Edward Kelly 'Eddie' Rogers

Commercial fisherman, 52Edward Kelly "Eddie" Rogers, 52, of Chinook, Wash., died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in Chinook of natural causes.

Mr. Rogers was born Aug. 25, 1951, in Portland to Manis and Stella (Johnson) Rogers. His father survives, living in Long Beach, Wash.

Mr. Rogers grew up in Beaverton, where he received his education and helped his parents at Rogers Bakery. In 1966, he came to the peninsula to fish on his father's charter boat in Ilwaco, Wash. After an initial bout of seasickness, family members say he fell in love with the ocean and made a career of commercial fishing. He worked the fishing seasons on tuna, salmon and crab boats. He was considered a good hand family members said, and was always in demand. One of his proudest accomplishments was helping his friend, Ron Cochran, rebuild the boat "Restless C" after a fire, using teak and mahogany hardwoods. He enjoyed playing pool, and earned the nickname "Fast Eddie."

Mr. Rogers married Karyn Stover in 1979. They were later divorced.

He's survived by two sons, Justin Kelly Rogers and Christopher Steven Rogers, both of Ilwaco, and a sister, Pamela Lewis of Dallas, Texas.

Memorial service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, 16th and Pacific St., Long Beach. A reception follows at the chapel.

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