Michael Franklin Rogers

Michael Franklin Rogers

July 24, 1952 – August 3, 2022

Michael Franklin Rogers was born July 24, 1952, to Frank and Wilma Rogers in Omaha Nebraska. He graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 1970. After high school he attended University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Mike entered the United States Army in 1972 and served in Germany. On returning to Omaha, he joined the family business, Rogers Construction. He married Colleen Embrey in 1980. They raised 2 children Kara Leigh and Betsy Ann.

Mike continued in the construction, land development and real estate businesses. He took over the business in 1991 after his father passed away. He was very involved in MOBA (Metropolitan Omaha Builders Association). He became the President of MOBA in 1992 and continued to be very active in MOBA through the next couple decades. He was elected to the Douglas County Planning Commission in 1996. He was honored by NSHBA (Nebraska State Home Builders Association) to receive the 1999 Builder of the Year Award. In 2007 MOBA honored him by being inducted into their Hall of Fame. He was one of the largest land developers in Sarpy County during his career.

His accomplishment during his life includes building 990 homes, developing over 15 subdivisions and supplying over 5,000 residential lots in Douglas and Sarpy counties as well as various commercial and remodeling projects.

Mike’s greatest happiness was spending time with his family, woodworking, making wood bowls, building violins, and refurbishing furniture. He also enjoyed watching the Kansas City Royals and Nebraska Huskers.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Wilma Rogers; daughter, Kara L. Erickson. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Colleen Embry Rogers; daughter, Betsy Nowatzke (Chris); three grandchildren: Mayson Garcia, Greyson Erickson, Zander Nowatzke; one great-grandson, AJ Garcia; siblings: Barbara O’Connor (Brad), Joseph Rogers (Dana), John Rogers (Beth), Mimi Rogers (Scott Farkas); many nieces and nephews.

Visitation: August 22, 2022, 9:30AM with a Memorial Mass following at 10:30AM all at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S 86th St, Omaha, NE 68114. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Creighton Prep High School.

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  • Scott Knudsen Posted August 17, 2022 12:54 pm

    Mike Rogers was a man of integrity. His personal and business ethics were beyond reproach. His word was his bond. His handshake was more valid than dozens of signed documents. Mike had high values, yet kept a low profile. He was a good man. The Metropolitan Omaha Home Builders Association said his passing was a “sad loss for MOBA”. The truth is Mikes passing is a sad loss for Omaha and the entire home building industry. Rest in Peace my friend.

    • John rogers Posted August 17, 2022 5:59 pm

      Thank You Scott, for your kind words.

    • Mimi Rogers Posted August 27, 2022 1:47 pm

      Thanks for your kind words about our brother. It is greatly appreciated..

  • Sue Zbylut Teutsch Posted August 18, 2022 10:34 am

    The Rogers family has been part of our lives for years. We are so sorry to hear of Mikes passing. Sending our deepest sympathy at this time, and prayers to the entire Rogers family. May he RIP! 🙏🙏🙏

  • Staup Peggy Posted August 18, 2022 10:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I loved reading about him. So many interest! Your family is in my prayers.

  • Tom Harrington Posted August 18, 2022 7:03 pm

    He was a kind and generous soul. My best friend in high school and a bit beyond. A great and accomplished human being.

  • Scott and Barbara Byrd Posted August 19, 2022 1:08 pm

    We have known Mike for many years and worked with him in MOBA. Mike was a great individual and a n asset to the building and development community. He always had a smile and was willing to pitch in and help. Mike will be truly missed Barbie and Scott Byrd

  • April Kirkpatrick Seaman Posted August 24, 2022 3:46 am

    Thinking of the family with sympathy and the utmost respect. Fond memories of Mike and the Rogers family.

  • Jodi Jackson Posted February 8, 2024 8:59 pm

    I worked with Mike, Joe and John for five years in the early 90s
    As their realtor . Later on as a builder, I bought lots from the brothers, I retired in 2017 so unfortunately I just found out that Mike had passed away . I have to share the one thing I remember most about Mike. I had brought him a contract. It was low, but I fully expected him to counter it. But ,He threw the contract at me and said before I sell a house at cost I will stay at home in my pajamas and watch captain kangaroo. 😂 . . He was just that kind of guy . he taught me a lot .
    Rest in peace Mike . And thanks for the memories..

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