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Roger F. Grell

March 25, 1950 — March 3, 2023

Marathon City

Roger F. Grell, age 72, of Marathon City passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023 at home. 

Roger was born on March 25, 1950 in Merrill to Raymond and Ruth (Schleif) Grell.   He married Kathleen “Kathy” Ruplinger on April 28, 1995 in Marathon.   

Roger believed strongly in being of service and truly had a servant’s heart.  After graduating from high school, Roger enlisted in the US Navy.  He was a proud “bubble head” (Navy slang for someone who served on a submarine).  After the Navy, he moved to Marathon where he worked at Marathon Cheese for 33 years.  Along the way he was a First Responder, joined the volunteer fire department, ushered at the Grand Theater and most recently, was a crossing guard at the elementary school.  He was also an active member of the Marathon American Legion Post 469 where he was on the honor guard and was a liaison with the local Scout troop. 

Roger was a wonderful husband and father.  He is survived by his wife Kathy Grell; daughters Betsy and Joanna Grell; mother Ruth Grell; siblings Nancy (Ken) Schmidt and David (Geralynn) Grell; and many other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Grell, brother-in-law and great nephew. 

Visitation will be Friday, March 10, from 4:00-7:00 pm at Helke Funeral home. There will be a visitation again on Saturday, March 11, from 9:30-12:30 at Saint Mary’s in Marathon. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 11, starting at 12:30 at Saint Mary’s in Marathon followed by Military Honors.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, March 10, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service

302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI 54401

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Visitation

Saturday, March 11, 2023

9:30am - 12:30 pm (Central time)

St. Mary Nativity of the Virgin Mary Parish

712 Market St, Marathon City, WI 54448

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Funeral Service

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Starts at 12:30 pm (Central time)

St. Mary Nativity of the Virgin Mary Parish

712 Market St, Marathon City, WI 54448

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