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Roger E. Nelson

Roger E. Nelson

October 5, 2019

Roger Nelson, 74, of Eau Claire, WI, went to his heavenly home on October 5, 2019.  Born September 7, 1945, he was the third of four children of Lawrence and Myrl (Donaldson) Nelson, and was raised on the family farm in Ogema, WI.    He graduated from Prentice High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, at Stevens Point. 

Roger taught in the Prentice and Marathon School Districts before working for American Asphalt of Wisconsin and then Central Wisconsin Engineers.  For the past twenty-two years, until the time of his death, Roger was a Business Development Specialist for Ayres Associates, in Eau Claire, WI.  With his outgoing personality, interest in people, and compassion, he developed strong relationships as he worked throughout the state. 

Roger had a passion for cooking and enjoyed fishing, electronics, and quieter moments spent with a classic western movie.   His greatest joy was found in giving to others.

Roger is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (Charles) Gorton, a grandson, Jacob Gorton, siblings Jan Kocha (Andy) Anderson, Larry “Alden” (Helen) Nelson, and Joy (Chris) Nelson-Jeffers, along with many nieces and nephews.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held at Highland Community Church (1005 No. 28th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401) on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., with visitation from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.  Dr Jeffrey Hinds, will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, Roger’s family requests that contributions be made to Samaritan’s Purse or a local food pantry in his name.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services - Celebration of Life Center is serving the family.


2-3 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Highland Community Church, 1005 No. 28th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401.


3 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Highland Community Church, 1005 No. 28th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401.

Florist Information

All flowers should be delivered to the church by 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27


  • Carl & Jean Kubley Roger became a great friend - a great guy.
    Loved meeting up with him at the highway conferences and here at home. We are missing him already. ????

    October 25 at 8:15pm

  • John Bonneprise Roger was truly a man that spoke from heart. He will be greatly missed. Johnny B

    October 23 at 6:12pm

  • Gail Frie It was an honor to be Roger's friend. He always had a way to make his friends feel special. Sometimes with a little gift or just a smile and a hug. I am a better man for being Roger's friend and do miss him a lot.

    October 23 at 11:41am

  • Greg My best friend whom I taught to rig up and catch his first Walleye in Canada. Spent several years houseboat fishing with him George & my son Greg. God bless you my brother !!

    October 22 at 11:14AM

  • Gary Gedart Roger was truly a great man and when I heard the news it hit me hard. When my son passed away Roger called me up and asked if he could say a prayer over the phone for me and my family. I will never forget his kindness. Rest in peace my friend.

    October 16 at 10:17AM

  • Rollie Thums Roger and I go back to High School. He at Prentice and Me at Rib Lake. We had many (good nature d) confrontations during are High School years. Lost track of each other until I went to a Highway Conference eight years ago.We have resumed our friendship.We have had many (Mature) conversations since.I will miss him, He was a great Friend.

    October 13 at 7:03AM

  • Bob Bullock Roger was a great friend and my best man at our wedding 20 years ago in December. He always treated us with love and caring. He loved my wife’s squash soup. We will miss him. Bob And Karen

    October 12 at 7:38PM

  • Tom Boguszewski Roger, you will be deeply and sadly missed. The notice of your passing was a punch in the gut and that will be difficult to recover from. You knew and I know that our Savior will have the final say, but if there is not room there for someone of your caliber, I have little home for the rest of us. You are one of the finest gentleman that I have had the pleasure of knowing.

    October 11 at 6:52PM

  • Jon Johnson Roger was so caring and fun to be around. A man of God who loved to share cup of coffee and talk about life. We'll all miss you so much. I find peace in knowing that our dear friend is in heaven.

    October 10 at 8:44PM

  • Emmer W. Shields Jr. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss Brother Roger very much. He was such a gentle, kind person and a good friend. I have no doubt that Roger is in our Savior's presence. I hope to see him again someday.

    October 10 at 1:44PM

  • Nick Scholtes An extremely kind and caring individual who will be sadly missed. My condolences to the family.

    October 10 at 11:00AM

  • Mike Hoefs Roger made a lasting impression on me with his kindness, compassion, and devotion to helping others. Whenever I would see him he would always first ask, by name, how my wife and kids were doing. His purpose in life was very clear and he carried out that purpose so gracefully every single day.

    October 10 at 10:52AM

  • Ron Chamberlain Roger was a true friend and gentleman. He always had a good word for everyone, and in todays' world that is a rare quality indeed. I enjoyed our conversation and appreciated his perspectives and will deeply miss both. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of grief.

    October 10 at 7:55AM

  • Emil 'Moe' Norby Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rogers family. He was a true friend to me and a great man with a sweet soul. He will be missed!
    God bless,
    Moe Norby

    October 8 at 4:34PM

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