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Lyman "Doug" Rogers

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Lyman Douglas "Doug" Rogers, 90, former resident of Newtown, died July 25, 2019, in hospice at the St John Paul II Center in Danbury from dementia and congestive heart failure. He was born October 11, 1928, in Middletown, N.Y., to Dorothy Taplin Rogers and Lyman Franklin Rogers.

Lyman attended Wooster School and Lafayette College before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1955. He served in the Korean War in the 1st Marine Air Wing, Nightfighter Squadron, during the Airborne Intercept Operation.

On February 4, 1956, Lyman married Marjorie Bowers Rogers, and they had two children, Scott J. Rogers and Cindy Rogers.

For 30 years, he worked as a sales engineer for the Trane Company doing heat and air conditioning.

Lyman was active in the Newtown community as a Little League Baseball coach from 1966 to 1970; chairman of the Newtown Planning & Zoning Commission in the 1960s; chairman of the Newtown Republican Town Committee in the 1970s; a nine-year member of Newtown Forest Association, where he oversaw the Holcombe Hill gift of 55 acres to Newtown; chairman for the Trinity Church Vestry, where he was part of building the Parish House in the 1960s; and Newtown Country Club Chairman of the Old Boys Club Lunch Group.

He also was a Delegate-at-Large for the Republican National Convention in 1980; a guest at the 1981 inauguration for President Reagan; a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration; a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) through the Ebineezar Baldwin Branch #9; Chairman of the SAR Committee to rededicate Washington’s War Office at the Lebanon Green in Lebanon, Conn; and a 1988 member of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association at the Oxford Airport Property.

Lyman had an unfailing faith in alien life, and his passion led him enjoy everything from crop circles to off-planet activity.

He is survived by his two children, Scott and Cindy and her husband, Mike Gessford; his grandson, Derek Rogers; his sister, Gloria Porter, and her husband, Bill Porter; and 13 nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will take place Friday, October 11, at noon, in the Connecticut Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Newtown Forest Association.

Arrangements are through Honan Funeral Home, Newtown.

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