Obituaries

In Memory Of

Roger E. Alger
May 8, 1942 - August 28, 2018


Visitation:
Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
201 E. Rusch Street
Thorp, WI  54771

Services:
Saturday, September 1st, 2018 - 11:00am
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
201 E. Rusch Street
Thorp, WI  54771

An additional visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 10:00am until time of service.

Full Obituary

     ROGER EDMUND ALGER, 76, of Thorp, Wisconsin, passed away, Tuesday August 28, 2018.  Visitation, services, and a meal will be held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 201 E Rusch St., Thorp Wisconsin, 54771.  Visitation will be on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  On Saturday, September 1, there will be a pre-service visitation from 10:00 am – 11:00 am.  Pastor Daniel Wang will conduct a celebration of life ceremony beginning 11:00 am on Saturday.  This will be followed by a Military service outside of the church.  Please also join the family for lunch which will be served immediately after the Military service at St Paul’s Lutheran Church.
     Rog was born May 8, 1942 in Stanley, Wisconsin to Ed and Ethel Alger.  He grew up on a small farm south of Thorp and enjoyed participating in sports.  He graduated from Thorp High School in 1960.  He then served in the U.S. Army for 3 years.  He returned home in May 1963 and after adjusting to civilian life he moved to Milwaukee where he met the love of his life, Gail (Staab) Alger.  They were married on May 28th 1966 and enjoyed 52 years together.   After starting their family in Milwaukee, they moved back to Lublin for a few years and settled in Thorp in 1978 where they have lived for the past 40 years.  While worth noting that Rog was a banker and insurance agent for 40 years, his life was not defined by his professional accomplishments.  It was defined by his joyful nature, loyal friendship, and dedicated service to helping his community and everyone he knew.  He was an active member of the Thorp Lions Club, Thorp School Board (where he served for over 30 years), and was on the County Board for nearly 10 years.  He was also a Church Elder and Sunday School teacher.  He coached youth basketball and baseball and he could often be seen leading a pickup football game in his backyard for any kids who wanted to participate.
     Rog loved going to the cottage, boating, golfing, and watching the Packers.  He enjoyed his annual trips to the state high school basketball tournament and to Rock Dam for “hunting” season.  Rog especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren: watching their dance recitals, sporting events, school productions, and babysitting them where he would always sneak them some candy.  He laughed with friends, loved his wife and family, and served his community and neighbors with a compassionate heart.  He lived a life full of joy that spread fun and happiness to people around him.
     Rog is survived by his wife Gail, two sons and their families: Scott & Linda Alger and their three daughters (Sydney, Lauren, & Tori) of Sturgeon Bay, WI and Matt & Melissa Alger and their two sons (Dax and Myles) of Elmwood, IL.  He is also survived by his three siblings and their families: Peg (& Ken) Maier of Green Bay, WI, Bill (& Nancy) Alger of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Rick Alger (& Pat McClain) of Tomahawk WI.
     Flowers and donations can be sent to St Paul’s Lutheran Church in care of Gail Alger.  Please also feel free to donate to a charity of your choice in honor of Rog Alger.