Roger L. Vogen

Nov. 7, 1940 - July 12, 2009

Roger Leo Vogen, 68, a resident of Davenport, Iowa, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House of Bettendorf, Iowa, surrounded by his beloved family. Roger was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 7, 1940, to Leo Joseph Vogen and Alice Elaine (nee Foss) Vogen.

He graduated from Oconomowoc High School and attended the University of Wisconsin prior to his marriage to Robin Vail Johnston in 1968. They had three children: Abby Vail, Robin Lee and Mathew Leo. They were divorced in 1980.

He served in the U.S. Army for three years receiving a U.S. Army commendation for service as an assistant operations sergeant in the Dominican Republic Revolution in 1965.

Roger worked for Keuffel & Esser Co. for 10 years as a sales engineer and Iowa Bearing Co. for eight years as president of the company prior to joining NSK Bearing Co. as a sales manager for 12 years. He retired in 2006.

He was an avid sportsman and athlete. He played football for the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team, loved to fish and golf. Interests and loves included American history, railroad history and a fascination with the Mississippi River. He also had a passion for classical music and antique clocks and his many dogs over the years. He enjoyed tailgating and rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers, vacationing with family and friends in the Minoqua-St.Germain area and traveling to Cape Cod and Maine with friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Julia Ann, who was his constant companion for many years before their marriage in 1997; his children, Abby (Edward) Horn of Hartland, Robin (Kevin) Hehn of Nashotah and Matthew (Sandy) Vogen of Oconomowoc; his stepchildren, Steven (Mary) Schmitz of Belville, Karen Kelly of Davenport and Catherine (Tim) Graham of Davenport; eleven grandchildren, Charlie and George Vogen, Dylan, Christopher and Jackson Horn, Cameron and Derek Hehn, Allison Graham, Elizabeth Schmitz and John and Ryan Kelly; his brother, Donald (Kay) Vogen of Cranberry, N.J.; his sister-in-law, Jane Vogen of Holiday, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Allen John Vogen.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, July 15, at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Chapel of Bettendorf. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 16, at St. Anthonyís Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport, at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the family.

McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call (563) 355-1751. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting Rogerís obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.