A Tribute to Warren D. Rogers
By Jim Youngquist
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[June 25, 2014]
From the time our family first
arrived in Lincoln we heard the name Warren Rogers from the people we
were introduced to and came to know. He was always described as being
just a little larger than life. He had a reputation, you see.
A student of the Bible, a man of faith, a servant in
the field, a revival speaker, a builder of church buildings, a
student in the seminary, an elder at Elkhart Christian Church, one
who reached out to those who were in need, one who along with his
wife Sue lived their faith in action while others expressed their
faith with words.
This was the Warren Rogers I came to know.
Warren seemed to have an inexhaustible source of energy. Even when
he had to sit his parts seemed to still be moving. He put that
energy into everything that he touched. While infirmities seem to
stop many of us, his didnít seem to even slow him down until they
finally stopped him.
Warren had a gift for listening. If someone had an idea, Warren
wanted to hear it and took pains to keep his mouth shut and listen.
When you were finished, he was slow to speak but asked astute
questions to help bring clarity, and then finished by letting you
know his opinion. And he wasnít always favorably disposed. He wasnít
a man to placate you to gain your favor. He put what he thought and
what he knew right out there, whatever the results.
This was the kind of honesty you could expect from Warren Rogers.
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Warren was a stubborn man. He was stubbornly in favor of what he
thought was right, and stubbornly against what he thought was wrong.
His stubbornness helped move things along when they were stuck; and
he pursued the right course of things even when it was unpopular,
costly, and difficult, even personally costly and difficult.
On mission trips to Haiti and other parts of the world, Warren used
his skills to design and build homes and church buildings, and when
he left he came home with only the clothes on his back. He gave
everything else away to those who were in need.
This was the Warren Rogers I came to serve beside.
A State Police officer, a paramedic, a deputy coroner. Warren was
always involved at whatever level of public service he could attain.
His stories about others were about valor and the dignity of life.
He suffered in the personal tragedies of others.
Warren was always a man of honor. His word was good. His devotion to
family, church and the Lord Jesus were beyond measure. He always
backed his words with commitment and action. Warren was a man who
was a good example to those in the community and in the church.
This was the Warren Rogers I came to call my friend.
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