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Roger Allen Gausmann

November 13, 2020 | 16 comments

Roger Allen Gausmann, Age 61, of La Crosse, WI, passed away on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020. He was born May 5th, 1959 to Earl and Dorothy Gausmann. He married Ann Marie (Taylor) Gausmann.

Roger was an avid gardener who loved working with his hands in the earth. He enjoyed listening to Wisconsin Badger football and basketball games, as well as Green Bay Packer games. He enjoyed playing board and card games with his wife, children, grandson, and many family members when gathered. Farming was always at the forefront of his mind. He grew up on a dairy farm. With his wife, Annie, they raised their children on that same farm milking goats for many years. Though the dairy cows were long gone, he still kept up on attending the World Dairy Expo, Farm Progress Days, and volunteering at the Moses Organic Farm Conference. He had a great love of everything natural and of the outdoors, including camping with his wife, children, brother, and sister in law. Roger’s newest companion on the hobby farm was a lost peacock which he lovingly named Bob, who followed Roger as he worked in the gardens any time he was there. Roger was also an avid fan of all J.R.R. Tolkein’s work, and reading in general. His wife, children, and grandson were the sparkle in his beautiful blue eyes that put a smile on his face. And wence they came from was the union of his bride of 33 years, Annie, the love of his life and soulmate. He will be forever missed in our hearts but we will hold his memories forever. Love you Roger my dearest.

Roger is survived by his wife, Annie, sons Shad and Matthew, his daughter Gretchen (Dustin Korth) and grandson Xander, brothers Richard (Debbie) Gausmann, Bob (Andrea) Gausmann, Larry (Deb) Gausmann, Sisters Marjorie Gausmann and Donna (Stuart) Campbell, Mother-in-Law Mary Lou Taylor, Joe (Kay) Taylor, John Taylor, Theresa Taylor, Maggie (Gerry) Ruhland, Aunts MaryJo Virning, Neva Virning, Gwen Virning, Geri Keene, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Earl Gausmann and mother Dorothy Gausmann, Father-in-law Donald Taylor, brother-in-law Jerry Niesen, Cousins Ruthie Thrun, Danny and Audrey Gausmann, as well as many dear aunts and uncles.

The Gausmann Family would like to extend a special thank you to the LaCrosse Fire and Rescue Department, as well as all of the wonderful lovely staff of Gunderson Emergency Room and Critical Care units.

In lieu of flowers, the Gaumann family asks that donations be made in Roger’s name to your local animal shelters, The American Heart Association, The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, or PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) as these are all causes that he loved and believed in supporting.

A celebration of life will be held in 2021, with the date yet TBD.



  1. Tracy Severino

    He is so missed. Sending lots of love to you all.

  2. Bill King

    Prayers and thoughts for all of the family 🙏

  3. John and Jane McWilliams

    A genuine, caring man. A good friend. Roger will be missed by so many people. Love to the family. x

  4. Kathy

    I will always remember Roger as the kindest man.My deepest sympathies to Annie and his family who he loved beyond measure.

  5. Jerri Garretson

    So sorry for your loss.

  6. Alice

    My deepest sympathy to Annie and family. Roger was a very kind man and so genuinely nice. Roger was so interesting to talk with and if you were fortunate to know Roger, you knew you had a friend and the next time you would see Roger you would receive a wonderful smile and a friendly, heartfelt hello. Roger, you and your wonderful smile will be missed – may you Rest In Peace.

  7. Laurie

    I will miss talking gardening with Roger. He always had something interesting going on. I learned about his friendly peacock friend and how to plant garlic. He told me about his fresh salsa making and he got me hooked on it. Kind, gentle and happy…. those are the words that come to mind when I think of Roger. He will me missed so much! Annie and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy.

  8. Jeannette England

    Always remember you have the love of family keeping you in their thoughts

  9. Frankie Ray

    Roger was one of the most “present” people I’ve had the pleasure to know and I will miss him.

  10. 'Bert Butterfield

    Sending prayers for healing and peace to all of Roger’s family and friends.

    • Janice Bender

      Annie & family,
      I am so sorry for your loss. Roger was a kind man who smiled quickly and often. I was lucky enough to talk to him just a couple of weeks ago. Please accept my deepest condolences. You’re in my prayers.

  11. Debra Gausmann

    Ann, What beautiful words you have shared about Roger. He was a wonderful man who exemplified the caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, & son that he was.

    Please know that Rick and I are in deep prayer for you and the family as you travel thru this journey.

    Love you all, Debbie and Rick

  12. gary gausmann and margie moore

    our thoughts and prayers are with you, annie and family. cousin gary gausmann and margie moore

  13. Eric Alver

    Soar with the angels, Roger …

    Eric Alver & your Monona Grove 1977 classmates

  14. Jill Jackson

    My heart goes out to you and the whole family. We will miss his beautiful blue eyes, smile and witty jokes. Beautiful words on the Obit. Fits Roger to a tee. If any of you need anything you know where we are. Our deepest sympathy.

  15. Randy Arndorfer

    Ann and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Roger over the years and knew him as a thoughtful, kind, hard-working person. He was the kind of person that you wish everybody was. I will miss Roger and hope you and your family find peace in the memories that you shared with him. God bless you and your family.


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