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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