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A birthday celebration was held in honor of Gus Rogers of Randolph for his 90th birthday on March 9 at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Uniontown.
The theme for the day was M&Ms, his favorite treat.
Many family and friends traveled long distances to join in this occasion, including his sister, Freda Schoeppner of Akron, and Jon and Karen Sutton of Clyde. His brother, Waldo of Texas, was unable to attend but sent greetings.
Gus was born on March 17, 1923, in Richwood, W.Va. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years. His job aboard ship was a Coxswain, 3rd Class. He sailed the Atlantic and Pacific on the USS Algorab. While serving, his ship was hit three times by the Japanese.
After his discharge in 1945, he moved to Akron. Also in 1945, he married Phyllis "Billie" Robinson. They will be married 68 years in December. In 1947, his son, Danny, was born. In 1959, he and his family moved to Randolph, where he has made his home for the past 54 years.
In 1969 his family grew by one. He welcomed a daughter-in-law, Marcena (Nottingham). He became a grandpa to two little girls, Lisa and Deanna (Sutton), in 1971 and 1974. In 2002, he was pleased to have a grandson-in-law, Joe Sutton.
He retired from Mohawk Tire and Rubber Co., with 30 years of service. His job there was a mill worker.
Gardening, woodworking and going to flea markets are just some of the activities he enjoys in his spare time. Winter is a busy time of year for him. He creates many decorative inside and outside wooden pieces to adorn his yard and to celebrate the seasonal winter holidays.
Each year, he and his wife, Billie, home can and freeze what they have grown in their garden. Church is also a big part of his life. He attends every Sunday, weather permitting.