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A memorial service for Leon L. Rogers, a retired postal worker and photographer, will be at noon Wednesday in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

A private interment will be scheduled.

Mr. Rogers died Thursday in Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre De Grace, Md., after a brief illness. He was 71.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Rogers graduated from McKinley High School. He served in the Intelligence Branch of the Army Reserve during the Korean War.

Mr. Rogers was a letter carrier with the Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 1989.

Since he was a youth, he enjoyed taking photographs. As an adult, he attended a photography class at the University at Buffalo and received a certificate from the Buffalo Public School Adult Program in Industrial Photography.

He was a union steward for the letter carriers and attended conventions as the union's official photographer. He received numerous awards for his photography at the Allentown Art Festival and Juneteenth celebrations.

He enjoyed bowling and listening to music.

In 2001, as his health began to decline, Mr. Rogers relocated to Aberdeen, Md., to be closer to family. He quickly made friends and embarked on a new photo shoot, capturing what he called "his new city" and "his new chapter in life."

Mr. Rogers is survived by five daughters, Diane Pryor of Sterling Heights, Mich., Deidre Taylor of Belcamp, Md., Lucille Coleman of Havre De Grace, Paulette Dennis of Abingdon, Md., and Chris Diaz of Aberdeen; two sisters, Viola Lewis and Mary Elaine Rogers, both of Buffalo; a brother, James Rogers of Buffalo; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


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