Roger L. Trepanier
Roger L. "Padactor" Trepanier, 71, Oconto, passed away Sunday, 3 August 2014. Roger was born 6 November 1942, in Oconto to the late Galen A. and Arvilla M. (Delveaux) Trepanier.
Roger graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1961. Roger was one of the top pole vaulters in the conference. He worked as a brick mason until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force
serving from Jan. 1962 until Jan. 1966 as a fuel cell tech and shift leader on B-52 Bombers and KC-135 refueling tankers during the Vietnam War
. Roger married Linda L. "Punkin" Johnson, 18 June 1966 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Oconto. Roger suffered kidney failure in 1976 and continued dialysis until 9 July, 1978 and received a kidney transplant at University of Madison Hospital giving him a second chance at life. After his military service, Roger was employed at Fort Howard Paper as a Printer Machine Operator and worked part-time as a snowmobile mechanic for Brazeau's Snojet-Yamaha. Roger was a water safety instructor; swimming and diving coach at Loring AFB, Maine; swimming instructor and certified lifeguards for the City of Oconto; coached Oconto Elks Jr Bowling Leagues; was a certified snowmobile instructor; coached Little League Baseball, girls softball and boys basketball; assistant Oconto High School Girls Basketball coach for 14 years; videotaped Oconto High School Football and Volleyball games. Roger loved fishing, camping, and playing softball in the old timer's league. He was involved in wood crafting making many presents, including grandfather clocks, for his family and friends. Other hobbies were genealogy, making winter hats for Santa for the children, puzzles, and photography. At Halloween, Cookie Monster and Elmo were frequently at his house. Because of Roger's giving nature, he received numerous recognitions including Oconto Lodge Elk of the Year, Oconto High School Pebble Award, Oconto County Bowling Hall of Fame, Oconto High School Honorary Sports Letter Award, Oconto High School Student Council Scope Award, and Green Bay Chapter National Kidney Foundation Volunteer of the Year. Roger was a member of American Legion Post 74 Jones, Modrow, Young Oconto since 1994 where he held the offices of Commander, Athletic Officer, Sgt at Arms and Assistant Sgt at Arms where his duty was to set up military funerals for other comrades who finished their tour here on Earth. He was also a life member of Chapter 45 Oconto County Disabled American Veterans since 1986.
Survivors include his wife Punkin, Oconto. His 4 children: Melanie Trepanier (Tim Lindsay), Oconto; Heather (Dale) Thomson, Oconto; Waunell (Mike) Friese, Waupun, Benjamin (Lisa) Trepanier, Oshkosh. 13 Grandchildren: Brandon and Kelsey Bodart, Taylor, Hunter, and Marly Thomson, Madyson, Mayson, Adrian, and Fulton Friese, Kenzie Trepanier Heindl, Cole, Bryce, and Maia Butzlaff. A brother, Bruce (Anita) Trepanier, Oconto, brother-in-law, Johnny (Sue) Johnson, Jr, Green Bay, and his loyal dog Daizie, and the namesake Roger the cat, along with numerous other family and friends. Preceding him in death were grandparents, aunts, uncles and many first cousins.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 to 9 PM Thursday, August 7, 2014 with prayer services by Deacon Walter Kaszynski at 7:30 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday, August 8, from 10 to 11 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM Friday at the church with the Rev. Bob Karuhn officiating. Burial will be at the Oconto Catholic Cemetery with Military Rites by Oconto American Legion Post #74. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net
Roger wanted to thank the parents that were so kind to donate their son's kidney to extend his and his family's life together. The family would like to thank the 6th floor critical care team at St. Vincent Hospital.