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Roger L. Rossen

April 30, 1961 ~ January 3, 2021 (age 59)


Roger L. Rossen, 59, of Eagle, WI passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home.

Roger was born on April 30, 1961 in Park Ridge, IL the son of Robert and Ethelyn (Heitman) Rossen. Roger graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked as an engineer for a few different companies, one of which was Siemens Automation Company. While Roger was very bright and skilled in his work as an engineer, his true passion and talent was as a musician. Roger was a gifted keyboard player and toured with a few bands, including The Dave Mason Band and Don’t Ask. He was fantastic on stage and thrived in the spotlight and was happiest when making music and entertaining. Roger had a friendly, outgoing and big personality. You always knew where he was in the room. For leisure, he enjoyed painting, drawing and tinkering. He made many miniature models and he also enjoyed watch making. Roger was also blessed with a loving daughter, Rebecca and he cared for her deeply.

He is survived by: his dear daughter, Rebecca Rossen of Elkhorn, WI; the love of his life, Deb Bodnar-Crane; his siblings, Betsy (Bob Burgwald) Elliot of IL, Kathleen Hanna of Whitewater, WI, Jeanne (Alex) Sass of NJ, and John (Carla) Poorman of Chicago, IL; nieces and nephews, Dana Elliot, Maranda Dimarzio, Aubrey Hanna, Aaron Poorman, Zach Poorman, Hannah Poorman, Ric Sass, and Michael Sass.

He is preceded in death by: His Father, Robert Rossen and Mother, Ethelyn Rossen.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held after the Coronavirus pandemic.

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