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Nov. 7, 1926 – Sept. 21, 2013

Harvey Rogers, a private- practice attorney specializing in family law, died Saturday in St. John the Baptist Hospice House after a long illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Rogers graduated from Burgard Vocational High School. During World War II, he served in the Army Infantry’s 94th Division as a private first class and technician in the European Theater.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo, where in 1951 he also earned his juris doctor degree and was president of the Sigma Tau fraternity. He would later organize yearly law school class reunions.

After the war, he was self-employed practicing civil and criminal law, with a focus on family law, for about 60 years.

Mr. Rogers was also active in local sports including coaching Amherst and Williamsville youth football. He helped to initiate the first youth hockey program in Amherst. He also founded the Williamsville North Wrestling Boosters and was wrestling chairman for the Niagara District AAU.

Mr. Rogers was a master of United Craft Lodge 931, Free & Accepted Masons. He was a member of the Queen City Jazz Society, the Buffalo Bills Football Boosters and was appointed to the Erie County Department of Social Welfare Advisory Board.

He was a longtime active member of Congregation Ahavas Achim/B’nai Shalom.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Eva Yutz; a daughter, Betsy Kozinn; a son, Warren; and a sister, Judith Walters.

Services were held Monday.