Roger R. Brugger

Roger R. Brugger

Roger R. Brugger, 76, of Belmont, Wisconsin, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at his home with his family at his side.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012 at First English Lutheran Church, Platteville. Rev. Michael Short will officiate. Burial will be at the Belmont Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville or from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Roger R. Brugger Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be made at

He was born on January 12, 1936 in Belmont, Wisconsin. He was the only child of William and Evelyn (Rehmstedt) Brugger. He graduated from the Belmont High School with the Class of 1953. On April 19, 1958 he was united in marriage to Beverly McVay of Livingston, WI on her 21st birthday at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He was a lifetime member of the First English Lutheran Church, Platteville. He worked a short time in Rockford, IL and after a short time returned to Belmont and farmed with his father on the family farm, also working for 30 years at the International Harvester Dealership in Belmont. He and Bev farmed the family farm for 25 years, retiring and moving into the village of Belmont in 1998. He enjoyed working in his yard, decorating for the holidays, and was a long time Farm Toy Collector. He and Bev attended farm toy shows as vendors for 14 years until his failing health. They did a lot of traveling in 44 states and Canada, with their favorite vacation spot being Branson, MO where they spent much time with relatives and friends. But most of all he enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren and their families and had a lot of cherished memories. He was a great husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly; his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Donald Voigts of Janesville; two granddaughters, Tracy (Ryan) Lewiston of Beloit; Tina (Patrick) Goodger of Janesville; three great-granddaughters, Mackenzie, Taylor, and Kelsey; aunt, Mary (Rehmstedt) Gray of Macungie, PA; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and several aunts, uncles, and in-laws.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kraemer and Dr. Holm, at the Medical Associates Clinic in Dubuque, for all their care and kindness they provided Roger for these past 7 years. Also, thank you to Dr. Connelly and Southwest Health Center Hospice for their excellent care in his last few weeks.