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Roger H. Tigges

January 23, 2018

Roger Harold Tigges, 82, was called to his heavenly home on January 23, 2018.  Born in Dubuque, IA on June 28, 1935, Roger was the ninth of ten children born to Oscar and Josephine (Linden) Tigges. Roger married Stella Kamm on June 18, 1955, at St. Patrick's Church and they lived in Dubuque for the last 63 years, where they raised a family of ten children. Roger was dedicated to his wife and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Through his younger days he had paper routes, worked at Diamonds Cafeteria in his high school days, Sears Roebuck for about a year, and General Dry Batteries. Roger spent a semester at Bayless Business College.  He established a 35-year career at Universal Electric Supply where he achieved his dream of becoming an owner. He also served the community as a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters 330 Club and as a Lector and Commentator at Holy Ghost.

Roger’s big personality with a witty pull-my-finger sense of humor will be surely missed. He loved playing cards (especially dominating family euchre tournaments), bowling, Bingo, "barber shopping" with SPEBSQSA, his daily walks, and attending morning mass. He loved being with his wife and grandchildren; especially their trips to Chicago Cubs games, going to the park, and "our ride to the airport". Two of their most memorable trips were when Stella and Roger went to Alaska and Niagara Falls with some members of their family.

Roger is survived by his wife Stella; his daughters: Nancy (Dale) Manders, of Bernard, IA., Theresa Biermann, of Dubuque, and Wendy (Neil) Aitchison, of Dubuque; his sons: David (Rose) Tigges, of Orland Park, IL, Terence (Elizabeth) Tigges, of Davenport, IA, Timothy (Poon) Tigges, of Johnston, IA, Gregory (Diane) Tigges, of Manor, TX, Kevin (Judy) Tigges, of Dubuque, and Wayne (Hiroko) Tigges, of Milwaukee, WI; his grandchildren: Stephanie (Andy) Huber, Matthew Edwards, Christina (Nathan) Edwards, Joshua (Jennie) Tigges, Nicholas (Renee) Tigges, Sarah (Brian) Goodwin, Terence Tigges, Jr., Harmony (Lopez) Tigges, Ryan Tigges, Troy Tigges, Melissa (Corey) Schulz, Ashley (John) Garde, Corinne (Nick) Huber, Daniel Perry, Benjamin (Laine) Tigges, Megan Tigges, Nichole Aitchison, Mark Aitchison, Elizabeth Tigges, Emily Tigges, and Rebecca Tigges; his step-grandchildren:  Christopher Johnson Sr., Shawna Colvin, and Michael Aitchison; his great-grandchildren:  Kayden Tigges, Maxim Huber, Jacob Tigges, Katherina Tigges, Bryson Goodwin, Jaxen Tigges, Sean Tigges, and Henry Utt; his step-great-grandchildren: Caleb Goodwin, Seth Goodwin, Chris Johnson Jr., Jack Colvin, Riley Colvin, Adrian Colvin, Caleb Gingerich, Ian Johnson, and Jace Aitchison; and his sister, Joan Klaas.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeannine Perry; his parents, Oscar and Josephine; his brothers: Oscar Jr., Wilfred, Gerald, and Arthur; his sisters: Martha, Elaine, Marlene, and Catherine; and great-grandson Adam Lopez.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at the Church of the Resurrection with Rev. Andrew Marr officiating.  Visitation will be Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding just prior to the start of mass. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting with arrangements.

The family would like to thank all our friends and relatives for their support and prayers at our time of loss.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. 

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