Roger William Thorp, 73, currently of Oshkosh and formerly of the Spooner area, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh.
Roger was born on January 7, 1947, in Rice Lake to Arnold and Pauline (Crandell) Thorp. He graduated from D.C. Everest High School in Schofield in 1965. He then served just shy of two years in the U.S. Navy until he was honorably discharged in January of 1970.
Upon his returning home, he then completed draftsman’s training and went to work for Drott Drafting in Schofield. He then moved to Hayward and worked for the state of Wisconsin Job Services until moving to Birchwood where he was a counselor for the state of Wisconsin in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Rice Lake, where he excelled and was respected by his peers.
Due to health reasons, he has lived in Oshkosh for the last decade or so.
In Roger’s spare time, he enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and especially duck hunting. He also was an avid reader, history buff, collected postage stamps, and liked to camp, and to watch B-rated films. He loved his family and also putzing in his workshop. He will be remembered as a quiet, loving man with a dry sense of humor.
Roger is survived by his daughter, Amy (Donald) Reynolds of Fort Atkinson; stepsons, Adam (Gail) Boettcher of Mosinee and Eric (Shannon) Boettcher of Davis Junction, Illinois; grandchildren, Jennifer Doty, Joshua Reynolds, Cody Reynolds, and Clara Reynolds of Fort Atkinson; mother, Pauline Thorp of Spooner; sisters, Pamela Thorp of Oshkosh, and Roxanne Hanrahan of Spooner; uncle, Theodore (Judy) Thorp of Stone Lake; aunt, Virginia Krenz of Minong; nephew, Brendan Hanrahan of Spooner; and many other extended family and friends.
Roger is preceded in death by his father, Arnold Thorp; grandparents, Walter and Mary Crandell, and Christ and Olga Thorp; and brother-in-law, Michael Wertel.
A funeral service for Roger Thorp will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Spooner Funeral Home with Pastor Brent Berkesch officiating. A visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment with military honors will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Stone Lake.
Roger’s family is asking that those attending the services wear their facial mask and practice social distancing for their protection and the safety of Roger’s family.
Arrangements were entrusted to Spooner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for Roger’s family at www.bratley-nelsonchapels.com.