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Roger Bruggeman 01/27/2020

Roger Bruggeman 01/27/2020

Roger F. Bruggeman, age 81 of River Falls, WI, died on Monday, January 27, 2020 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Roger was born the son of Albert and Ella (Hesse) Bruggeman on February 13, 1938 at home near Mentor, MN.  He grew up near Mentor and attended the Mentor schools.  As a teenager, Roger began his career in farming with his father.  Roger moved to Milwaukee at the age of 18, where he met his future wife, Arlyne Buscher.  They were married September 12, 1959 at St. Matthew’s Church in Oak Creek, WI.  In 1961 they moved to River Falls, WI.  Roger spent 35 years working at the Ford Motor Company in St. Paul, MN retiring in December of 1997.  In retirement, Roger went back to “farming” on their 52acre hobby farm near Amery, WI.  On the farm, Roger enjoyed his antique tractors, hunting with family and friends, and just being outside in the woods.  Roger served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Fletcher-Pechacek American Legion Post 121 in River Falls.  He was a member of the Moon Lake Thresherman’s Association in Clayton, WI, the River Falls Snowmobile Club, the Moose Lodge and St. Bridget Catholic Church in River Falls.  Roger and Arlyne spent 20 winters in Apache Junction, AZ.  They enjoyed traveling together, playing cards and following everything their grandsons were involved in.  Roger was kind and generous, had a great sense of humor and always loved a good joke.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Ella Bruggeman; and siblings, Elaine Bruggeman, Vivian Preusse, Donavan (Florence) Bruggeman, Harold (Donna) Bruggeman, Dale (Muriel) Bruggeman.  Roger is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlyne Bruggeman; children, Deb (Greg) Sharrow and Scott (Libby) Bruggeman; grandsons, Gregory Sharrow, Zachary Bruggeman; sister, Jeannie (Carmen) Anderson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.   Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11 am at St. Bridget Catholic Church 211 E Division Street River Falls, WI.  Visitation was also Saturday from 9:30-11 am at the church.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls, WI.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Anita and Duane Voiles Posted January 28, 2020 10:16 pm

    Arlyne and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He was a fine man and loved by many. We have many happy memories of Roger and times spent together over the years in River Falls and will hold his memory dear.

  • Yvonne Benson Posted January 29, 2020 1:57 am

    Dear Arlyene,Scott & Deb,
    You have our deepest sympathies on losing Roger. He was truly a kind, gentle and loving person who will be dearly missed. I am sad to say that we will miss Roger’s funeral as we are out of town. But are thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sending you our love and hugs to carry you through this difficult time. God Bless. Love, Fred & Yvonne Benson

  • Victor koehler Posted January 30, 2020 1:50 pm

    I am so sorry to here of Roger’s passing, one of the nicest and caring people I’ve ever met. Always willing to pass on his knowledge and his skills, and help in anyway he could, after he retired his name would always come up, In My opinion his a legend at ford for all those who had the privilege and honor of knowing this awesome man. Thank you Roger for all your mentor and victorfor everyone in the skill trades and ford workers

  • Mark Crea Posted January 30, 2020 4:10 pm

    Roder was such a joy, Rosanne and I are praying for Arlyne and the family.

  • Robert Thomas Posted February 5, 2020 4:36 pm

    Roger was one of the best. He was great to work with and made everyone around him a better person. He is a blessing to all who knew him. My condolences.

  • Maggie Heisterkamp Posted February 6, 2020 4:47 am

    Dear Arlyne, I am not sure you would remember me, but we met at the Library in Highland and again at Veteran’s Camp picnic. I am very sorry I was unable to attend Roger’s service. He was a special character. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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