Early on the morning of Sunday April 15, 2018, at peaceful rest Roger was lovingly reunited with both his beautiful wife Ruth and his oldest daughter Debby for eternal peace in heaven. Roger was born in Janesville WI on Groundhog’s Day 1930 to Carl & Etta (Stone) Anderson. He along with his older sister Doris and his beloved dog Trixie grew up on S. Academy St. Roger always contributed his toughness to having grown up in the fourth ward “back in those days” and attending Wilson Elementary School, where he was proud to have established many lifelong friendships. In high school, while strengthening those friendships he participated in Football, Track, Marching Band and Music. Roger always had the wonderful ability to carry any tune at any time along with having a very pleasant singing voice, a trait he most certainly did not pass along to any of his children, not a lick of musical talent. Roger graduated from JHS in 1948 and went on to attend Milton College then onto Illinois Wesleyan College, where he studied Radiology. It was on June 9, 1951 that Roger would make the very best decision of his lifetime. That decision was to marry his high school sweetheart, Ruth Genevieve Skelly. A remarkable young lady with beauty, devotion and purpose. She truly would prove to be his life’s ballast. Together for over 50 years through much sacrifice, love, determination and devotion, they enjoyed many of life’s greatness’s. While married Roger was able to abundantly provide a wonderful life for his family of five through his hard work as a successful salesman. He started his career in Pharmaceuticals for Merck, Sharp and Dohm, and then in Plastic Thermoforming, first for Prent Corp of Janesville, then for Placon Corporation of Madison. Roger’s success in Sales came to him easily because his clients knew of his straightforward honesty and his “word” to them was golden. Simply, what he promised, he delivered. In the early days on their 160 acre farm, Roger also was a very successful and respected self-taught horse trainer, with many of his horses going to clients throughout the United States. He also had success in the show arena, winning many annual high point achievement trophies. His passion for horses, as well as that of all kinds of animals was never ending. This quality, he did succeed in passing along to all of his children and grandchildren. Roger was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Assn. Along with his horses, Roger also raised a respected herd of Registered Polled Hereford Cattle. He was a member of both the WI. Polled Hereford Assn. and the American Polled Hereford Assn. Roger generously donated many countless hours of his time to proudly coach for the Janesville Youth Ice Hockey Program, back in the program’s infancy. Roger was an active voice amongst a forward thinking group of individuals responsible for the procurement of an Ice Arena for Janesville. He also served as Head Coach for the UW-Whitewater Men’s Hockey Team from 1977-1981. He again was self-taught in the art of coaching hockey, as he had never had the opportunity to play. He was extremely proud of the frequent successes his teams achieved. Upon retirement, Roger & Ruth enjoyed the opportunity to travel around the U.S. and to escape the Wisconsin Winters by residing in Fountain Hills, AZ. The summers were spent on their beloved farm entertaining family, friends and grandchildren that they simply just adored. Since Ruth’s passing in 2006, Roger continued to maintain the farm and all of its responsibilities until later deciding to sell off all but 5 acres and continue to live in the original homestead. It was during this time Roger met a very close friend and special dance partner in Elizabeth. She is responsible for helping Roger continue a passion for dancing which he always had, along with having a caring and giving friendship.
Roger is survived by his 3 children, Carl (Jodi) Anderson, Carol (Jeff) Fuelleman and Wallace Falkenstein. 8 Grandchildren, Alexa (Trevor) Fellows, Lacy (Hunter Keeser) Anderson, Olivia Anderson, Nathan (Lisa) Fuelleman, Adam (Andrea) Fuelleman and Carrie (Tony) Goth, Kyle (Rachel) Falkenstein, Elizabeth Falkenstein, 6 Great Grandchildren, Logan & Emma Fellows, Jack & Max Fuelleman, Colin & Evelyn Fuelleman, 2 Wonderful and Giving Sister in laws, Mary Skelly & Roberta Haakinson, Special Nephew Steve Hopkins and Special Niece Pam Hopkins. Roger was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, their oldest daughter, Debby, Son in law, Fred Baughman, and his sister Doris Hopkins.
The family would like to thank the kind nurses and staff at Cedar Crest Health Care Center for the special care that Roger received during his stay.
A Celebration Honoring Roger’s life will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM followed by a gathering at O’Riley and Conway’s Irish Pub. Memorials would be greatly appreciated if they were made in Roger’s name to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin or Friends of Noah.