Roger Nuber, age 67, of Vesper, WI, passed away Monday, February 1, 2021 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.
Roger was born in Illinois and as a young child moved to Sigel, WI. His proud immigrant parents moved from Germany in 1952 with two small children, Roger’s older siblings, and no more than their dream of owning a farm in America. A year later they welcomed their second son, Roger. They worked, saved and eventually in 1959, with apprehension and resolve, purchased a farm in Sigel. Roger spent the next 16 years there with his parents, two sisters and brother. He learned the values of hard work and thrift that would serve him well for his lifetime.
In the spring of 1973, he met his future wife, Bonnie, at a benefit dance. It was a dance that would last nearly 48 years. In March of 1975 they married. They started their life together in an apartment in Wis. Rapids and he went to work for Kiedrowski Surveying. During those first carefree years of marriage, the couple took a trip to Germany to visit Roger’s aunts and uncles, he took flying lessons and was able to advance to a solo flight. That gave way to the responsibilities of home ownership and fatherhood when in 1981 his first child, Julie, was born. He was working for Basler Surveying, but the recession of the early 80s hit and work became scarce. The next years were financially difficult but Roger did without to provide for his family. 1985 brought a call from Consolidated Papers and the birth of his son Nicholas; followed in 1987 by the birth of his daughter Katrina. The next years were busy, filled with family camping, school events, music recitals, driving lessons, dancing, family trips, and maintaining an older home; all while keeping up with the demands of shift work. Years filled with happiness, sorrow, love and, as always, hard work. In the late 90’s, he found a piece of land adjacent to the 80 acres his parents had purchased. A shed was built, and a pond was dug with plans to build a home. A home that would finally have a basement so tall he would not bump his head ever again.
In 2000, news hit that Consolidated Papers was being sold and many people were losing their jobs. The cost of building a new home was weighed against the risk of possibly losing his job. He hated debt and hated taking risks even more. With resolve, he decided to follow his dream of a home in the country. The house was built by his good friend, softball teammate, and contractor Doug and since Roger was handy, he assisted with some of the work. He was able to keep his job due, in no small part, to his knowledge, hard work, and the respect earned from his supervisors. More years flew by and his family grew to include: son in-laws Chad and Kirk; daughter in-law Amber; and grandchildren Marcus, Lilly, Aria, Justice and Quinton. In 2015, Roger retired from papermaking after more than 30 years. Never one to sit idly, he found himself busy with chores inside and out. He spent the last months doing many of the things he enjoyed. There was deer hunting, hanging up lots of Christmas lights feeding the wild birds and the free-range cats. January brought a sudden change of health. He was hospitalized on the 22nd and on February 1, 2021 God saw the pain was too much to bear and called him home. He will be dearly missed by his wife of nearly 46 years, his children, grandchildren, sisters, brother, and numerous extended family and friends.
Roger loved being outdoors camping, fishing and working on “The 80”. He spent countless hours planting trees and cutting firewood. He enjoyed boating and snowmobiling, giving the grandchildren rides on Big Johnny and the four-wheeler. He maintained paths for four-wheeling and snowmobiling. Most of all he enjoyed deer hunting on The 80 and just this past season harvested two deer.
Roger is survived by his wife, Bonne (Witt) Nuber; daughter Julie (Kirk) Kuhn; son Nicholas (Amber Fait) Nuber; daughter Katrina (Chad Chialda) Nuber; grandchildren: Justice, Marcus, Lillian, Aria and Quinton; sisters: Lisa Galloway and Maggie (Jim) LaBarge; brother, Will Nuber; along with many sisters and brothers in-law, nieces, nephews and grate nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth and Wilhelm Nuber.
A celebration of life will be held July 10th, 2021 when we will plant a tree by his deer stand. A place where he can rest peacefully in the outdoors he loved.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids, is honored to be assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hermantaylorfuneralhome.com.
Special thanks to the healthcare workers from Aspirus Riverview Hospital, especially the ICU staff for their compassionate care.
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