JANESVILLE — Roger W. Rast, age 95, formerly of Janesville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Oakwood Villa Nursing Home in Altoona, Wisconsin. He was born in Mondovi, Wisconsin on February 25, 1923; the son of William and Susan (nee Skildum) Rast. Roger married his loving wife Joyce A. Cleasby on June 29, 1946 in Mondovi, Wisconsin, and they spent 44 wonderful years together before her passing on February 6, 1990. Roger and Joyce were members of Peace Lutheran Church in Janesville for close to 35 years and when Roger moved to Eau Claire, he then became a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran in Eau Claire. Roger worked in assembly for General Motors for 29 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Local Union 95, an avid fisherman, and Packers fan. Roger loved our country and hung the Flag outside his home every day. He was a good man and a farmer to the end. He never met a stranger, he was a friend to everyone.
Roger is survived by 2 children, Linda (Charles) Schaff of Janesville and Steven Rast of Eau Claire; grandchildren, William Kettle, Cody Rast, Steve Rast Jr., Kristianna Rast; great grandchildren, Lucas Kettle, Madelyn and Brooklyn Volkey; sister, Arleen Jeske; brothers in-law, LaVern, LeRoy and Gary Cleasby; and numerous extended family members and friends.
He is predeceased by his wife, Joyce; his parents; son, Ronald Rast; grandson, Mitch Terhar; sister, Lorraine Freeman; brothers in-law, Arvid, James, Dale, and Verl Cleasby.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 8, 2019 at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY; with Pastor Naomi Garber officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until time of service on Friday. Committal service will follow to Milton Lawns Memorial Park and will be followed by a luncheon at the Schneider Funeral Home Life Celebration Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to ECHO of Janesville. For online obituary and registry, please visit www.schneiderfuneral directors.com.