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Diedrich, Roger L.

Roger L. Diedrich, 52, of Green Bay, passed away on Tuesday, December 31 due to complications from a bone marrow transplant and leukemia.

Roger was born on April 1, 1961 in Manitowoc, WI to Raymond and Genevieve (Benishek) Diedrich. He graduated from Valders High School in 1979 and UW-Madison in 1983. Roger began his career as a mechanical engineer at Sargent & Lundy in Chicago, IL. In 1988, Roger moved to Appleton, WI and started working for Metso where he remained working until his illness.

Roger was a very devoted and caring husband, father and stepfather. Family gatherings and cheering his children and stepchildren on at their many activities brought him great joy. He was immensely proud of everything they did. Family traditions were also important to Roger. Cutting down the Christmas tree, vacationing in Door County, watching Packer games and going to Wisconsin Dells were a few of his favorite family activities.

Roger is survived by his loving wife of eight years, Kim; daughters, Kristen Diedrich, Nashua, NH; Carly Diedrich, Appleton; stepson and stepdaughter, Lance Kaster and Mallory Kaster, both of Green Bay; mother, Genevieve "Jean," Valders; brothers, Richard (Kathy) Diedrich, Rochester, MN; Ronald (Paula) Diedrich, Shorewood, MN; Randy (Megan) Diedrich, Valrico, FL; sister, Ann (Scott) MacMillan, Beloit, WI; mother-in-law, Margaret Swanson, DeKalb, IL; brother-in-law, Steve (Joanne) Swanson, Laguna Niguel, CA; nieces and nephews, Michael (Danielle), Alex, Amanda, Nathan, Lauren Diedrich, Jeremy and Jamie MacMillan, and Jordan Spriggs; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Ray.

Visitation will be held at St. Mary of the Angels, 645 S. Irwin Ave., on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass 11:00 a.m. Friday at the church Rev. Patrick Gawrylewski, OFM officiating. Burial will take place in the Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial funds have been established in Roger's name with "Be The Match" Bone Marrow Registry and the .

Roger's family would like to thank Dr. Mark Juckett and the UW-Madison Carbone Cancer Center, Roger's anonymous stem cell transplant donor, the Appleton Medical Center and Theda Care Hospice.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 2, 2014
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