NLJ Staff


May 8, 1933–Sept. 29, 2019

Memorial services for Doris Rogers were held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Black Hills National Cemetery, 20901 Pleasant Valley Dr., Sturgis, S.D., with Father Cliff Jacobson, St. Matthew’s Catholic Church of Gillette, Wyo., officiating.

Doris Mae Rogers passed away on Sept. 29, 2019, at The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center in Gillette. Doris Mae (Johnson) Rogers was born in Manville, Wyo., on May 8, 1933, to Frank Hjalmar Johnson and Florence Mabel (Davis) Johnson. She attended schools in Manville and Newcastle, Wyo., and St. Martin’s Academy in Sturgis.

Doris married David A. Rogers on Sept. 7, 1948, in Deadwood, S.D. They had one daughter, Shiela, born in 1950. In 1961 they moved to Gillette, as David was transferred with his work to the Wyodak Power Plant. Doris has remained a long-time resident since then. 

Doris retired in 1997 as office manager to Star Printing & Supply/Larry Johnson. She thoroughly enjoyed her work there, meeting, visiting and helping numerous customers with all of their orders. Her family said, “Doris’ many interests and hobbies included going to the cabin in the Black Hills, flower gardening (loved her flowers), sewing/quilting, garage sales, antique shows (loved collecting her pink dishes), reading and her beautiful oil paintings that she created. And oh, my, how she enjoyed her mocha frappe, mocha coffees and vanilla shakes. Most of all she enjoyed her little Coton de Tulear (dog), ‘Shotsi,’ and her two Conure parrots, ‘Hooker’ and ‘Baby Bird,’ and spending as much time with her daughter.

“Thank you to Dr. McMahill and staff of The Legacy Living & Rehabilitation Center who cared for Doris for the past four years. A very special Thank You to Bobbi Guettler for always being there for Doris and taking such excellent care of her. Thank you so much to Marcy, Kayla, Shane, Sonja, Reggie and Amber — you all went way above and beyond the call of duty during her final days. 

Doris is survived by her daughter, Shiela (George) Rhodes of Gillette; three nephews, William Johnson of Newcastle, Daniel (Sheri) Johnson of Sidney, Mont., and Harold (Marcene) Hicks of Fairfield, Calif.; brother, Carl (Pat) Johnson of Crawfordville, Fla.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Puckett of Canton, Ga.; several great-nephews and nieces and recently born great-great-niece, Rhen, whom she enjoyed seeing pictures of and called ‘her Sweet Little Pumpkin.’ She is also survived by a very dear and special friend, Curt Wendelboe of Cheyenne; and a devoted, loving friend and employee, Peggy Brosa of Gillette.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, David; by her parents, Florence and Frank Johnson; brothers, Johnnie F. Johnson and Walter E. Johnson; and sister-in-law, Barbara Johnson. 

Memorials and condolences may be sent in Doris Rogers’ name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 West
Fifth Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at


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