Memorial services for Glenn Paul Roehrkasse were held Jan. 2 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Laramie. Glenn, 88, died Dec. 28 in Laramie.
He was born April 13, 1925, in Casper, the son of Laurence Conrad and Ida Preis Roehrkasse. The oldest of four children, he grew up on a farm at Emblem. Glenn was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem. He attended elementary grades in Emblem and graduated from high school in Greybull, where he played on their championship football team in 1942.
Glenn enlisted in the Navy Air Corp at the beginning of World War II. On his return home, he met and married Marion Katherine Fichtner on Sept. 3, 1950, in Lovell.
He received his PhD in production economics from Iowa State in 1962, his MS in agriculture economics from the University of Wyoming in 1953, his BS in agronomy from the University of Wyoming in 1951. His specialty was as an experiment station statistician with emphasis in experimental design, computer programming and data analysis.
He started his career at the University of Wyoming in 1953 in the College of Agriculture and earned his professorship in both agricultural economics and statistics.
During a sabbatical to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in 1981, Glenn and Marion found their retirement home and from 1986 through 2008 spent their winters in Las Cruces.
Glenn enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, woodworking, camping and wine making. He built a cabin at Miller Lake, near Fox Park, Wyo., in 1976 and many great family memories were made while planning, building, fishing and snowmobiling at the cabin.
He was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Farm House Fraternity, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Tau Alpha, Chi Gamma Iota, Sigma XI, Gamma Sigma Delta, the American Statistical Association, Biometric Society, American Legion Post 14, Disabled American Veterans, the Lions Club and the Alco Rod and Gun Club.
His parents, his brother Leonard and his sister Irene Whitton preceded Glenn in death.
He is survived by his wife Marion Roehrkasse; sister and brother-in-law, Don and Laura May Brunkow of Cody; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Mea Roehrkasse of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jay and Glenna Roehrkasse Talbott of Laramie and Dale and Paula Roehrkasse Reece of Grand Junction, Colo.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Glenn’s name may be made to the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the University of Wyoming Foundation for the benefit of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1200 East Ivinson Ave., Laramie, WY 82070 or to the charity of your choice.