Roger E. Crass, 78
July 14, 1937 — Feb. 5, 2016

Roger E. Crass, 78 Roger E. Crass of West Bend died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 78. He was born July 14, 1937, in Tomahawk to the late Louis and Gertrude (nee Splettozer).

On Nov. 29, 1959, he was united in marriage to Margaret “Marge” Beutner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tomahawk.

Together, they made their home in Tomahawk, and since 1976 they called West Bend home.

For many years he worked as a comptroller in the automotive industry. In 2002, he retired from Crest Cadillac after more than 25 years of dedicated employment.

Roger was an avid fan of Wisconsin sports teams. He spent his free time at Silver Lake near Tomahawk, where he enjoyed fishing and camping with his family. He also loved music and passed on his talents to his children and grandchildren.

His survivors include his wife, Marge; five children, Mark (Linda) of Fredonia, Michael (Pam) of Tomahawk, Kelly (Jeremy) Risch of Belgium, Shannon of West Bend and Colleen (Curt) Sommer of Blue Eye, Missouri; 10 grandchildren, Ryan (Stephanie Johnson) and Megan, Keith and Kayla, Jesse (Kayleigh Dlapa) Filo, Joshua (Allyson) Filo, Autumn Risch and Mitchell, Samantha and Jacob Sommer; one brother, James (Lorraine) of Tomahawk; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Beverly Crass of Wausau, George (Donna) Beutner of California, Bernie Beutner of Milwaukee, Jeannie (Ron) Crass of Tomahawk and Joe Beutner of Tomahawk; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Jerome Repenshek presiding. The family will greet relatives and friends from 2-3:45 p.m. Friday at the church.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at