Roger William LeGrand Jr.
1946 - 2021
BORN
1946
DIED
2021

Roger William LeGrand Jr.

Roger William LeGrand Jr., 75, of La Crosse passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Gundersen Health System. He was born in Milwaukee, Jan. 16, 1946, to Roger William LeGrand Sr. and Ruth Harrington LeGrand.

Roger lived a life of service to others. This started with his time studying to be a Catholic priest in the Servite Order and at Our Lady of Benburb Priory, in Northern Ireland. After graduating from St. Louis University, he continued to serve as a VISTA volunteer, working with migrant workers in central Florida, where he met his wife of 50 years, Sondra LeGrand, who was also a VISTA volunteer. In 1969, Roger joined the Peace Corps, training English teachers in remote south, India. In 1970, Sondra joined Roger in India, to marry him amongst their Indian and Peace Corps community.

Roger continued the theme of service in his professional life. After the Peace Corps, he attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was president of the Student Bar Association and received the Salmon Dahlberg Award, as the outstanding graduate of the class of 1975. After graduating from law school, he began a general law practice in La Crosse. He also taught business law at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Western Wisconsin Technical College. From 1979 to 1983, he served on the La Crosse City Council. In 1983 and 1984, he was District Attorney of La Crosse County. In this role he established the first victim-witness program and founded the La Crosse Domestic Violence Task Force. He also served on the La Crosse school board from 1987-1992 and 1995-1998.

From 1992-2006, Roger served as the Family Court Commissioner, and in 2006, Governor Doyle appointed him Circuit Court Judge. While on the bench, Roger established the Law Information Center at the courthouse and was cited for judicial outreach and education programs. After the bench, he was appointed to the State of Wisconsin Tax Commission.

In retirement, Roger stayed active in the La Crosse community, serving on many boards including, the La Crosse Community Foundation, the La Crosse Public School Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation, and the Rotary Club of La Crosse. Roger and Sondra also continued their lifetime relationship with India, through two global grant projects around Tirunelveli and multiple Rotary friendship exchanges.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sondra; and daughters, Julia LeGrand (Jim Tharp) and Erica LeGrand (Nick Wilson); and grandchildren, Luca and Aria Tharp. He is further survived by his siblings, Kathy LeGrand (Morrie Heider), Mark (Nancy) LeGrand, Stephen LeGrand (Sharon Ott), Monica (Dan) Trudell, and Barbara Miner (Bob Peterson); as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, David LeGrand.

Roger lived a life of adventure, traveling to many international destinations and relishing a good road trip. He made many friends all over the world and the country, always seeing the best in people. He lived life by this motto: to live, to love, to learn, to celebrate, to savor and be grateful for every moment.

The LeGrand family extends their gratitude to the staff of Gundersen Health System, their friends and family, and to the greater community of La Crosse, who supported Roger throughout his life and career.

A ceremony of love will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Roncalli Newman Center, 1732 State St., La Crosse. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, at the Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska, and again from 10 a.m. until time of ceremony Saturday at the church.

A live stream link of the ceremony can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U6c25k7dmI.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the La Crosse Community Foundation, (https://www.laxcommfoundation.com/donate); or the Rotary Club of La Crosse, (https://www.rotarycluboflacrosse.org/). Online condolences may be given to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com.


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Published by La Crosse Tribune on Feb. 11, 2021.
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4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes
1425 Jackson St, La Crosse, WI 54601
Feb
13
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Roncalli Newman Center
1732 State St, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Feb
13
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11:00a.m.
Roncalli Newman Center
1732 State St, La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Sondra, I was sorry to hear about Roger. We moved to PA to be near our daughter in 2015. I was told about Roger by Gary Morgan who had heard from Mike Guimon. Roger was a great guy. Our sympathy to you.
Rich Maresh
February 18, 2021
Dear Sondra and family: I was saddened when I heard the news. It seems as if we were all new to La Crosse in 1975, and Sue and I felt privileged to know you. I will miss Roger's stories, his humor and his deep sense of justice. He was a special person whom I will never forget.
Dick Mial
February 16, 2021
To Sondra and the Le Grand Family, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time. Roger lived a life of serving others. He will be missed. Art and Pat Soell
Art and Patricia Soell
February 15, 2021
Sondra and girls, of course we were stunned and devastated by Roger´s passing. We watched the service on YouTube and it was wonderful and comforting. One thing I (Terry) remember about Roger is when he introduced you somebody you always felt good because he would give you the most positive introduction he could. Thus, I was always looking for opportunities for him to introduce me to somebody. Something I will always remember is how he took an interest in and became The Godfather for Erica´s posse. He never failed to ask me about our Julie. It was one of the wonderful things that came so naturally in LaCrosse. It takes a village.... our deepest sympathies on the passing of a wonderful, honorable, responsible and hilarious man.
Terry and Karolyn Collins
February 15, 2021
I remember as a teenager going door to door handing out vote for LeGrand flyers. I had no idea what a good. Community leader and servant I was supporting. He will be missed.
Tammy
February 14, 2021
Sondra, please except our great empathy in the loss of Roger. He gave so much to this community. Hope to see you this summer! Carmen
Carmen De Yoe
February 14, 2021
To: Sondra, Julia, Erica I can't imagine the pain you are all feeling at this sad time. I will miss Roger very much. He was exactly 2 months younger than me. I will miss the laughter the political discussions and much more. Roger and I go back quite a long time. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could have attended the services, but I haven't gotten my first shot yet and I have been house bound since the last uptick in the virus.
Beverly Fleishman
February 14, 2021
Our sympathy to you Sondra and family. Roger was such a positive force in our community and internationally. He will be missed.
Kathy & John Storlie
February 14, 2021
I watched Roger´s service with great sadness. Although I didn´t see him very often, he always had that smile. He and I shared some great conversations about faith, Church, and God which I treasure. My God help you through this awesome loss, Sondra and family.
Dee Paque
February 13, 2021
I first met Roger in 1970 in the South Indian town of Trichi. Ah, it's a Peace Corps story, you might have guessed. Roger was helping to train the volunteers of India 101 in English language teaching methods having had the benefit of experience at his ( and Sondra's) site in Musiri. Little did I know then that there were to be 50 more years of knowing and appreciating Roger Le Grand--in Madison, in La Crosse, in our home in Lakeway, Texas and in numerous other places,. On behalf of all the India 101 volunteers (if I can be allowed to speak for them) we will miss you Roger and will be forever grateful for you. Helen Kott
Helen Kott
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February 13, 2021
May your sad heart be filled with happy memories. So very sorry.
Mary Puza
February 13, 2021
Dear Sondra and family, Please accept our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. A recent memory was when you were taking a lunch break at the Golden Egg Roll as your move to Eagle Crest was underway. There was a bit of weariness detected but also your excitement and anticipation of this new chapter of La Crosse living. Two Rogers shared decades of occasionally being confused with one another. Rest assured Professor Grant always quickly made the correction before the political or legal question was too far advanced. Please let us know if we can help in any way - perhaps with scanning favorite family photographs for sharing. With sympathy, Roger and Charlotte Grant
Roger and Charlotte Grant
February 12, 2021
Our most sincere sympathy to Sondra and the Le Grand family. The community will miss his Joy for Life. He made a positive impact for many families; he will truly be missed.
Bonnie and Bill Sacia
February 12, 2021
Roger's dedication, hardwork gave so many people opportunity and hope-throughout the world. It is his example of caring, sharing, teaching that inspires us, and makes us so greatful for the life of service we so much admire. Roger truly lived a life of worth. It was my honor to know him.
Marty Schreiber
February 12, 2021
Our time on the School Board and our kids in Central. My prayers are,with you and the girls. I have to do a veterans funeral at the same time on Saturday. My prayers are with you. John
John Parkyn
February 11, 2021
At the Tax Appeals Commission, Roger was known for his graciousness and friendliness to all parties and attorneys before him. We at the Department of Revenue Office of General Counsel will miss him.
Dana Erlandsen
February 11, 2021
As a fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Roger and I had lots of stories to share. He was a wonderful person, good friend, and did so much for so many! I will miss him!
Gerry Cox
February 11, 2021
Thank you Roger, for being a kind and generous person. I will miss your big heart and awesome smile. You made a big difference here in La Crosse, especially in your dealings with families in stressful situations. You looked for the best in people.
Mary Jo and Shawn Werner
February 11, 2021
Congressman and Tawni Kind
February 11, 2021
To the family of Roger Legrand: We give you our sincerest condolances for your recent loss. Rick & Vicki Thiel
Rick and Vicki Thiel
February 11, 2021
I was fortunate to be a fellow parish member at Roncalli Newman with Roger and Sondra. Though we barely knew each other, only to smile and nod as we entered or exited church, it was his ever-present smile I will always remember. Such a good man! Blessings to him and to all those who love and will miss him.
Chrisanne M McGraw
February 11, 2021
My prayer and that of those of the Adoration Chapel are withyou and your family in this time of loss and sadness. May the fullnes of his life of service and love support you and give you peace. Peace.
Rita Heires
February 11, 2021
My sympathy to the LaGrand family...& friends with the loss of Roger. May God give peace in your heart and comfort with many fond memories. Special blessings to Sondra. Linda West
Linda West
February 11, 2021
Sondra and girls, Joe and I are soo SORRY for your loss. Our deepest sympathy are with you all!! Linda and Joe Brown
Linda A Brown
February 11, 2021
Roger! Was A Good Friend Of Mine Over The Yearly! He Was To Always There For Me! Roger Assisted Me In Many Ways Through Out His Career-Life! He Will Be Sadly Missed! This Is A Total Shock! His Entire Family Has My Deepest Sympathy!!!
Steven A. Bergsten
February 11, 2021
My sincere sympathy to the entire family of Roger. At my role as La Crosse county Building Director years ago I would visit with Roger many times for spiritual and moral advise and support. May God bless you Roger. The Pretasky family.
William Pretasky
February 11, 2021
Sondra, what a wonderful life of service the two of you have had together. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Connie Thompson
February 11, 2021