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Our Staff

Sincerity in Service Since 1959

Our Staff's Commitment to You.


Staff members of Rogers Funeral Homes are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of licensed funeral directors.


Founders

E. Lee & Vanice (Wenger) Rogers, founded Rogers' Funeral Home in Trotwood in 1959. In 1977, Lee and his son, Dean Rogers, purchased the Holp Funeral Home at 324 W. Main St., in New Lebanon, Ohio from Gladys Holp and her son Bud Holp. The late Wilbur Holp Sr. and his wife Gladys, were the founders of Holp Funeral home and staples in the New Lebanon Community. Lee retired in 1980 while Dean became owner and served many families' and made many friends. He has continued the family business, while welcoming his son, Kevin Rogers in 2005. Kevin has become the third generation of Rogers' to provide "Sincerity in Service" to our communities.

 

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Dean W. Rogers Licensed Funeral Director and Insurance Agent

President from 1980 to 2012

Dean grew up in Trotwood with his 3 siblings Debbie, Dian, and Doug. He graduated in 1969 from Trotwood-Madison High School and went on to attend The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) after deciding his dreams of going into the Radio & Television field were not going to happen, he decided to attend Indianapolis College of Mortuary Science and go into the family business with his father. Dean married his longtime girlfriend, Becky (Keeney) & they had 3 sons. The rest is history! Dean has been a prominent figure in the Trotwood & New Lebanon Communities for over 40 years now. Even though Dean is not involved in the day to day operations, he still enjoys meeting families' and seeing the many friends he's made over the years.

Many people may not know that Dean has always been a musician. He's played drums in several bands dating back to junior high. He currently enjoys playing blues harmonica and percussion in Dayton and beyond and is affectionately known as "Deano" in the music community.

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Kevin M. Rogers Owner, Licensed Funeral Director, Pre-need Counselor Kevin@RogersFuneralHomes.com

Kevin is a 2001 graduate of Brookville High School where he was captain of the football and baseball teams. He then went on to attend Bowling Green State University. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Community Services in 2005. Kevin now resides in Brookville, with his wife and 5 children. He is a member of the AMVETS Post 1789 and the New Lebanon & Trotwood Chamber of Commerce.

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Derek L. Bales Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer Derek@RogersFuneralHomes.com

Derek attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he was a Class Representative and Laboratory Assistant, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Class of Spring 2010. Before entering funeral service, he was a Corrections Officer for the Preble County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He lives in Eaton with his wife and children.

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Dawn Powers-Corley Administrative Assistant Service@RogersFuneralHomes.com

Dawn is a 1990 graduate from Dixie High School. Her family moved to New Lebanon when she was a year old and she's been a resident ever since. She was employed with General Motors for 11 years and left there in 2004 to become a stay at home mom. She has two sons, Nick and Nate. Besides G.M. she has always worked in the New Lebanon area. Dawn loves her community and loves to be active in her boy's activities, from coaching to helping run the concession stand. She is very involved with her church  FBCNL where she has been a member for over  30 years. She has been employed with Rogers' since 2011.

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Gene Bashor Associate

Gene is a 20 year employee of Rogers'Funeral Homes and a 1956 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 as  a Chaplain's Assistant.  Prior to joining Rogers' he was Co-Owner of Noffsinger and Bashor Appliances in Trotwood for 30 years.  Gene is an avid gardener both at home and at Rogers' Funeral Homes. He is a member of the American Conifer Society, American Hosta Society and the Miami Valley Hosta Society.  Gene and his wife Marcia (Long) are active lifetime members of the Trotwood Church of the Brethren.  
 
"It is a pleasure and a privilege being associated with Rogers' Funeral Homes in both Trotwood and New Lebanon."

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Eli Winkler Associate

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Dean W. Rogers

Licensed Funeral Director and Insurance Agent

President from 1980 to 2012

Dean grew up in Trotwood with his 3 siblings Debbie, Dian, and Doug. He graduated in 1969 from Trotwood-Madison High School and went on to attend The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) after deciding his dreams of going into the Radio & Television field were not going to happen, he decided to attend Indianapolis College of Mortuary Science and go into the family business with his father. Dean married his longtime girlfriend, Becky (Keeney) & they had 3 sons. The rest is history! Dean has been a prominent figure in the Trotwood & New Lebanon Communities for over 40 years now. Even though Dean is not involved in the day to day operations, he still enjoys meeting families' and seeing the many friends he's made over the years.

Many people may not know that Dean has always been a musician. He's played drums in several bands dating back to junior high. He currently enjoys playing blues harmonica and percussion in Dayton and beyond and is affectionately known as "Deano" in the music community.

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Kevin M. Rogers

Owner, Licensed Funeral Director, Pre-need Counselor

Kevin is a 2001 graduate of Brookville High School where he was captain of the football and baseball teams. He then went on to attend Bowling Green State University. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Community Services in 2005. Kevin now resides in Brookville, with his wife and 5 children. He is a member of the AMVETS Post 1789 and the New Lebanon & Trotwood Chamber of Commerce.

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Derek L. Bales

Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer

Derek attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he was a Class Representative and Laboratory Assistant, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Class of Spring 2010. Before entering funeral service, he was a Corrections Officer for the Preble County Sheriff's Office for 10 years. He lives in Eaton with his wife and children.

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Dawn Powers-Corley

Administrative Assistant

Dawn is a 1990 graduate from Dixie High School. Her family moved to New Lebanon when she was a year old and she's been a resident ever since. She was employed with General Motors for 11 years and left there in 2004 to become a stay at home mom. She has two sons, Nick and Nate. Besides G.M. she has always worked in the New Lebanon area. Dawn loves her community and loves to be active in her boy's activities, from coaching to helping run the concession stand. She is very involved with her church  FBCNL where she has been a member for over  30 years. She has been employed with Rogers' since 2011.

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Gene Bashor

Associate

Gene is a 20 year employee of Rogers'Funeral Homes and a 1956 graduate of Trotwood Madison High School.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 as  a Chaplain's Assistant.  Prior to joining Rogers' he was Co-Owner of Noffsinger and Bashor Appliances in Trotwood for 30 years.  Gene is an avid gardener both at home and at Rogers' Funeral Homes. He is a member of the American Conifer Society, American Hosta Society and the Miami Valley Hosta Society.  Gene and his wife Marcia (Long) are active lifetime members of the Trotwood Church of the Brethren.  
 
"It is a pleasure and a privilege being associated with Rogers' Funeral Homes in both Trotwood and New Lebanon."

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Eli Winkler

Associate