Willie Frank (Buddy) Rogers Jr., 52, a retired civilian employe of the Air Force Department and a former professional football player, died of cardiac arrest Monday at his home in Vienna.

He served here and abroad with the Air Force as an intelligence administrator for 25 years before retiring in 1977.

Mr. Rogers had made his home in Vienna since the early 1950s. He had been active with the Boy Scouts of America and the Vienna Little League and was a member of the Marshall High School Boosters.

Mr. Rogers was born in Louisiana and reared in Lake Village, Ark. A graduate of the University of Arkansas where he played football, he had spent a year as a running back with the Chicago Bears professional football team. He also served with the Marines before joining the Air Force Department.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline, and two sons, Bill and Jeff, all of Vienna; three daughters, Teresa Anderson of Herndon, Toni McIntosh of Atlanta, and Tammy Rogers of Merrifield; his mother, Mary Rogers of Lake Village, and three sisters, Olivia Slepian of Lake Village, Delma Reed of Lake Providence, La., and Katie Sue Hohn of Sterling.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Boy Scouts, the Vienna Little League, the Marshall High School Boosters, or to the Amercian Heart Association.