Donald W. Rogahn, 85

Longtime Grafton resident Donald W. Rogahn was a man who dearly loved his family and life. He died Sunday, Nov. 14, at Columbia St. Maryís Hospital Horizon Hospice, at the age of 85.

He was born in Milwaukee on Feb. 10, 1925, to Alfred and Anne Rogahn.
After graduating from Washington High School, Mr. Rogahn enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps, where he was commissioned a lieutenant and trained to pilot a B24 bomber during World War II.

On June 30, 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Holt,  in Nashville, Tenn.

After his honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps, the couple lived in Milwaukee and Mayville, where they started their family, before settling in Grafton in 1959.

Mr. Rogahn worked at the Jor-Mac Co. in Grafton for over 30 years, where he retired as vice president of engineering.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Grafton.

In addition to raising his family, he enjoyed fishing northern Wisconsin lakes in the spring for walleye and for muskie in the fall.  Golfing with his many friends filled in some of his free time.

After his children left home to start their own careers and families, he renewed his love for flying and activated his pilotís license and enjoyed flying again for both business and pleasure. He and his wife started taking annual springtime trips to Florida to enjoy the warmth of Fort Myers Beach and stops at Disney World to visit with family. The trips to Florida became more comfortable with the purchase of a 24-foot RV that allowed for the travel time and lodging to be flexible and more enjoyable for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Jean of Thiensville; children, Gary (Deborah) of Mequon and Debra (Robert) Kohlwey of Rice Lake; cherished grandchildren, Trenton (Jodi), Tristin, Luke (Erin) Kohlwey and Alicia (Joe) Schmid; and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Gavin, Katie, Ashley, Alexis, Joey and Riley. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Mr. Rogahn was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Nancy, and brother, Keith (Alice).

A funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton. Interment was at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.  Memorials to St. Paul Lutheran Church are appreciated.
Special thanks go to the staff of Columbia St. Maryís Ozaukee and Horizon Hospice for all their care.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory,  Cedarburg. For online condolences, please visit