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On Sunday, July 30, 2023, the Lord took Roger George Anderson, 70, of the Town of Nasewaupee, in His arms and freed him from the Parkinson’s that had taken over his body. Roger passed away at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview with family at his side.
He was born December 22, 1952 in Sturgeon Bay to Gustave and Emily (Goll) Anderson. Roger grew up attending Carlsville Grade School and then Algoma High School.
Through a cousin, he met Betty Ann Ferron. They were united in marriage on June 19, 1971 at Betty’s home parish, Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood, where Roger became a member and remained a member with Betty. Roger and Betty were young teenagers at the time of their marriage, but after 52 years of marriage, they were inseparable.
He was an exceptional woodworker, and spending time in his workshop brought him great joy. Roger’s passion for woodworking could be appreciated all throughout his and his daughters’ homes – from the furniture he made to the handcrafted toys parked all about. His legacy will live on through the many projects he gave to his family and teaching his boys the trade.
Roger initially worked in the shipyards at Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI) in Sturgeon Bay as part of the cleanup crew and eventually with the sandblasting and finishing department. He then worked for Palmer Johnson Yachts in Sturgeon Bay as a foreman until its closing when he retired.
Earlier in life, Roger enjoyed hunting and fishing and riding his motorcycle as well as spending time with his family at the cabin he built, “R-Little Corner”.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Betty; four precious daughters, Jean (Chris) Chase, Jenny Anderson, both of the Town of Nasewaupee, Jane (Edward) Hensley of Sturgeon Bay, and Joni (John) Nessinger of Forestville; nine grandchildren, who were the apple of his eye; three great-grandchildren; four siblings, Joyce Anderson of Green Bay, Richard (Cindy) Anderson of Euren, Ralph (Nancy) Anderson of Algoma, and Ron (Lynn) Anderson of Casco; other relatives; and friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; two siblings, Gayle LeMere and Randy Anderson; niece and Godchild, Jodi Anderson; parents-in-law, Clayton and Rose (nee Swoboda) Ferron; brother-in-law, Clayton Ferron, Jr.; and other relatives.
His life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Maplewood with Fr. Ryan Krueger as celebrant and Dcn. Mark Hibbs assisting. Roger will be laid to rest in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum at Nicolet Memorial Gardens in the Town of Scott.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
Memorials may be given in Roger’s name for Unity Hospice (2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, WI 54115).
“A special ‘thank you’ goes out to our three sons-in-law who were like (Roger’s) sons to him. Our family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Paul Maes and the staff of Unity Hospice who carried Roger and (our family) through this difficult time.”
Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Anderson family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Roger may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
2366 Oak Ridge Cir, De Pere WI 54115