Roger L. Harpold peacefully passed away on January 31st, 2018. Born in Black River Falls, Wisconsin on September 24th, 1935 to Leland and Berniece (nee Hobbs) Harpold. Loving husband of Patricia (nee Nolan), devoted father of Scott (Angie), Doug (Vicky), Brother of late Joanne Tighe. Adored Grandfather of Hanna, Eli, Madison, Isabella, Emily, Zoe and Mackenzie. Best Ever Step-Father to Jim, Tom (Lisa) and Brandy.
Roger was not only loyal to his family but truly loyal to the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and all of his Wisconsin friends. Owner of R.E. Goss for 40 years, dearly loved by all his employees. Founder and Charter Member of Action Sertoma, formerly Alsip Sertoma. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as many others for his work with Sertoma over the years.
Roger attended Tigerton High School, Class of 1953, where he was the star basketball player and attended class reunions for the next 55 years.
Veteran of the US Navy Submarine Service from 1953-1961, National Defense Dolphins. After his military service he attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He spent a short time in Wisconsin then moved to Chicago where he resided since then.
Roger loved being witty and sometimes silly, never losing his sense of humor even in his last days. Favorite past times included croquet with his Wisconsin entourage, Scuba Diving, and travel with his friends making new ones everywhere he went. Everyone who knew him knows he will keep them laughing in heaven!
Memorial Services celebrating Roger’s life will be held February 23rd, 2018 at Silver Lakes Country Club at 14700 S. 82nd Avenue in Orland Park. Services at 11:30am with luncheon following. Memorial contributions in Roger’s name can be made to Action Sertoma PO Box 164, Oak Forest, IL 60452.
Please call Pat Harpold at (708) 717-3447 to RSVP.
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Dad, you will be forever missed!!
Dick and Joan Banko
So many good memories of Roger. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Roger so many memories.Sertoma will not be the same without you
Pat God Bless.Your Friends, Vinnie & Julie Sabia
The terrific photo reflects Roger’s tremendous wit and enthusiasm for life. May peace be with his family and with Roger as he takes his gifts to heaven. Love, Richard ????
Deb Polise (friend of Scott & Doug Harpold)
It is very hard losing a dad. My dad was the same age when he passed away. You think you’re ready for it but when it comes, only then does that notion seem silly. I remember Scott telling me he & his dad were “2 peas in a pod.” That being the case, and knowing Scott as well as I do, I can imagine what a great loss everyone who knew Roger is experiencing. The really good people are hardest to lose no matter their age or however great and fulfilling a life they may have had. These are the people who have made a significant impression on and real, positive differences in those of us around them. My heart goes out to Roger’s family and friends.
My sincere condolences,
A man who left his mark!
Our love and condolences to his wonderful, amazing family!
He lives on in all our memories!
Sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. He was always a friend and mentor, not only when I was with Sertoma, but especially when I was in transition.
He will be missed, but not forgotten.
Almost a year, and I still think of you all of the time. Last night you were in my dreams. Still can’t thank Pat enough for being your rock and your guardian angel when things where harder than any of us can imagine. Miss you and love you always!