Roger L. Julson

Oct. 25, 1922 ó Dec. 7, 2014

After a brief illness, Roger L. Julson, 92, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, formerly of Waukesha, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Born October 25, 1922, in Hollandale to Hazel (Bollerud) and Ernest Julson, Roger graduated from Madison East High School in 1940.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Jean (James) Langeteig and Martha Julson.

Roger was a humble, yet proud, World War II veteran, having entered the Army in January 1943. After going by troop ship to North Africa, he joined the First Infantry Division in Sicily, and was billeted with them in England until D-Day, when he and his unit landed on Omaha Beach. After the D-Day invasion, he continued through France, Belgium, Germany, and then-Czechoslovakia, earning six battle stars and a Bronze Star. In September 2014, he was an honored member of the Arizona Honor Flight of WWII veterans who visited the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Roger married Verna Paull in Dodgeville in 1946. He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church; the VFW; the Masonic Lodge; the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army; the Advising Board of the Waukesha Park and Recreation Senior Citizens Group; and an officer in the Lutheran Brotherhood Fraternal Branch. Among his myriad volunteer activities, one of his most proud accomplishments was occasionally repairing the bells that the Salvation Army bell ringers used annually during the holidays.

For nine years, he was a state of Wisconsin employee first in Waupun then in Waukesha. He retired after 26 years at RTE Corp. (later Cooper, now Eaton) in Waukesha. Following his retirement, he and Verna enjoyed extensive international travel, visiting 26 countries primarily in Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. Roger also became an accomplished wood carver in his retirement.

Roger is survived by his loving wife, Verna of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; by his daughters, Janine Julson of Denver, Colo., Cynthia Julson Ernst of Las Vegas, Nev., and Bonnie (David) Wilcox, of Chandler, Ariz.; and by his grandsons and their families, Rob (Jackie) Wilcox of Mesa, Ariz., and their sons Jonathon, Jacob, and Joshua; and Andy (Amanda) Wilcox of Scottsdale, Ariz., and their daughter, Payton. He is further survived by his nieces and their families, many other relatives and countless friends.

Roger was a very kind man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a donation in Rogerís memory to one of the veterans organizations or the Salvation Army.