Roger G. “Struppy” Schmitz, 73, of Elkhart Lake, died Sunday evening, Oct. 19, 2014 at Rocky Knoll Health Care Center, Plymouth.

He was born April 25, 1941 in Marytown, son of the late Ervin and Lorraine (Halbach) Schmitz. He attended St. Ann Catholic School.

Roger proudly served his country in the Army National Guard.

On Feb. 4, 1961, he married Judith Sippel at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Parnell.

Roger had previously worked at Leverenz Shoe Co., Tecumseh Products and Klapperich Garage. He retired from Kohler Co. in 2005 after 42 years.

He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Elkhart Lake.

Roger enjoyed working in his shop and camping.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Judy; his children: Marjorie (Don) Dykstra, Michael (Lisa) Schmitz, Mary (Kevin) Krupp, Marlene (Brian) Wilterdink and Mark (Renee) Schmitz; and grandchildren: Carly Dykstra; Mitchell Dykstra and fiancée, Mary Brazeal; Melissa Schmitz; Ryan Schmitz and fiancée, Natasha Burgos; Keary (Kellie) Krupp; Cassie (Matt) Murray; Jason and Adam Zorn; Nicholas and Collin Wilterdink; Samantha Meyers and Cody Schmitz. He is further survived by three great-grandchildren: Owen Murray, Ryker Zorn and Sofia Schmitz; five brothers: Gerry (Patt) Schmitz, Cyril (Kaylin) Schmitz, James (Dori) Schmitz, David (Lynn) Schmitz and Steven (Linda) Schmitz; five sisters: Diane (Dennis) Lenz, Marilyn Ramminger, Carol Walters, Laurie (Glenn) Neils and Judy (Pat) O’Neil; brother-inlaw, Robert Williams; sister-in-law, Donna Schmitz; numerous Sippel brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Kenneth Schmitz; one sister, Lea Williams; and brothers-in-law, Tony Ramminger and Edward Walters.

The funeral Mass for Roger was celebrated Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Elkhart Lake, with Fr. Daniel Volkert officiating. Entombment took place in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Kohler.

A memorial has been established in his name.

Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, Kiel, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent at

Roger’s family would like to give a very heartfelt thank you to Dr. David Deubler and his staff for their dedicated care and to the staff at Hospice Advantage for the care and compassion shown to Roger.

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