The Obit For Hugh Rogers

Hugh H. Rogers

The Missoulian
Sunday, October 23, 2011

ALBERTON — Hugh H. Rogers, beloved husband, father and brother, 76, passed away on Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011, while gathering firewood in one of his favorite places, the high mountains of the Nine Mile Valley.

Born and raised in Virginia, he played minor league baseball for the New York Giants as a pitcher for four years before joining a semi-pro team that brought him to Montana in 1956 where he played for the Helena Wranglers for two years.

Falling in love with Montana and wanting to stay, he secured a job on the Interstate Highway Location Crew No. 1. While pounding a location stake in the Kinney yard in Alberton he met his future wife, Fran.

He was drafted into the Army, and spent two years playing baseball for them, while coming home on leave to marry Fran in 1959.

Upon discharge, he returned to Montana and the Highway Department. He worked for 30 years on location and construction crews and retired the year the Interstate System was completed in Montana.

Hugh loved the mountains and waters of Montana, and was an avid hunter, fisherman, hiker and floater. His biggest thrill though was spending time, preferably in the outdoors, with his family.

After retiring and giving Florida a try for a year he returned to Montana and moved to Alberton where he took up rose gardening as a hobby and after a couple of years had 120 bushes around his yard, providing hours of outside activity and pleasure.

He is survived by his wife Fran; sons Dana “Hardy” and Matt and siblings Barbara, Phyllis, Faye, and Larry.

By his request, no services will be held.