Roger J. Goenner
1924 - 2011
Mount Pleasant, MI
Roger J.
Oct. 18, 1924 - July 7, 2011

Roger Goenner, 86, of Mt. Pleasant, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Highview Hills in Lakeville, Minnesota.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Loren Kalinowski presiding. His ashes will be interred immediately following in Calvary Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. with the Vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continues at the church on Wednesday one hour prior to the Mass.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Roger and Alice Goenner Scholarship Fund or Sacred Heart Academy Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or church.
Roger was born Oct. 18, 1924, in St. Cloud, MN, the son of the late Norbert and Florence (Eckstein) Goenner. After graduating from Clear Lake High School in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a combat engineer during World War II from 1943-1946.
He married Alice Johnson on Nov. 27, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waite Park, MN, the same year he received his bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State. He continued his studies and obtained a master's degree from Northern Colorado University in 1951, and doctorate from the University of Wyoming in 1958. That year he and his family moved to Mt. Pleasant where he worked at Central Michigan University as a professor in school administration until his retirement in 1988.
He was elected to the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1990, and was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Rotary (where he had perfect attendance), Phi Delta Kappa, Boy Scouts, AASA (American Association of School Administrators) NOLPE (National Organization of Legal Problems in Education) and the NEA (National Education Association). He enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states, hunting, fishing, gardening and golfing. But of all of his accomplishments, his family was his finest.
Roger is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Alice Goenner; five children, Marilyn (Willie) Hicks of Mesquite, TX, Roger K. (Lehua) Goenner of Billings, Mont., Carol (Michael) Gerbensky of Apple Valley, MN; Patricia (Dave) Bednarz of Huntertown, Ind., and James (Theresa) Goenner of Mt. Pleasant; son-in-law, Don Miller of Burlington, Wyo.; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathryn Miller in 2001.
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Published by The Morning Sun from Jul. 8 to Jul. 9, 2011.
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I will miss Roger as a fellow Rotarian. Loved him, loved his smile, loved his contribution to the club. Kathy Beebe.
Kathy Beebe
July 16, 2011
Our Deepest sympathy to the family. Cannot be there (In Wa. state vacationing) Bill & Kathleen Mahaffey.
July 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers our with you all.
Dan and Valerie Maloney
July 13, 2011
Alice and family,

I foundly remember our summer trips to Michigan, riding horses, ringing the dinner bell, helping Carol and Patty annoy their brothers. Later in life I always loved to hear of Alice and Rogers travels. I'll always remember Roger for his smile, his interesting conversation, and the love that was so evident for his family. My thoughts are with you.
Pat O'Brien
July 13, 2011
Cousin Roger was my childhood hero. He was a bass fisherman, duck hunter, dog (Rowdy) trainer and baseball player (first base for he was a lefty). He was a soldier who crossed the Rhine at Remagen. He was a precocious student (he entered college at 16) and the first of the family with a doctorate degree. He took time out from his dissertation writing (school finance) to lead a hike up a Colorado mountain. He was geneous, enthusiastic and always smiling.
John (Jock) McAndrews
July 12, 2011
As a former student of Roger Goenner I am now retired and living in
Punta Gorda, FL. Roger was a lifelong mentor of mine and I enjoyed many contacts and conversations with him throughout almost five decades. He was very insturmental in getting me to join the ranks of Michigan School School Administrators and aided me in enjoying a wonderful fulfilling professional life after granduating from CMU. Jim, he was so proud of you and your role in the founding of the Charter School movement both within MI and the US. His integrity was beyond reproach! This world will miss him.

Doug Sasse
Douglas Sasse
July 11, 2011
Aunt Alice and family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Roger was always so much fun and my mom and dad, Grace and Jim, loved visiting with you guys probably more than any of our other relatives. I know they loved all the political discussions and the family banter that mom and Alice so enjoyed. What a wonderful life you all had together, even though the hard times. What wonderful role models you were for a solid, loving marriage. God bless you all at this difficult time. Karen Latimer Person
karen latimer
July 11, 2011
Dr. G was one of my favorite profs in grad school.....loved hearing his stories about the outdoors and getting his take on CMU basketball. I'll miss seeing him at the games.
Bob Ribble
July 10, 2011
Jim and Family,

We are so sorry for the loss of your Father. He was such a great role model and he obviously loved his family so very much. Our thoughts and prayer are with you all.

-The Maloney Family
Valerie Ann Maloney
July 9, 2011
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lori Fussman Purtill
July 9, 2011

Words can’t express the sadness I felt for you and your family,
when I saw that your dad passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kay Hauck- Steinkamp
July 9, 2011
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