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  Roger Lee Brandner, Sr., 70, of Medford, passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 10, 2018 after a courageous five-year battle of Mantel Cell Lymphoma. He is the son of Edward J. and Edna I. (Frischmann) Brandner born on May 14, 1947 in Medford, WI. He graduated from Medford High School in 1965 and later went on to earn his Business Administration Degree.

  In 1966 he enlisted in Wisconsin Army National Guard and worked for the Department of Defense, retired as an E-8 1st SGT after 32 years of service. While enlisted he served as a Support Service Specialist for the U.S. Army under Civil Services in Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Abbotsford, and Medford from 1970-1998. Roger then went on to work at Hurd as plant manager from 1998 until his retirement in 2007. 

  He was married for almost fifty years to the love of his life, Janice C. Krause united in marriage on October 19, 1968, and she survives.
  Roger was a devoted Catholic and member of OLPH parish in Whittlesey. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping, walking and playing cards.  Most of all, he valued spending time with his family.
  Roger was the proud father of Dawn (Jason) Heier of Medford, Roger Jr.  (Jennifer) Brandner of Pardeeville, Chuck (Tammy) Brandner of Fond Du Lac, Chris (Mike) Hanson of Thorp, and Sheila (Nathan) Hollatz of Marshfield; loving grandfather of Collyn and Katelyn Heier, Blake, Bailey, and Brianna Brandner, Seth, Alivia, Tyler, and Allie Brandner,  Alexa and Logan Hanson, and Addasyn and Kylee Hollatz; caring brother of Melva (Otto) Klinger, Delbert (June) Brandner, Ruth Zuleger, Edward (Rosie) Brandner, Ethel Laher, and Sharon (Jerry) Nowak. He is also survived by mother-in-law Marjorie Krause, and many nieces, nephews and friends.Roger is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Edna Brandner, father-in-law, Edwin Krause, brother, Harvey Brandner, sister-in-law Arlene Brandner, brothers-in-law Richard Zuleger and Richard Laher.

  A funeral mass for Roger will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey at 11:00 AM, with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will take place at OLPH Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 4:00 PM until the time of a Catholic Rosary Service at 7:00 PM; visitation will continue on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of mass at 11:00 AM. Military Rites will be performed by the Medford VFW and WI Army National Guard.
  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Roger’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation.
  Hemer Funeral Home of Medford is entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

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