(Cumberland) A Celebration of Life Service will be held this Saturday at noon for a man they called the “Voice” of C & M Football. Robert Edward “Bob” Rogers died June 11 at Unity Point Hospital in Des Moines. He is known for being a very proud man who never met a stranger and huge supporter of Cumberland & Massena Sports especially football.
“Bob Rogers was the voice of the C & M Rockets and the CAM football team for thirty-nine years,” stated former longtime C & M, and CAM Head football coach Dean Downer. “And in that 39-years he missed only one game to go to his son’s wedding rehearsal dinner.”
Bob Rogers began announcing C & M football games from the schools start until the reorganization with Anita and still did a game or two for the CAM team as well. And for his dedication Bob Rogers was a recipient of the Iowa High School Football Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
“I’ll tell you how dedicated he was to the CAM football program,” said Downer. “He bought his own amplifier and speakers, and the only thing he asked from the school was to blow up the roster because his eye sight wasn’t as good as it used to be.”
And Downer says Bob Rogers was also very dedicated to the community of Cumberland.
“He was the cornerstone of the town of Cumberland and instrumental in using the centennial money to build the community center,” said Downer.
The Celebration of Life Service is this Saturday, June 22, at the Cumberland Community Center at noon for all family and friends. Full military graveside rites will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery by the Anita American Legion Post number 210.
June 20, 2013