Stephen Russell Rogers, 76, of Woolwich, went home to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 1.
Steve was born in Bath on Aug. 14, 1940 to Harold Morse and Mildred Vern (Harrington) Rogers.
On June 1977, Steve married Sharon Louise Maker. After graduating from Morse High School in 1959 he went to work at Bath Iron Works, starting in 1960 as a tinsmith and retiring in 1995 as a senior test supervisor, testing all shipyard locks and keys.
When BIW went on strike for a year, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from Dec. 28, 1961 to Dec. 28, 1965. While serving on the USS Douglas, he was off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned home and went back to work at BIW where he held several positions over the next 38 years. In 1985, BIW sent Steve to Chicago to work on building a training ship for the U.S. Navy and in 1991 he was sent to St. Johns, NB, Canada as a consultant for the Navy.
In 1995 he started Steve’s Maintenance. Then in 1998 he built his own sawmill where his father’s old sawmill originally had been. Due to health he sold the sawmill in 2003 and started selling outdoor wood furnaces for Aqua Therm, then Heatmore, and retired in 2007.
Steve and Sharon enjoyed traveling and in 1995 they took both their moms and Sharon’s sister Harlinda on a road trip to Pennsylvania.
Steve enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with the Cub Scouts and Little League. He had a love for trains and with Sharon’s help he set up an elaborate rail system in the basement of their home that included a route through Bath, Woolwich and Wiscasset. The set up included replicas of former business and villages along the route that he and Sharon built. He was in the process of writing a book about his life, after being diagnosed with MDS.
He was predeceased by his father and mother; infant brother, David; and stepfather.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Woolwich; son, Sidney Russell Rogers of Phippsburg; sisters-in-law, Harlinda Maker of Woolwich, and Donna Clark and husband Bernard of North Carolina; aunt, Marjorie Hawkes of North Bath; stepsisters; stepbrothers; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Fri., April 21 at the Wiscasset Church of the Nazarene, 255 Gardiner Rd., Wiscasset with the funeral service following at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Phippsburg Sportsmen’s Club, 272 Main Rd., Phippsburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sharon Rogers, 117 Dana Mill Rd., Woolwich, ME 04579.
Condolences may be made online at www.Daiglefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath.