Funeral services for Al Rogers, 93, of Belton, will be held at 10:30 AM Monday,
December 16, 2019, at Christ the King Catholic Church with Father Joseph Nisarri officiating.
Burial will be 2:00 PM at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Visitation will be Sunday December 15, 2019 at Dossman Funeral Home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
with a rosary recited at 7:00 PM by Deacon Oscar Valeriano.
Mr. Rogers died Friday, December 6, 2019, at his home in Belton.
Mr. Rogers was born in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania but always said he was Texan. He was born
the son of John and Helen (Lucas) Gresko. He married Elizabeth DeRosa (Ross) in 1947,
in West Mifflin, PA.
Al’s life was filled with music, he played the banjo at the early age of nine and
achieved great success in Country Music.
He served in the US Air Force during World Was II as an entertainment specialist, doing
radio shows for the Armed Forces Radio from Manila in the Philippines. After his discharge
he pursued the music business doing radio and television shows at WJAS PITTSBURGH, PA.,
WAVE Louisville, KY., WMPS Memphis, TN., WSM Grand Ole Opry Nashville, TN., KGNC Amarillo, TX.,
WOAI San Antonio, TX., and others.
He recorded for MGM and Capitol Records and received success with song, “Forever Isn’t Long
Enough”, “Deep Water” and others. In 1983 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall
of Fame’s Walkway of stars in Nashville, TN, and he inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, in 1984.
He was picked one of the nations top ten western band leaders by Orchestra World
Magazine in 1950, Billboard Disc Jockey picks for his MGM Records, Billboard Magazine Publishers
Merit Award, and others. A recording studio at his home kept him busy with writing and
producing his latest album “Texas Tails Trails and Songs” a song and story about
the early west.
He was a Catholic and a member of Christ The King Catholic Church in Belton. He was a
member of the Knights of Columbus, past district deputy and Past Grand Knight.
He was always asked to sing the Ave Maria at church funerals.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth “Betty” Rogers in 2015 and just days after
his death on December 10, 2019 his sister Mildred Stinner passed away.
Survivors include two daughters, Joanne Anderson and Kathy Woods; three grandchildren,
Monica Kornblum, Nathan Woods and Anthony Woods and one great grandson, Cole Kornblum.
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