Shelby E. Rogers

1942 ~ 2020 (age 77)


Shelby Elsworth Rogers passed away at home on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Shelby was born on July 20, 1942 in Rocky Ford, Colorado to Clarence Elsworth Rogers and O. Juanita Lane. Shelby grew up in Colorado and studied chemistry and metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines, graduating in 1965. In 1975 he earned a PhD in fuels engineering from the University of Utah. He worked as a project manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory for 30 years before retiring in 2005. In 1972 Shelby married Barbara Joan Labrum in Salt Lake City, Utah. After he finished school, Shelby and Barbara moved across the country to South Park, PA where they raised three children. Shelby had a variety of different interests that he pursued over the years including piano, cooking, watercolors and aquariums. He also enjoyed tinkering with his computers and fixing various things around the house. He always had an inquisitive mind and enjoyed learning about numerous different topics. Above all, he loved his family and loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. In 2014 Shelby and Barbara were sealed to each other and their son Andy for time and all eternity in the Atlanta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Shelby will be dearly missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Barbara, sister Ann (Douglas) Conklin, daughter Carla Rogers-Nilssen, son Andrew (Sarah) Rogers and son Christopher (Lisa Schonbeck) Rogers and 7 grandchildren, Ella, Ethan and Lily Rogers, Christina and Maria Nilssen and Cora and Winston Rogers. Shelby was a member of the Pleasant Hills Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The family wishes to thank the members of the congregation for their kind services over the years, especially towards the end of his life. A memorial to celebrate Shelby’s life will be planned for a later date. Arrangements handled privately by David J. Henney Funeral Home, Library, PA.

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