It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Roger Lee Passow on December 31, 2023. Born on February 16, 1962, in Wausau, Roger was a beloved father, respected paramedic, mechanic, and a cherished member of the community.
Roger's life was one of adventure and compassion, always seeking to serve others in their time of need. He dedicated his career to the field of emergency care, working tirelessly as a paramedic to provide comfort and care to those in distress. His unwavering commitment to saving lives and making a difference shone through his work every day.
Beyond his professional pursuits, Roger was a man of many passions. He had a deep appreciation for the outdoors, finding solace in hunting and fishing. His favorite pastime was fishing with his son Christopher, creating cherished memories that will live on forever.
Roger was a true sports enthusiast, and he delighted in cheering for his favorite teams. Whether it was attending Wausau Woodchucks Baseball games with Christopher, passionately supporting the Milwaukee Brewers, or donning the green and gold to cheer on the legendary Green Bay Packers, his spirit and love for the game were unmatched. He especially enjoyed attending holiday parades and sharing the joy with his family.
Roger's dedication to his craft extended beyond providing care to patients. He also shared his knowledge and expertise by teaching CPR and EMS at the local technical college, passing on his skills to future generations of medical professionals. His passion for education and his desire to make a lasting impact on the community will always be remembered.
Roger's legacy will forever be carried on by his beloved son, Christopher (Alyssah) Passow. Their bond was unbreakable, formed through shared adventures, milestones, and the deep and unending love of a father and son. Roger is further survived by Christopher's mother, Becky (Ronald) Verhasselt; stepdaughters, Jamie Rivera and Tracy Allen; siblings, Thomas (Jill) Passow, Gary Passow, Ronald Passow, Wayne (Sue) Passow, Robert (Candy) Passow, and Shirley (Randy) Ecker; cousins, including Tim Passow and his daughter, Samantha; friend and roommate, Nancy Stokes; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Catherine; sister, Barb (Scott) Nies; sister-in-law, Kris Passow; and cousins.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 3:00 pm, where we will gather to remember Roger's life and honor his memory. Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until the time of service a Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family are appreciated.
Though Roger may be physically absent from our lives, the impact he had on his family, friends, colleagues, and those he served as a paramedic will forever remain.