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Roger J. Schmitz

April 18, 1937 ~ May 29, 2020 (age 83)


MADISON - Roger J. Schmitz, age 83, a kind man with an infectious sense of humor died on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 3am with his wife, Ruth and sister, Joann holding his hands at Rock Haven Nursing Home in Janesville.  Roger was born on April 18, 1937 in Madison, WI to Adelbert Schmitz and Bonnie Annen Schmitz.  He was the second oldest and first son.

Roger proudly served 4 years as a mechanic in the Air Force from 1955 to 1959.  He was stationed in Newfoundland and was hoping to travel the world but was reassigned back to Truax Field in Madison.  From his military service he worked at Dynaelectron in the Deep South.

Roger worked for the Dane County Highway for a short time  He then worked for the City of Madison Garage on First Street.  A job he enjoyed immensely.  He befriended many cops and city personnel who lovingly referred to him as “Porky”.  He was a super-duper mechanic!!!

A confirmed bachelor until age 43, he finally “met his match” in Ruth Gentz.  On his wedding day he proudly and bravely became a husband, father of six!!!, and a grandfather. Wow!  Roger and Ruth would’ve celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on September 6, 2020.

Roger is survived by his wife, Ruth and her children....Scott Tilley, Tammy Ryan, Terry Murphy, Dana Hodson, Carmen Smith; his sister Joann Trainor, his brothers Gary Schmitz and Gordy (Patricia) Schmitz; 19 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and a plethora of nieces and nephews who loved his generous heart, his never-ending smile, and his quick wit.

He was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Kathy Haag, an infant grandson, Remi Hodson, his sister-in-law, Anita Schmitz, his brother-in-law, Russell Trainor, and his nephew Randy Trainor.

 A Celebration of Life will be held from 11AM until 2PM on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the AMERICAN LEGION, 207 Legion Street, Verona.  Bring your memories and a light luncheon will follow.

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Verona Chapel

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Celebration of Life
July 24, 2021

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
American Legion Hall Verona
207 Legion St
Verona, WI 53593
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