Rogers Theo Leeper was born in Mena, Arkansas July 21,1952 to Theo and Catherine Rogers Leeper. He was called by God on Thursday August 5, 2021 in Waldron, Arkansas.
He roamed Poteau Mtn as a kid on horseback where he had many adventures. His Hon friends would usually be along. His childhood adventures were many just ask his friends. He loved horses better than dogs and he owned many. His favorite horse was named Bullet. The wilder the horse the better he liked them and the way he described Bullet he was full of fire. He was ridden by one man and that was Roger Leeper, no one else could even get close to him.
Roger left Waldron to join the US Army as a teenager and returned when he was in his 30's. He went to AIT at Fort Polk, LA from there to Vietnam. He always said he was never in the country, just cleaned up their vehicles on board ship as they departed. His favorite duty station was Germany. His last duty station was Fort Bragg, NC, where he met his wife.
His military MOS was a Mechanic. He could work on both diesel and gas engines. Through the years he helped many people with their vehicles, which included log trucks. All a person had to do was ask for help and he was out the door. If you were broken down on the side of the highway he would usually stop to see if he could help you.
Roger retired from logging and Tyson Foods. He acquired many friends, all of them will remember him as a prankster and a great friend. At some point in life his logging buddies gave him the nickname Bur Rabbit, it was shortened to "Bur" and it stuck as his new name.
Just getting out and driving through the woods was his therapy. He knew most dirt roads in Scott County and took every opportunity to drive them. As an outdoorsman he loved hunting, and fishing. He owned many old camping trailers through the years just so he could sit on the lake bank and drown a worm. Even in his illness he was looking forward to fishing for those elusive catfish. He also loved going to the rodeo, but his passion was Bull Riding.
He was preceded in death by his parents "Pete" and "Cat" Leeper, his sister Cathy Leeper Payne and his beloved daughter Leanora "Lea" Leeper Rippy.
He leaves behind his wife Betty Ehrhart Leeper, his son William T Leeper and wife Maranda Miner Leeper. The joys of his life were his grandchildren, Anne Radcliff, Zoey Leeper, Victoria Leeper, and Slayde Leeper who he adopted. Three sisters Linda Robertson, Larain Smith, and Mary "Jody" McDaniel and husband Lloyd and one brother in law, Randy Payne. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and cousins.
He will be missed by many on this side of life, he has moved on to a new beginning. One day we will see him again. Love never dies, and he will not be forgotten by his family and friends.
Rogers graveside life celebration will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at the Center Point Cemetery near Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Pat Ray Biggs and Rev. Michael Briggs officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
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