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Memorial for Bennie "Ben" W. Rogge

Born in Brenham, Texas on Feb. 19, 1929
Departed on Oct. 4, 2016 and resided in Rosenberg, TX.
Visitation: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
10:00 am
Cemetery: Prairie Lea Cemetery
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Bennie "Ben" William Rogge, 87, of Rosenberg, Texas passed away on October 4, 2016. He was born to (the late) Bennie H. and Clara (Meyer) Rogge on February 19, 1929 in Brenham, Texas. He met the love of his life, Miss Dorothy Jean Whiddon in Geometry class in 1947 at Brenham High School. They were married on March 17, 1952 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas. Ben graduated from Blinn Jr. College and received his BA in Business from the University of Houston. He had a successful 41 year career with General Motors Acceptance Corporation. He and Dorothy relocated several times within the state of Texas as a result of his company promotions. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Navy, during the Korean War, serving on the ship USS Greenwich Bay.

Ben was a long-time member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, there he served as President of the Church Council, taught Sunday School, and always volunteered to work at the annual church BBQ. Ben was an active member of the American Legion Post #271 and V.F.W. Post #3903 in Rosenberg.

Ben enjoyed the outdoors. Family vacations were usually spent touring the U.S. National Parks where the family would enjoy hiking, fishing and meals prepared outdoors. During those vacations, Ben would hunt for arrowheads as one of his hobbies was collecting Indian artifacts. Ben always grew a very successful vegetable garden, either at his home in Rosenberg or at their farm in Chappell Hill, Texas. He also enjoyed raising many types of birds; dove, pigeons, quail, chickens and even a pheasant or two!

After his retirement, his love of the outdoors continued by raising cattle and tending to their 151 Cattle Farm in Chappell Hill. He was most fortunate to have a long and healthy retirement doing the things he loved. Ben always had a beloved pet by his side; many a lucky dog lived a happy life with him and Dorothy.

Of all the things in life Ben loved and cared for, he loved his family the most. They will lovingly hold him in their hearts forever. Ben was a caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend who will be missed dearly.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Jean (Whiddon) Rogge; daughters, Karen McClure and husband, David, and Kay Theede and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Amy Holdsworth and husband, Phil, Joan Davies and husband, Glenn, Anna McClure, Reid McClure and wife, Julie, John McClure and wife, Lyndsey, Nicholas Theede, and Ashley Hurst and husband, Jay; thirteen great grandchildren; nephews and niece, William Whiddon, Johnny Whiddon and wife, Carol, Robert Whiddon, and Terry Ellison and husband, Eric; along with many other family and dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016 in the State Room of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg.

The service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rosenberg. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon at Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Texas. There will be a reception to follow the burial – place to be announced.

For those wishing, memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1208 5th Street in Rosenberg, Texas.

Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., (Hwy 59 South @ FM 2218) in Rosenberg, Texas 77471, Phone: 281-341-8800.


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