Alsgaard, Rodger E., Fort Wayne, IN, Formerly of Saginaw, MI

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved father, grandfather, and uncle passed away peacefully on Friday, September 03, 2010, at St. Anne Retirement Community in Fort Wayne. Age 95 years. Rodger was born July 22, 1915, in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of the later Alice Elizabeth (Boland) and John A. Alsgaard Sr. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School with the Class of 1934. He served as a Staff Sergeant with the US Army 9th Infantry Division during World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals. He married Jennie Prior on May 2, 1942. She predeceased him December 26, 1997. He had been employed as a police officer and patrolman with the City of Saginaw Police Department for ten years. He later was employed by Wickes Corporation as Traffic Manager for twenty years. In retirement, he did lawn maintenance at physicians offices and was a baker at Ryan’s Restaurant. He had been an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church, where he was a licensed Lay Reader, retiring after 30 years, served as Senior Warden on Vestry several times, having the distinction of being the youngest person elected when he was 16 years old, and was a Chalice Bearer. He was a member of the 9th Infantry Division Association, where he had been Past President and had served as Secretary for 14 years, and was a member and Past President of the Saginaw Valley Transportation Club. He was a member of the Saginaw Lodge #77, F. & A.M., and the Blue Lodge. Surviving are his daughters, Martha Alsgaard, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Elizabeth Alsgaard, Playa Vista, California. A son, Thomas Alsgaard, predeceased him. He also leaves his daughter-in-law, Kathleen Alsgaard, West Simsbury, Connecticut; five grandchildren, Cassandra (Michael Murphy), Kevin (Summer) Alsgaard, and Jill (Luis Bautista), and Gilbert (Annette) Morlan, II, and Brooke Morlan; 6 great-grandchildren, Besides his wife, parents, and son, he was predeceased by a son-in-law, Michael Lambert, five brothers and two sisters. Rowland, John, Wesley, Lyman, Bremer Alsgaard, Dorothea Matuzak, and June Spurlin. Funeral service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 1501 N. Center Road, Saginaw. The Rev. Charles E. Curtis will officiate with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Carrollton VFW Post #1859. His family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 409 Adams St., from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, where the Saginaw Lodge #77, F. & A.M. will conduct a Masonic memorial service Tuesday evening. Friends and family may then call at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Tendercare nursing Home, Saginaw, or St. Anne Retirement Community, Fort Wayne, Indiana, for their activities departments.