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John A. Rogers

07/13/1948 - 08/22/2023
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John A. Rogers, 75, of Winneconne, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at home with his family by his side. John fought a courageous battle with small cell cancer and pulmonary fibrosis, but finally went to be with Jesus and the loved ones gone before him.

John was born on July 13, 1948, in Eau Claire to parents Clarence O. and Margaret Rogers. At the age of five, his family took a leap of faith to purchase a small print shop and local newspaper in the Village of Winneconne. Moving their four children to what they believed was “the friendliest place on earth”—a place where John remained his entire life, and contributed so richly to.

Growing up and attending the Winneconne Community School District, John worked tirelessly in the family business alongside his parents, and by the age of 14 was doing hours upon hours of linotype work for the newspaper, which was flourishing under the Rogers’ ownership.

After graduating from Winneconne High School in 1967, John met the love of his life, Lynn Pedersen, over the many summers she would come from Oshkosh to Winneconne and work at Disch Stables. The two were married on August 15, 1970, and shared 53 wonderful years together while raising their daughter Jenna and son Kevin, further blessed by five beautiful grandchildren.

In 1974, John purchased the printing company & newspaper from his parents, and worked that business devotedly for the remainder of his days. Of the local newspaper, John would often say, “We are here to keep our community vibrant and not deal in scandal or controversy.” As its publisher of 50 years, those principles remain today.

John’s integrity did not stop at his personal enterprises, however. He served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970-76. He further served his community as a member of the Village Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1999, and went on to become Village President, serving from 1999 to 2019, retiring his seat with a perfect record of attendance. John was also a member of the Winneconne Rotary Club, the Winneconne Area Chamber of Commerce, the Winneconne Masonic Lodge, the Winneconne Men’s Club, and the Oshkosh Elks Club—serving as president of many over the years.

John took special joy in boating, camping, hiking, motorcycling, playing cards, hunting at deer camp with his buddies, going on fishing trips to Canada, and of course being with family and friends.

John is survived by his wife Lynn; children Jenna (Curt) Stam and Kevin (Bobbie) Rogers; grandchildren Connor (Autumn), Parker and Nora Stam, Estella and Griffin Rogers; and sisters Virginia Rogers and Kris (David) Pohlman along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Clarence and Margaret (Gilbertson) Rogers; sister Peggy (Rogers) Freund; brother-in-law Melvin Freund; mother-in-law Joan Stein; step father-in-law Guido Stein; father-in-law George Pedersen; and sister-in-law Sharon (Pedersen) Achterberg.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Lord of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 6090 Harbour South (corner of Harbour South and Hwy 116), Winneconne, on Thursday, August 31. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a funeral service at 12:30 p.m., with Pastor Kevin Heffernan officiating. Military honors will follow. Burial will then take place at the Winneconne Cemetery.

The family would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Thomas Klinkhammer and the ThedaCare At Home hospice staff, with a special thank you to RN Stacey and CNA Angie for their wonderful care, along with Mueller Funeral Home and Pastor Kevin Heffernan for their kind assistance.

John so loved the many visitors that came to see him, most especially his morning coffee group, the “Circle of Knowledge” whom he always delighted in seeing.

Mueller Funeral Home-Winneconne is assisting the family. If you wish, please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Tim Hewitt wrote on August 28, 2023
Rogers family I am sorry to read this Class of 67

Lynn Kuhns wrote on August 27, 2023
Oh, my heart to Lynn, and other members of John"'s family, and hid many close business, civic associates and friends. He was a joy to work for, over my many years as writer for the Winneconne News.. He always had a smile, kind and supportive words... that warm and wonderful sense of "down-home" humor and optimism. A real gentle man; yet willing to listen, to help and advise. To smile. Rest in peace, dear forever guide, and friend. Blessings, to all who feel the missing.

Gloria Nelson wrote on August 27, 2023
John was such an presence personally and professionally in Winneconne. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. May his memory always be a blessing.

Peter and Jody Running wrote on August 25, 2023
We send our sincere condolences to the entire Rogers family in these difficult times. May you find peace.

Teresa Dougherty wrote on August 25, 2023
Kris, we are so sorry for the loss is your brother. Keep your memory of him to comfort you.

Mary Harper wrote on August 25, 2023
Lynn, Jenna, Kevin and family it was truly a pleasure to work for John for over 20 years at the newspaper. I know he really loved the village we live in, and did so much for everyone living here. My sincere condolences to you. I am sure he is looking down from heaven on us. Mary

William Beck wrote on August 25, 2023
My deepest sympathy for your loss sincerely Bill Beck