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  Roger W. Herrell, 62, of Dorchester, WI, a Town of Little Black, Taylor Co. resident, died Friday, January 26 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice.

  Memorial services for Roger will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, February 3 at First Baptist Church, Medford with Rev. Patrick Daniels officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 4-7 PM on Friday, February 2, also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday February 3. Larry Herrell will be serving as an urn bearer. Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Rock Cemetery, Grand Marsh, WI, Adams County at a later date.
  Roger was born on June 20, 1955 at Portage, WI, the son of Vern E. & Frances (Mutchler) Herrell. He attended Grand Marsh Elementary and Brooks Elementary Schools, both in Adams County. He was a 1973 graduate of Adams-Friendship High School, attended UW-Eau Claire and was a 1983 graduate of the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy in Fort McCoy, WI where he received a sharpshooting award. His first marriage was in 1975 to Janet Gulrud and they were later divorced; His second marriage was in 1985 at First Baptist Church, Medford to Betty J. Smith and she survives.

  After his education, he moved to the Medford area in 1983 and worked as a Wisconsin State Trooper for 15 years and received a Meritorious for Life Saving award from the State of Wisconsin while a trooper. Then he owned and operated R-B Construction, worked as a foreman for Kulps of Stratford & worked as a handyman for the Taylor Co. Humane Society until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, logging, mechanic work, fast cars and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Christian Bible Fellowship of Stetsonville, WI.

  Roger is survived by his wife, Betty J. Herrell of Dorchester; mother, Frances Herrell of Oxford, WI; children, Amber (Robert) Chaffee of Medford, Ben (Kristy) Herrell of Bolingbrook, IL & Emily (Fiancee-Marc Jackson) Herrell of Eagan, MN. Also, 7 grandchildren, Zackery, Aubry, Robert Jr. & Logan Chaffee, Benjamin Jr., Jacob & Madison Herrell; his siblings, Lois (Bruce) Christensen of Adams, WI, Larry (Kris) Herrell of Green Lake, WI, Karen (Dennis) Gilmore of Indio, CA, Lori (Mike) Wheeler of Greenville, WI, Tim (Lanni) Herrell of Yakima, WA, Tony (Tina) Herrell of Treasure Island, FL. His brothers/sister-in-law: Theodore Smith of Park Falls, WI, Anna (Craig) Gutenberger of Unity, WI & Burl (Sandy) Smith of Marshfield, WI. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Herrell in 1978 & his father, Vern E. Herrell in 1996.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Hope Hospice of Medford, WI.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences to the family, please visit 

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