Roger E. Suhrke
1946 - 2020
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Roger E. Suhrke

DePere - Roger E. Suhrke, age 74, of DePere, formerly of Sheboygan, died on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. He was born in Sheboygan on October 5, 1946, the son of the late Wilbert and Lillian Rosenthal Suhrke.

Roger attended local schools graduating from Plymouth High School and furthering his education at UW-Madison. Roger was a Communications Specialist in the US Air Force serving his country from 1964 to 1968. On November 26, 1983 he was united in marriage to Diane Heinzen at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Sheboygan.

Roger was employed at Lakeland Manufacturing, Nemshoff Chairs, Sky Track-Textron and retired from Manitowoc Crane as Plant Manager in January of 2011. He was member of the Sheboygan Yacht Club having served 2 years as Commodore. During his terms he was most proud of directing and overseeing the raising and capping of the main pier and renovating the SYC clubhouse. He was an avid competitive sailboat racer taking pride in his many achievements. He is most appreciated as a loving husband and devoted caregiver to Diane. After retirement he routinely utilized the Old Plank Road Trail and could often be spotted biking to Plymouth or Greenbush. Undeniably his biggest joy was spending time with his grandsons by playing hide and seek, accompanying them on their tricycle rides around the block and trips to the park. These and many other shared activities gave him purpose, fulfillment and happiness.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; a son, Craig (Heidi) Suhrke, of DePere; two grandchildren, Sebastian and Harrison; two sisters, Rue (Dick) Flowers, of PA and Sue (Keith) Potter, of Sheboygan; five sisters-in-law, Mary Heinzen, Joan Martin, Gail Kessler and Angie Hurley of TN and Suzanne Suhrke of LA, four brothers-in-law, David, Alan, James, and Brian Heinzen. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kenneth.

In accordance with the family's wishes a private service will take place Saturday at the Sheboygan Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation or the Northside Christian Food Pantry of Sheboygan.

The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
Diane, we're so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. We're grateful you stopped in to visit, we should have done that more. Take care and you and your family have our deepest sympathies.
Jeff and Denise Fritz
November 22, 2020
We extend our sympathy at the passing of our cousin Roger. May God surround you with comfort and strength. We pray that God will bless you in the times ahead. Love, Ron and Mary Ann (Bassuener) Krohse
Ron Krohse
November 22, 2020
Dear friends, We extend our sympathy at the loss of our cousin Roger. May God surround you with comfort and strength. We pray that He will bless you, Love, Ron and Mary Ann (Bassuener) Krohse
Ron Krohse
November 21, 2020
Diane, Craig, and the Suhrke family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Captain Roger and the Windrose; my husband Bill was a crew member on some of his races. I believe one year, Windrose won the "Queens Cup" in their category. It was a fun time at SYC. I think of Roger and what the Club members accomplished when they capped the Main Pier; it still serves the Club well with the high water. Roger was a good friend and he will be missed.
Barb Parnitzke
November 21, 2020
Roger was a consummate gentleman. Also, as commodore he was a wonderful servant-leader. My deepest prayers and sympathies go out to his family. Dr. Jack Westfall
Dr. Jack Westfall
November 20, 2020
Roger was modest , humorous , a pleasure to be around.
He was an even handed and competent skipper.
Fond memories of Roger Suhrke will stay with me the rest of my days.
Charles J Koehler
November 19, 2020
We were so sorry to learn of Rogers passing. We remember Roger as a fun loving, friendly, blond young man who was always thoughtful and kind. You have our deepest sympathy.
Kim Steffen
November 19, 2020
Our deepest sympathy Diane. Prayers for you and family at this difficult time.
Arthur & Christine Wagner
November 19, 2020
My deepest sympathy. So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Roger. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Cherish the memories, as they will help guide you through this difficult time.
Mary (Sue) Garbe
Mary S Garbe
November 19, 2020
Diane, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Marjorie Klunck
November 18, 2020
Diane, So sorry to hear about Roger’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jamie Rische
November 18, 2020
Diane, words can't express how deeply sorry I am for your loss. May the Lord guide and be with your family and you.
Vi and Warren Millet
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