Roggen M.D., Ivan J., Saginaw, Michigan

Ivan J. Roggen, M.D.

Dr. Ivan J. Roggen, husband of Jane Ann (Moskal) Roggen died suddenly in the Cardiac Unit at St. Mary’s hospital on November 28, 2010. Dr. Roggen was born in Conrad, Montana, on October 12, 1914, son of the Reverend John and Jacquelina (DeHaan) Roggen and raised in South Dakota and Hamilton, Michigan. He was educated in Michigan, graduating from Hope College in Holland, and the Medical School at the University of Michigan, receiving his Medical Degree in 1940. Following an internship at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines IA, Dr. Roggen was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling, MN. He volunteered for parachute duty and trained at the parachute school at Fort Benning GA, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as the Regimental Surgeon of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Dr. Roggen went overseas with the 82nd in 1943 and served with decorated distinction in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Holland, and Germany. His awards included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. After the war, he returned to the University of Michigan and completed a three-year residency and fellowship program in pediatrics at the University Hospital. Dr. Roggen then established and maintained a practice in General Pediatrics in Saginaw, MI until his retirement in 1985. While practicing, Dr. Roggen was active in various medical and service organizations. Ivan will be remembered as a truly gentle man with a dry sense of humor and an unfailingly optimistic view of life. As a pediatrician who practiced in Saginaw for over 35 years he touched countless lives; our family is so grateful to his former patients who would stop by to say hello with fond remembrances. Ivan’s favorite pastimes included annual fishing trips on the St. Mary’s River in the Upper Peninsula, working outdoors and tending to his large lawn and vegetable garden, endless crossword puzzles, and following Michigan Wolverine football. We are blessed that Ivan was able to live a life of physical vigor and mental acuity up until his death; he was in excellent spirits and was with his family at the end. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, three sons and two daughters; Altan C. (Kathy) Stalker of Allen TX, Betty Ann Stalker of Freeland MI, Lynn (Lloyd) Pender of Saginaw, Michael J. (Kathie) Stalker of Annapolis MD, and John I. Roggen of Freeland, MI. Also surviving is his sister Marion McGilvra of Pella, IA. He is pre-deceased by his sisters Ella Tellman and Margaret DePree, and his brother Leon Roggen. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Linda (Carl) Pearson, Jane Parr, James Parr, Katheryn (Shannon) Burchett, Altan J. (Amy) Stalker, Meghan (Brian) Wood, Brandon Stalker, and Craig (Lorie) Pender, and nine great-grandchildren; Cailee (Zach) Casey, Laura Pearson, Matthew Fox, Dustin Parr, Altan T. Stalker, Rebecca Stalker, Shannon Burchett, Maxwell Burchett and Cooper Pender. In accordance with Dr. Roggen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, December 2, 2010 at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. His nephew, Rev. Leon Roggen will officiate. Friends may call at the Chapel from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until the time of the funeral service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Saginaw Public Libraries or the Zilwaukee Lions Park Fund.