Obituary: Roger Wegner
Ryan Summerlin January 30, 2014
Roger Allen Wegner
Dec. 2, 1928 – Dec. 26, 2013
Roger (Rog) Allen Wegner was born on Dec. 2, 1928, in Rochester, Minn., to Louis and Rosella (Halling) Wegner. He died on Dec. 26, 2013, with his family at his side after a short battle with cancer.
He married Phyl Emmeline Johnson on June 16, 1956, and together they raised three sons: Allen (Becky), Mark (Janice) and Scott (Lena).
Roger graduated from Rochester High School in 1947. He attended Rochester Community College before joining the Navy and serving in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
His career covered 35 years as an electronics engineer with Sperry Univac and Unisys. His work took the family to Cleveland; Davenport, Iowa; Slidell, Louisiana; and back to Minneapolis. The last few years of his career, Rog and Phyl worked and lived Kanagawa, Japan. Before retiring to Colorado, Minnesota was always home. He was a dedicated Vikings fan.
As a husband and father, he took the family canoeing in the Boundary Waters, camping and on many trips out West. As a father and grandfather he shared his love of sports, cooking and the Boy Scouts. His grandchildren loved his teasing and big bear hugs.
Just before retiring, Rog, with the help of his sons (and family friend Scott Januski) designed and built a retirement home in Summit County, overlooking the Lower Blue River and the Gore Range.
His passion became exploring the trails of Summit County, climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners (summited 33) and elk hunting in the Williams Fork. He perfected high-altitude baking and gardening. Everyone was welcome at the Wegner table. Rog was a caretaker of the forest and nearby North Acorn Creek.
He spent many hours on the slopes and volunteered as a slope watcher at Copper Mountain Resort until he was 82 years old. He and Phyl learned western and square dancing and enjoyed many evenings with their dance group. Rog and Phyl traveled to many parts of the globe, but he especially enjoyed visiting Norway, searching relentlessly for his great-grandfather Ole Olson Halling’s birthplace.
He spent hours researching and preparing the Halling and Wegner genealogy. He and Phyl were members of the Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church and Friends of the Lower Blue. They faithfully cleaned up trash along Highway 9 for 24 years as volunteers for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Rog is survived by his wife, Phyl, and one sister, Roseanne. His parents and two older brothers preceded him in death. He leaves behind his three sons and five grandchildren, Dustin (Mark), Sydney and Spencer (Al) and Rosella and Noah (Scott). He adored his family and was a good husband, father and grandfather.
A memorial service will be held at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. Memorials in Roger’s name can be made to Bristlecone Hospice or Friends of the Lower Blue.
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