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            Jim Rogers, age 80, of Lamar, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012, at Truman Healthcare   Center.

                Jim was born June 26, 1931, at Shidler, Oklahoma, to James and Olga (Galloupe) Rogers.  At the age of five, Jim moved with his family to a turkey and chicken farm east of Sheldon, Missouri.  His natural talent and passion for fishing began at an early age as he reeled in reputable catches on a home-made pole and line on his way to and from school.  After graduating from Sheldon High School in 1949, Jim earned accreditation in railroad communications and went to work for the Rock Island Railroad in Manley, Iowa, later switching to the MO-Pacific Railroad where he worked through 1961 as a telegraph operator.  While working for the railroad full-time, Jim was crafting lures in his spare time, first for family and friends, then world-wide after establishing Rogers Lures in 1959.  He travelled the country, hosting fishing seminars and trick-casting demonstrations, and, as an extraordinary story teller, delighted young and old alike.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Fishing in Hayward, Wisconsin in 2004.  Jim and Babe were inducted into NFLCC of Antique Fishing Lure Collectors in 1997 and have the distinction of being the only man and wife team.   Jim and Babe won the Mr. And Mrs. World Series of Sport Fishing Tournaments in 1963 and 1966.  In 1977 Jim won The Indiana State Tournament and the New York Invitational Tournament and also qualified for the B.A.S.S. Masters Classic at Lake Toko, Florida.  In 1992, while still on crutches after a hip replacement, he won the Old Timers B.A.S.S. Tournament.  Jim had a TV show “Fishing with Jim Rogers” on KOAM, Channel 7 sponsored by GIBSONS, that was syndicated to other areas of the U.S. He also had a radio program on KKOW, "The Fishing Report" which informed local fishermen where to fish and what to use and lake conditions. Jim also appeared on many segments of the “Fishing Hole” with his long time friend Jerry McKinnis.  Over the many years of tournament fishing he always placed in the top 10.  He was a member of B.A.S.S.  Jim gave of his time and talent to Special Olympics for many years, teaching the joy of fishing to Special Olympians at Gastons Resort in Lakeview, Arkansas and Steam Boat Springs, Colorado.  He was an instructor for Indiana State University for 14 years as well as an instructor of a fishing school for the City Parks and Recreation Department of Lincoln, Nebraska for 13 years. Jim is also included in the 100 LIVING LEGENDS OF SPORT FISHING. Jim loved fishing and would share his knowledge with anyone that would ask him anything. When at fishing tournaments you would always find several fishermen in his room at night wanting to learn what he knew about fishing  His love of fishing took him all over the United States, Canada and even to Cuba by special permission. He was a member of  Grace Lutheran Church where he was an Elder, a Youth Leader and a Sunday School Teacher.

     By his side through all his endeavors was his business partner and wife of over 61 years, Babe (Blanchard) Rogers.  They were married November 26, 1950, at St. James Church north of Milford, Missouri, and she survives, of the home.  Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Steve & Cindy Rogers, Kansas City, Missouri and Russ & Rhonda Rogers, Independence, Missouri; three daughters, Paula Dixon, Lamar, Pat Rogers, Rogers, Arkansas, and Sharon & husband David Martin, Grapevine, Texas.  He also leaves 12 grandchildren, Case Dighero, Chris (Jennifer Marti) Dixon, Stevie (Antoinette) Rogers, Eric (Ana) Rogers, Ryan (Allison) Martin, Heather (Wes) Harris, Amanda (Scott) Kentner, Megan (Cody) McCollough, Nicole Solomon Mandy (Kevin) Sellmeyer, Shannon (Vince) Peisert, Holly Shay (Fernando) Mendez; and 19 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Austin, & Daniel Sellmeyer, Joshua Goodridge, Andrew Mendez, Jack Solomon, Jaxon & Kyson Dixon, Van Kentner Madison & Savannah Peisert, Sicily, Eliza, Kentner, Lily & Georgi Dighero, Hailey Goodridge, Rorie & Marrah McCollough, Chrislyn Dixon.

     Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Doris Jo Criswell; and his son, Bobby Rogers.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 2nd, at Daniel Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 3rd, at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Galen Friedrichs officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund or Leon Owen Scholarship Fund in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Comments  

#17 Oakland, AR 72661Charles Petit 2013-02-24 08:09
Jim will be missed by all the older bass fisherman.

Jim could remember fisherman he met at
boat & sport shows year after years.
He made you a real friend.
He would give his time to fisherman to visit his lurer factury and spend the day with him. We always enjoyed all his stories and seeing his collection of the oldest bass fishing lures. He also loved to talk about his time with the MoPac Railway.

We loved all his stories about his enjoyments within his life.

His bass fishing plugs were the very best! The feel of a large bass taking a diver Big Jim plug and the explosive
surface hits on his Hog dual propellor
lure kept fishermen enjoying their time on there Ozark lakes.

Thank you Jim!
#16 Galesburg, ILPete, Margie, Lorene and Bob C 2012-05-07 09:55
Babe, Steve, Russ and Family,

My long time association with "Big Jim" Rogers was just so memorable. I remember the first time I met him, he came to do an in-store promotion for my cousin Bob and I at our sporting goods store in Galesburg. We became immediate friends. He also befriended my dad and mom, Dom and Lorene and even stayed at their house once or twice. When they went to Lamar "Big Jim" and Babe always made time for them. When I went to Lamar, he and Babe had time for me and my friends, also. It was through him that I was able to meet Steve, Cindy and their kids and from Steve, Russ. I even fished with their brother Bob once over at Truman. I certainly will miss "Big Jim", he was the very top rung as far as I was concerned. I felt very fortunate just knowing him, not to mention the privilege of getting to fish with him.
God bless you all in your loss and God bless "Big Jim" Rogers.

Pete and Margie Calderone
Lorene Calderone
Bob Calderone
#15 Jasper, MODerik Ball & Family 2012-05-05 19:34
Babe & Family,

I was sorry to hear the news of Jim's passing. I was out of town at the time of the notice, and was disappointed I could not get back to Lamar in time to pay my respects to Jim, as well as to all of you. May God bring you all the comfort you need, and bring you the many memories of the joys he brought to so many during his lifetime. There are so few special folks like Jim that we get to meet in our lives who commands so much respect because of the friendly manner he graced all of us with. He will be missed, but always carried in our hearts. God Bless.
#14 Lamar, MOSusan Davis-Mabe 2012-05-04 17:59
Babe and Family,
Deepest Sympathies in the passing of your husband, dad and granddad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
#13 Lamar, MOMatt, Dot, Logan & Morgan Cook 2012-05-04 07:10
Babe & family,

So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. He will be greatly missed, but he will never be forgotten. My kids still call him grandpa Jim and call you grandma Babe .... love you all
#12 Excelsior Springs MoTal and Carrie Matthes 2012-05-03 08:21
Steve and family so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family I know he is in a place where the big ones bite every day
#11 Vern and Opal Sims Young 2012-05-03 07:21
Vern and Opal (Sims) Young
#10 Terri Braker Locke Tim Brake 2012-05-03 07:02
Russell as a classmate I send my condolences at the loss of your dad.
Paula and family I am sorry for the loss your days will seem so different but think of the good memories.
Babe and the whole family I grew up in the same neighborhood as all of you, my dad was friends with Jim, so my thoughts and prayers to all of you.
#9 Joplin MONOVETA THOMAS 2012-05-02 20:10
Babe and family I am so sorry for your loss. I spent many nights with Jim as his nurse. I will always remember him as one of my favorite patients. We would watch fishing shows as I was caring for him at three am. I always thought talking about fishing with him helped more than any medication I could give him. Bless you all.
#8 Brandon, Ms.Mike Bingham 2012-05-02 14:27
I met Jim at a Gibson's store in Selma, Al., probably in 1976. His casting skills were amazing and he inspired me to learn some of his tricks. Nobody made casting look as easy as him! I know you'll miss him, but be aware that he touched thousands of fishermen's lives everywhere he went and I'm glad to say that I once shook his hand!

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