Services for Chief Master Sergeant (RET) Montie Paul Rogers, 87, of Ada 14 were th at 11: Criswell 00 a.m. Funeral on Monday Home , October Chapel with Rev. Steve Wilburn officiating. Burial was at 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Coalgate Cemetery, with Father Aaron Foshee officiating. The U. S. Air Force Honor Guard conducted military honors at the cemetery.
Mr. Rogers, (known during his military career as Montie, but lovingly referred as Paul in Oklahoma) was born on October 23, 1931 in Parker, OK to James and Nettie Rogers. He had one older brother, James, and two younger sisters, Norma and Beverly.
Growing up in a farming community influenced his entire life. Paul was diligent about shelling the pecans that dropped from his pecan trees. Family and friends came to appreciate that he always shared the fruits of his labor. In turn,
they would make pies and other treats with the pecans and bestow them back to Paul. The circle of life!
Paul attended elementary and high school in Coalgate, Oklahoma. He graduated in 1950 and quickly enlisted in the Air Force, where he completed basic training and additional courses to become skilled in radio operations and communications, accounting, budgeting, management and COMSEC analysis. During his 29 years in the military, Chief Master Sergeant Rogers served numerous tours of duty overseas, including Germany, Guam, Tripoli, Turkey, Korea and a tour with NATO in Oslo, Norway. After fully retiring from the military, Paul worked for the Power Production Department in Austin, TX and obtained his degree from Texas State University. Paul then moved to the Washington D.C. area to work for the NSA (National Security Agency). From there, his career took him to the Defense Mapping Agency (as a GM-15) which is now known as the National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency.
Paul was predeceased by his first wife Edith, with whom he raised two children, Katrina and Montie. As good fortune would have it, he had an opportunity to reconnect with his former Coalgate classmate, Gloria Ann Mazzolini Kemp. The two became constant companions and discovered love later in life. They married on July 12, 2011. Their love for each other had no beginning and no end and is eternal.
Paul remained a true patriot throughout his life. His meritorious service was recognized by his superiors who bestowed many service ribbons, two very prestigious air Force Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Commendation medal, and two Service Medals upon him. Throughout his life, he took great pride in raising, lowering and folding the American flag on national holidays. Paul was proud to be an American.
He loved his family and this included his cats, Blue and Sophie, and he seemed to be especially amused by Blue. All the grandkids had a special bond with Paul. He knew kids loved to swing and he hung several different types, including tire swings and sling swings. Laughter was
abundant when the swings were in motion. Paul enjoyed doing for others and it was a common occurrence to see him giving freshly-cut flowers to Gloria and pull the evening paper from underneath his arm and hand that to her too.
Paul’s hobbies included fishing, gardening and Conchology. He collected shells from all over the world and enjoyed them from an aesthetic viewpoint and from a learning perspective. In addition, Paul enjoyed woodworking and Western movies and television shows.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria, of the home; a daughter, Katrina Louise Rogers and husband, Danny Ducharme, FL; a son, Montie Rogers, San Antonio, TX; his grandchildren, Arielle Ducharme and Montie P. Rogers, III; his bonus family, Elizabeth Kemp Brown and husband Ronald; Susan Kemp Hanna and husband Gary; Thomas E. Kemp, Jr. (deceased) and wife Ashley; Mary Kemp Milsten and husband Marc; James Harold Kemp and wife Lorrie; and Michael Kemp; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Edith; brother, James Harold Rogers; sister, Beverly Rogers Boswell; brother-in-law, Tony Corsini; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.