Roger “Rog” R. Habeck, 85, of Seymour, passed away Tuesday morning, June 30, 2015, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, son of the late Julius and Lenora (Jesse) Habeck.
Roger was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour.
Roger graduated from Shawano High School and served in the U.S. Army from March 1951 to March 1953. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Bonduel American Legion Post 217 for over 50 years, having served as commander.
He was united in marriage to Esther Hoppe on Feb. 15, 1958. She preceded him in death on Feb. 18, 1990. Roger later married Shirley Warner Abel on Dec. 13, 1992, in Texas.
Roger worked as a licensed cheesemaker at Frazer Corners for many years prior to working at Fort Howard paper mill, retiring in 1990.
Throughout the years Roger enjoyed “wheeling and dealing,” having owned over 40 different cars and motorcycles. He also was an avid card player and was able to play almost any card game. In his younger days he had many different boats and liked the occasional fishing trip.
Roger loved riding his motorcycle, even taking a trip on the bike with Shirley to Alaska. The couple also enjoyed their winters in Texas. It wasn’t uncommon for Roger and his friends to take off on spur-of-the-moment motorcycle trips. More than anything, he loved his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; four daughters: Sue (Aaron) Burmeister, Seymour, Nancy (Bill) Goeben, Seymour, Mary (Scott) Rusch, Shawano, and Karen (Fred) Herman, Black Creek; 10 grandchildren, Heather Rusch, Ben (Amanda) Burmeister, Samantha Goeben, Bradley Burmeister, M.D., Whitney (Ben) Arndt, Chris (Nikki) Goeben, Elizabeth, Emily, Kristina and Eric Herman; great-granddaughter, Kynzlee Mae Arndt; two expected great-grandchildren; seven stepchildren, Sharon Abel, Kathleen (Charles) Wendt, Barbara (Steve) Frank, Julie Abel, LeRoy Abel, Kevin Abel and Scott (Lisa) Abel; 16 stepgrandchildren; numerous great-stepgrandchildren. He is further survived by two brothers, Lee (Sandy) Habeck and Dave (Barb) Habeck, both of Shawano; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Roger was preceded in death by a brother, Vernal (Shirley) Habeck, and sister, Elaine (Lloyd) Darling.
Friends may call at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, on Thursday, July 2, 2015, from 4-8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, July 3, 2015, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, from 9:30 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Roland Lindeman officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery with military rites to follow the service.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com.
A memorial fund has been established in Roger’s memory.
Roger, you will be sadly missed by all.
Special thanks to Roger’s caregivers with VA Home Health Care, Unity Hospice and Good Shepherd Nursing Home for their wonderful care.
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