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Roger H. Klukas

Roger H. Klukas

Roger H. Klukas age 87 of Menomonie, died Sunday June 7, 2020 at Colfax Health and Rehab in Colfax with his daughter by his side.

Roger was born August 27, 1932 in Colfax.  He was the son of Herman and Hazel (Longdo) Klukas.  Roger grew up in Colfax, graduating from Colfax High School 1950.  After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years during the Korean War.  After the service, he returned to Colfax and worked at the creamery.  Roger married Mary Thorson May 13, 1961 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie.  After marriage they made their home in Colfax, until 1992 when they moved to Menomonie.  Roger worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the maintenance department.  Roger retired after more than 25 years of service. 

Roger enjoyed doing woodworking, fishing, landscaping his yard, gardening, going to ball games, going for car rides in the countryside.  He also liked to share stories from his life to those that would listen.

Roger is survived by his daughter Gina Klukas of Menomonie; three sisters, Jane (John) Kragness of Colfax, Mary Lee Klukas of Spencer, IA, Sharon Jefferies of Palm Desert, CA, several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary in 2017, two sisters, Susan Nelson and Barbara Peterson and one brother, Robert.

Gina would like to express a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of the staff at Colfax Health & Rehab and Mayo Home Health & Hospice for the wonderful care given to Roger and Gina.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the family will have a Graveside Service at 1:00 PM Friday June 12, 2020 at St. Joseph Cemetery in Menomonie with Rev. John Mano officiating and Military Honors by the Menomonie Veterans Honor Guard.

A Celebration of Life and Funeral Mass will be held at a later date.


  1. Bill Siedlecki

    i had the pleasure and honor of working with Roger for many many years at Stout. He was knowledgeable, always ready to help and a very honest person. He was a good man and I am sorry to see his passing.fojo

  2. Kristie

    So sorry to hear this Gina! I always loved chatting with your Dad when I worked with him in Price Commons. Loved his little smile and little laugh. Such a nice man. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  3. Mary Krueger

    Sending you warm hugs today as you honor your dad’s beautiful life.
    Love and hugs,

  4. Sending our condolences and prayers to
    Gina and all of Rogers beloved family. From Don & Kathleen Scharlau

  5. Ann Thies

    Gina, I worked with Roger at Stout and had high admiration for him. I visited him after I retired and he was always praising you and so proud of you. I am so sorry for your loss. To me from day one it was obvious Roger was a gentleman, a master at his job, had high ethics, and a golden heart. His loss is heaven's gain. God bless you and all of his family. Ann Thies

  6. Dawn Anderson

    Gina, I am sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Marvin m Kelm

    Have not seen Roger in Years ,,, but remember him from years back,,, the old days,,, and the Bloomer Bowl .. Marv Kelm
    Hello Jane also

  8. David and Ecky Frogner

    We always enjoyed visiting Roger at the Nursing home. He had great sense of humor and a good memory of old times growing up in Colfax. I think Ecky made him blush once in a while.
    Our deepest sympathy to Gina and Rogers Sisters.
    Roger fought a tough Battle with grace.
    Ecky and Dave Frogner

  9. Laura Wahl

    Roger was a wonderful neighbor who was always ready to visit and share with others. He was a very industrious man who kept his home and garden in beautiful shape. He was helpful with his expertise on fixing things. Most of all he was a very loving and kind person who will be missed greatly.

  10. Greg & Sandy Peterson

    My fondest memory of Uncle Roger is when he returned home to Colfax after his service in the US Air Force. I was very young and our family was visiting Grandma and Grandpa Klukas when this handsome young man showed up at the door and my Mother (Barbara) absolutely went crazy with joy as well as the rest of the family. It is one of my earliest memories of Roger. At the time I was perplexed how my Mother could be so happy to see this stranger; I must have been only 4 or 5 years old. Our sincerest condolences in your loss and we share your grief.

  11. Leanne Bartz

    Roger was my neighbor and I would stop when out on my bike ride or driving by. He was always outside working in the yard or doing something. We would chat about all sorts of topics. Always interesting conversations. My sympathy to Gina and the entire family.

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