are unable to travel, the service will also be livestreamed on the Calvary Baptist Church of Winter Garden’s YouTube page.