My beloved Dave Rogge.....
I will miss him so much.. but as he always said, "I'm just resting", when he would relax at home and promptly fall asleep.
I believe that everyone that met Dave liked him. He had a kind and gentle soul; he was friendly and helpful, although, a quiet man. He was very forgiving, and he had a warmth and concern, and would help when he could. Add to that his great intelligence and curiosity, and there you have the most wonderful man in the world. He had beautiful blue eyes; I always said he had "wise blue eyes".
He was born September 16, 1943 to Emma and Herbert Rogge, and was also greeted by an older brother, Harvey.
Dave is from the Milwaukee area originally, and spent most of his life here. He went to Rufus King High School.
He joined the Air Force the early 60s, and started courses in the Medical Sciences, through the service, that would lead him into a career of Medical Technologist/Supervisor. He was actually stationed in Anchorage, Alaska when the big earthquake hit in 1964.
When he left the service, he married Katherine Polki, and they had two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Jill.
He was employed at Wisconsin Health Fund for over 40 years, working very hard, and barely missing a day of work. Work was extremely important to him, and he was all in.
After Dave's marriage ended, he met Doris Nerding the night after Thanksgiving in 1992 at Victor's Nightclub in Milwaukee, and they were together since that wonderful night.
After dating through that winter and spring, they moved in together July 1993 at Alpine Court Apartments in West Allis, not far from Doris' parents home, and promptly adopted two cats, Bob and Ed, the first of several kitties. Dave helped out a lot at Doris' parents, and they grew to love him as a future son-in-law. Dave and Doris traveled out West in '93, and found that they were good traveling partners, and Dave was able to use his skill in photography to maximum capacity. Many trips followed to the West, and down to Mexico.
After Doris' parents passed away, Dave and Doris got married on the island of Antigua, in the Caribbean, on Dec. 11, 2003.
Dave's loved working on his computer. He was self-taught, and started a web page early on, showcasing their photos, and other tidbits of knowledge. He had a way with words when he wrote.
Dave and Doris had the good fortune to be able to travel the world, to the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and then Dubai and Turkey. Dave was thrilled to travel to Hong Kong and Thailand, and a few years later, to Singapore and Malaysia - some of his favorite places, along with St. Barts and Tortola in the Caribbean.
He loved that which would take him to the heights, from hot-air balloons to helicopters, with quite a few cable car rides, small planes and ferris wheels, in between.
Just an aside, he had a great fondness for Orange Koolaid, but on vacation and going out to eat, it would often be a Tequila Sunrise that quenched his thirst, or some other drink that incorporated orange. He, also, just loved buffets, and especially loved fish and Baker's Square pie.
He had already had a bout with cancer before, around 2001, but was able to battle through it, as he kept working.
Unfortunately, a different cancer made its appearance in 2016, and he seemed to weather the treatments as well as can be, even taking a vacation to the Virgin Islands late 2016. There were more treatments that followed, and things seemed relatively stable for awhile. Last year, though, with a new treatment, some previous heart issues appeared, and even though he continued to work, his prognosis seemed worse than originally hoped. He rarely complained, though...
I will miss him forever..... I will always love him.....