Roger E. Suhrke, age 74, of DePere, formerly of Sheboygan, died on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. He was born in Sheboygan on October 5, 1946, the son of the late Wilbert and Lillian Rosenthal Suhrke.
Roger attended local schools graduating from Plymouth High School and furthering his education at UW-Madison. Roger was a Communications Specialist in the US Air Force serving his country from 1964 to 1968. On November 26, 1983 he was united in marriage to Diane Heinzen at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Sheboygan.
Roger was employed at Lakeland Manufacturing, Nemshoff Chairs, Sky Track-Textron and retired from Manitowoc Crane as Plant Manager in January of 2011. He was member of the Sheboygan Yacht Club having served 2 years as Commodore. During his terms he was most proud of directing and overseeing the raising and capping of the main pier and renovating the SYC clubhouse. He was an avid competitive sailboat racer taking pride in his many achievements. He is most appreciated as a loving husband and devoted caregiver to Diane. After retirement he routinely utilized the Old Plank Road Trail and could often be spotted biking to Plymouth or Greenbush. Undeniably his biggest joy was spending time with his grandsons by playing hide and seek, accompanying them on their tricycle rides around the block and trips to the park. These and many other shared activities gave him purpose, fulfillment and happiness.
Survivors include his wife, Diane; a son, Craig (Heidi) Suhrke, of DePere; two grandchildren, Sebastian and Harrison; two sisters, Rue (Dick) Flowers, of PA and Sue (Keith) Potter, of Sheboygan; five sisters-in-law, Mary Heinzen, Joan Martin, Gail Kessler and Angie Hurley of TN and Suzanne Suhrke of LA, four brothers-in-law, David, Alan, James, and Brian Heinzen. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kenneth.
In accordance with the family’s wishes a private service will take place Saturday at the Sheboygan Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation or the Northside Christian Food Pantry of Sheboygan.
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you are comfortable where you are living now. I'm sure it's a comfort to be near Craig and his family. Sending my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Diane and family, So sorry for your loss. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tom Dillenburg Family.
We were surprised and saddened by the passing of Roger. We have great memories of spending time and conversation with him over many years. He was more than a great manager and mentor to Sue. He was also a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Diane and Craig and his friends and family.
Dear Diane and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and as you find your way through this incredible loss. May your faith in God and the love of your family help each day get just a little bit brighter. Roger was a wonderful person and his kindness and warmth will always be remembered. Peace and pray full wishes to you, Aunt Mona and Patti
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Diane, I am sorry for your loss.
Our Deepest Sympathy Diane for your loss. Prayers for you and your family at this difficult time.
Sympathies Sue and your family. May memories hug you in comfort.
I remember Roger from my time at UW- Sheboygan and UW- Madison my deepest sympathies at his passing.
Our deepest sympathy for your loss! May God grant you His special peace at this very difficult time!
To Suhrke family:
I am surprised and saddened to learn of Roger's passing. He came to Corabelle's (our mother's), funeral, looked well; the same outgoing Roger. I knew he was a competitive sailor. I didn't know he was also an avid biker. My sympathy. Bob
Diane, Craig and family...shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Roger's passing. So very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers that God gives you and your family strength to make it through this difficult time.
Diane, Julie and I are so very sorry about the passing of your wonderful husband Roger. We pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding given to you through the presence of our Savior Jesus Christ within you to give you comfort and strength. May your faith carry you through your sorrow and let you move forward with your life. May God Bless you Diane.
So sorry for your loss. Sue and Rick
Dear Suhrke family,
I am sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss.