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Rodger Eklund Sr.
A former prominent Peshtigo businessman, Rodger DeWayne Eklund Sr., 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, at Rennes Health Center-West, Peshtigo with his wife and four children at his side.
Born Jan. 21, 1924 to Mr. and Mrs. Leander (Elizabeth) Eklund, he married the former Marjorie Devroy on Sept. 28, 1946 at St. Marys Church in Peshtigo. The couple are both 1942 graduates of Peshtigo High School.
He was involved in many business ventures including owner and operator of the former Eklund Convalescent Home with his mother, Eklund Trucking and Eklund Insurance from where he retired. The insurance business is presently owned by his son, Rodger Jr.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operations and participated in the D-Day Operation on June 6, 1944 and Battle of the Bulge . He was a former third ward alderman for the city of Peshtigo, served on the Board of Directors of the former Peshtigo State Bank, was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Marinette Elks Club, Peshtigo Lions Club, Peshtigo Legion Post, American Veterans and Peshtigo Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was the youngest member on the Planning Committee for the construction of St. Marys Church and School in Peshtigo.
Through the years, he and his wife enjoyed spending many winters in Fort Meyers, Fla.
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie who is also a resident at Rennes Health Center-West; a son Rodger (Shirley) Eklund and three daughters, Judy (Richard) Michalski, Mary Kay (Tim) Duket and Susan (Keith) Felmer and a son-in-law, Randy Cohorst, all of Peshtigo. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Kimberly, Christopher, Erin, Renee, Gregory, Laura and Evan and four great-grandchildren, Cole, Lucas, John and Ethan.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Lynn Cohorst who died Oct. 27, 2010, a sister, Lorraine Skowlund and a brother, Andrew Eklund.
Viewing was held Friday, Dec. 27, from 1 p.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Marys Church in Peshtigo. Rev. Father Jack Harper officiated. Burial will be in the spring at Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo with military honors. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home of Peshtigo was in charge of arrangements.