Orville Curtis Rogers
Orville Curtis Rogers was born on November 28, 1917 to Steven Rogers and Lillie Leona Rogers. The family moved to Sulphur in 1929 and Orville was a graduate of Sulphur High School. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1941.After his service in World War II he was hired to be a pilot for Braniff International Airways and retired in 1977 after 32 years.
At the age of 50, he took up running and set multiple world records in Masters athletics at the age of 90 and 95. He made national news after a video of his sprint race against a 92 year old opponent went viral. Rogers, 99 at the time, won the race by 0.05 seconds. To celebrate his 100th birthday, he and his family ran a combined 100 miles. He then set two 100-year-old age group records in the 60m and the 400m while competing at the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Championships.
Mr. Rogers was a deeply religious man and with his wife Esther Beth he was a generous supporter of many charities. He passed away on November 14, 2019, in Dallas, Texas. He was predeceased by his wife Esther Beth, by his son Curtis Rogers, and by his sister Veva Jean Rogers Gibbard. He is survived by his sons William S. Rogers and Dr. Rick J. Rogers and his daughter Susan Elaine Eveland as well as his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.