Roger W. Oehlke

November 12, 1941 ~ July 18, 2018 (age 76)


Roger Oehlke (born 11/12/41) died 7/18/18 surrounded by family. He was born in Neenah, WI to Art and Ione. Married 54yrs to Barbara, he was father to Megan, Quinn, Khanh, and Jorge, Gustavo, and Gina Flores, brother to John, and grandfather to 7. He was a scholar, poet, musician, adventurous traveler, Packers fanatic, willing eater of new cuisines, a reader, jokester, organizer, navigator, worrier, thoughtful gift giver, fisherman, long-haired liberal, teacher at Guilford, West, and Auburn, a generous spirit, fierce protector, social justice advocate, civil rights activist, community volunteer, curmudgeon, but most significantly a husband, a father, a brother, and a grandpa. He will be missed beyond measure as he continues to make mischief and weave magic through our memories of his living, loving years. A public Celebration of Life will be conducted at the Unitarian Universalist Church (4848 Turner St) on Sunday August 19th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Habitat for Humanity local chapter, the Center for Sight and Hearing, and WNIJ DeKalb.  

If you would like to make a donation in his honor the following charities have been designated: 
1. Rockford Center for the Sight and Hearing 

2. WNIU (local npr station)

3. Habitat for Humanity local chapter

Thank you,
Oehlke Family

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Memorial Service
August 19, 2018

2:00 PM
The Unitarian Universalist Church
4848 Turner St
Rockford, IL 61107

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