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Obituary for Roger M. VanDyke

Roger M. VanDyke, 95, of La Crosse, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at Onalaska Care Center. He was born on January 11, 1922, the son of Cleve and Lillie (Marshall) VanDyke on a farm in the Town of Christiana, rural Vernon County). Roger attended country schools in Vernon and Monroe County and attended high school in Sparta. He lived on the farm with his parents, one brother, and three sisters. Roger also worked at several jobs in the Sparta area before the family decided to move to Illinois; and there he also worked at several jobs before entering the service. Roger was a veteran of the Army during World War Two; serving from 1942 until 1946; most of that time was served in the Pacific area. After returning home to Wisconsin, he worked for the La Crosse Footwear Company for 39 years, retiring in 1986. On September 27, 1952, Roger married Marie (Schroeder) Garves in Sparta and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002. Roger loved woodworking and crafts; there wasn't anything he couldn't fix. Spending time with family and friends was very special to him. Survivors include his sister, Arvilla Crocker; granddaughter, Lisa (Scott) Neumeister; great-grandchildren, Danielle, Paige, and Dylan; great-grandsons, Mason and Beckham; sister, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marie; step-son, Gordon Garves; brother, Eldon (Janice)VanDyke; two sisters, Kathleen (Russell) Guy and Marlene (Donald) Mantzke; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Crocker. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Bangor Chapel, 102 Hattan St, Bangor. Pastor Jonathan Schmidt will officiate. Burial will follow in Burns Cemetery with military honors to be rendered by the Anderson-Good American Legion Post 40 of Bangor. A visitaiton will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at The family would like to say a special thank you to Joan Seymour for your wonderful visitis. They would also like to thank the nurses of the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program for their care and compassion as well as the staff of Shelby Terrace, Onalaska Care Center, and great-granddaughter, Paige Neumeister for the special care given to Roger.