Andrew L. Rogers, 88, of Menomonie died Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Neighbors of Dunn County Care Center in Menomonie.
Andy was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Menomonie. He was the son of LeRoy and Margaret (Simmon) Rogers. Andy grew up in the Menomonie area and went to work on a farm at young age. In 1953 Andy joined the U.S. Army and served in England before being Honorably Discharged. Andy married Nancy Ann Lassard on July 16, 1960, at St. James Catholic Church in Eau Claire and together they had four children. After marriage Andy and Nancy lived in Menomonie where Andy drove milk truck and school bus. In 1962 they bought the family farm in the Weston Township. Later they moved to a farm in the town of Menomonie, where Andy continued farming until retiring. In retirement, Andy enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Andy lost his wife, Nancy, in 1976 after a long hard battle with cancer and became an only parent of four young free spirited children. However, he showed what a great man he was by not just raising four children but by modeling a superior work ethic, family values and morals through patience, unspoken authority and love. He allowed each kid to grow and think independently. As his children, we always knew what we should do and what was the right choice, we also knew he would always be there to lift us up even when we made poor choices. Andy made raising his children a priority over building a new life for himself. The sacrifice he made for his kids shows his dedication and love of family.
Andy is survived by his children, Duane (Arla) of Hastings, Minn., Mike (Teresa) of Menomonie, Kathy (Kevin) Johnson of Burnsville, Minn., and Steve (Missy) of Amery; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, seven siblings, Ralph (Bev), Buck (Sally), Viola Traxler, Edith (Dallas) Pankowski, Loren (Connie), Karen Kundy and Chuck (Colleen); nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nancy; one granddaughter, Abbe Fritz; one sister, Jan Frieberg; and one brother, Stanley, in infancy.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with the Rev. James Kurzynski officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.