GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. – Roger Rogge, 79, of Green Valley, Ariz., and formerly of Hancock, passed away peacefully at home March 28, 2013.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on May 13, 1933, to Esther and Theodore Rogge.
After graduating from Kingsford High School, he enlisted in the Army in 1952 and was stationed in Germany.
After his military service he earned a degree in business administration from Michigan Tech. Roger retired from Michigan Tech in 1995 after 39 years of service. His positions there included Manager of Operations of the University’s Ford Forestry Center and Director of Support Services on the main campus.
He was a consultant to Ford Motor Company, overseeing land and mineral rights of their vast Upper Peninsula holdings.
His community activities included: Lions Club, Board of Bishop Baraga Shrine, Chairman of the Baraga County Memorial Hospital Board, church councils of Holy Cross Lutheran and United Lutheran Churches in Baraga and L’Anse.
In Green Valley, he served as a board member of the Community Water Company and was a member of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers.
Roger was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Houghton and an associate member of Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley.
He was preceded in death by parents, Theodore and Esther; stepmother Blossom Rogge; daughter, Diane Rogge; son-in-law, Dennis Martinac; daughter-in-law, Heather Berner; brother, James Froehlig.
He is survived by his wife, Verna; four children and two stepchildren; Mike (Peggy) Rogge, Kay (Riley) McIntyre, Karen Rogge, Sharon Haapala, Kristine (Don) Hagwell and Kevin (Kimmie) Berner; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings Carol Schumacher, Bill Froehlig, Richard Froehlig; sister-in-law Lois Froehlig.
Roger and Verna traveled the country in their motorhome with at least one to four cats and dogs along for the ride.
Many of their trips took them to quilt shows from California to Wisconsin where they displayed and sold quilt hangers made by Roger and quilts made by Verna.
Roger was an avid outdoorsman, an early advocate of forests being a renewable resource, and a student and proponent of water issues in southwest Arizona.
His quick wit, storytelling, intellect and great sense of humor was enjoyed by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends in the Upper Peninsula and Green Valley.
The stories of “packing heat,” legendary four-wheel drive club trips and related stops in Arivaca will live on.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley. Lunch will be served following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Desert Hills Lutheran Church, 2150 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley AZ 85622.