Russell Edward Rogers, 52: Proud Marine and family man

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SCARBOROUGH — Russell Edward Rogers, 52, died on March 31 after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Portland on Dec. 27, 1959, a son of Frank Russell and Barbara Mae Witham Rogers.

After graduating from Greely High School in 1978, Rogers joined the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served for 12 years. In 1979 he married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia Lynn Larrabee. His military assignments included Cherry Point, N.C., Camp Lejeune, N.C., MCAS El Toro and Japan.

For the last eight years Rogers has worked at Pape Chevrolet as a sales associate.

He was a loving husband to his wife, a hero to his children and the best “Grampie” that his granddaughter, Hope, could ask for. He was a loving son and a wonderful brother to No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7. He was a loyal friend to many.

He had a way with words and knew how to make people laugh. He made a lasting impression on this world and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Rogers liked collecting coins, riding motorcycles, working on Olds 442’s, antiquing with his best-friend Harley, hunting and fishing, Saturdays with his granddaughter, Hope, and, most importantly, spending time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara Rogers. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, of Scarborough; daughters Amanda R. Rogers of Scarborough and Samantha N. Cleaves and her husband, Matthew, of Cumberland; son Jacob Rogers of Scarborough; father Frank of Cumberland; sisters Cande Frizzell and her husband, Henry, of Standish, Cinde Tilton of Saco, Jodie Parrish and her husband, Charlie, of Milton, Vt., Vickie Darling and her husband, Adam, of Vallejo, Calif.; brothers Timothy Rogers and his wife, Virginia, of Gray and Brad Rogers and his wife, Elizabeth, of North Yarmouth; granddaughter Hope A. Cleaves of South Portland; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on April 10 at Conroy-Tully Crawford followed by a funeral service and military rites.