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Roger L. Trepanier

Roger L. Padactor Trepanier, 71, of Oconto, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3.

Born Nov. 6, 1942 in Oconto to, Galen A. and Arvilla M. (Delveaux) Trepanier, he graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1961 and was one of the top pole vaulters in the conference. He worked as a brick mason until enlisting in the United States Air Force serving from January 1962 until January 1966 as a fuel cell tech and shift leader on B-52 Bombers and KC-135 refueling tankers during the Vietnam War. After service, he worked at Fort Howard Paper as a Printer Machine Operator and part-time as a snowmobile mechanic for Brazeau’s Snojet-Yamaha.

He married Linda L. Punkin Johnson June 18, 1966 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Oconto. He had kidney failure in 1976 and continued dialysis until July 9, 1978 when he received a kidney transplant at UW-Madison Hospital, giving him a second chance at life.

A water safety instructor, he was a swimming and diving coach at Loring AFB, Maine, swimming instructor and certified lifeguard for the City of Oconto, he also coached Oconto Elks Jr. Bowling Leagues; was a certified snowmobile instructor; coached Little League Baseball, girls softball and boys basketball; assistant Oconto High School Girls Basketball coach for 14 years and videotaped Oconto Football and Volleyball games. He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing softball in the old timer’s league and wood crafting gifts for family and friends, including grandfather clocks. Other hobbies were genealogy, making winter hats for Santa for the children, puzzles, and photography. At Halloween, Cookie Monster and Elmo were frequently at his house.

His giving nature, earned him numerous recognitions, including Oconto Lodge Elk of the Year, Oconto High School Pebble Award, Oconto County Bowling Hall of Fame, Oconto High School Honorary Sports Letter Award, Oconto High School Student Council Scope Award and Green Bay Chapter National Kidney Foundation Volunteer of the Year. A member of American Legion Post 74 Jones, Modrow, Young Oconto since 1994, he held the offices of Commander, Athletic Officer, Sgt. at Arms and Assistant Sgt. at Arms where his duty was to set up military funerals for other comrades. He was also a life member of Chapter 45 Oconto County Disabled American Veterans since 1986.

Survivors include his wife, Punkin; four children, Melanie Trepanier (Tim Lindsay) and Heather (Dale) Thomson, all of Oconto; Waunell (Mike) Friese, Waupun and Benjamin (Lisa) Trepanier, Oshkosh. 13 grandchildren; a brother, Bruce (Anita) Trepanier, Oconto; a brother-in-law, Johnny (Sue) Johnson, Jr., Green Bay; numerous other family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents; aunts; uncles and many first cousins.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, with prayer services by Deacon Walter Kaszynski at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, Aug. 8, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Rev. Bob Karuhn will officiate with burial in Oconto Catholic Cemetery, with Military Rites by Oconto American Legion Post #74.




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