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Roger Mogan

January 7, 1930 ~ July 31, 2018 (age 88)

Roger J. Mogan, 88, Green Bay, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. He was born at home in Channing, Michigan, to the late Al and Amy (Schaut) Mogan on January 7, 1930. He married Shirley Marie Giese, daughter of the late Milton and Margaret (Roskom) Giese on June 14, 1952 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Suamico.

Roger spent his entire working life as a railroad employee. Starting in high school, he worked summers as a railroad track laborer, then worked in the depot in Channing, Michigan, learning Morse Code so he could qualify as a railroad telegrapher. At the age of 18 he moved to Green Bay to work as a side wire operator in the dispatcher’s office.  He was promoted to train dispatcher at age 19 which was unusually young for that position. His work as a dispatcher included assignments in Wisconsin at Green Bay, Wausau, Milwaukee and in Iowa at Marion. He took a chance at age 36 and left his seniority behind to accept a position with the former Green Bay and Western railroad as a train dispatcher. Three months later he was promoted to Trainmaster and shortly after promoted to Assistant Supervisor in charge of operations in Wisconsin Rapids. After spending five years in Wisconsin Rapids, he returned to Green Bay in an educational role where he was in charge of rules and safety for the company.  He also was co-chair of Wisconsin Operation Lifesaver, a program designed to make the public aware of the danger of vehicle and pedestrian traffic at railroad crossings. He received a commendation from the governor of Wisconsin for his service on the committee.  The railroad was his lifelong passion, having worked 23 years on the former Milwaukee Road and 20 years with Green Bay and Western. He retired on December 1, 1989.

His hobbies included baking pies and pasties and cheering on the Packers.

Roger is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Marc (Sue Lang) Mogan; grandchildren, Melissa (Kyle Vining, DDS) Vining and Kyle (Micky Marroquin) Mogan; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to this parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Emmit.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 9th Street, from 9:00 am until the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am. Rev. Patrick Beno will be officiating. Expressions of sympathy, photos and memories may be expressed with Roger’s family on his tribute page at www.lyndahl.com. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.

 

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