John Rogers

Obituary of John R. Rogers

John R. “Jack” Rogers age 94, of Joliet, IL passed away peacefully at home, Monday morning March 7, 2022.  Jack was born July 17, 1927, to the late Margaret (Kane) and John J Rogers in Chicago, IL where he was raised and educated.  He was a United States Army Veteran.

On June 18, 1955, he married Joan Drew, the love of his life at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, Chicago, Illinois. They relocated to Joliet in 1962 where they raised their family.

In 1957, John and Jim Wermer founded Wermer and Rogers in Joliet that is in operation today, now known as Wermer, Rogers, Duran & Ruzon, LLC, the largest accounting firm in Will County.  Mr. Rogers continued to be a fixture at the firm until March of 2019.

Jack was very involved with the Sacred Heart Parish in Joliet and many local civic and cultural organizations including the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board of St. Joseph Medical Center, the Rotary Club of Joliet, Cornerstone Services and the Board of the Rialto Square Theatre Foundation. Jack was awarded the Rabbi Herschman award for community service in 2007 and in 2017 he received the lifetime achievement award from the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.   His professional memberships were numerous and his lifelong dedication to fiscal responsibility earned him recognition as an honorary member of the Illinois CPA Society in June of 1994.

Jack is survived by his five children, John (Sue Swider) Rogers, Maureen “Mo” (Lee) Kelly, Terence (JoAnn) Rogers, Timothy (Jakki) Rogers, and Mary Jo (John) Mackniskas; grandchildren, Jacob and Joshua Swider-Rogers, Bridget Miller, Chris (Meghan) Miller, Sean (Keagan)  Miller,  Andrew,  Joseph, Jack and Ryan Rogers, Patrick and Douglas Rogers and Kyle and Aidan Mackniskas; step-grandchildren, Heather (Matthew) VonHolten, Joshua (Sarah) Bull, Kevin (Jordan) Bull, Corinne Mackniskas and Jason Mackniskas; great-grandchildren, Parker, Colten Jack, and Ellery Miller; Everett and Emmett Jack Miller; step-great-grandchildren, Mason, Roman, Brayten, Anna Claire and Maddox Bull; sister, Mary (the late Donald) Dombrowski and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews also survive.

In addition to his beloved wife of 62 years, Joan, he is also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marjorie Rogers; brother, Robert (late Margaret) Rogers.

Visitation for John R. Rogers will be held Monday, March 14, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home 3200 Black Rd. (at Essington Rd.) Joliet.  Funeral services Tuesday morning March 15, 2022, 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home to the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus where a Mass of Christian Burial will be con-celebrated at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Jack’s name can be made to Cornerstone Services  or Sacred Heart Church, 337 S. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60436.

For more information please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave a condolence.



4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, March 14, 2022
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus
604 N. Raynor Avenue
Joliet, Illinois, United States


12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers memorials in Jack’s name can be made to Cornerstone Services  or Sacred Heart Church, 337 S. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60436
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