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Brian G. Rogers

February 2, 1947 November 15, 2015
Brian G. Rogers
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Brian G. Rogers was born February 2, 1947 in Frederic, WI. He passed away November 15, 2015.

Brian graduated from Frederic High School in 1966. Because of his disability, he became a life-long advocate of education and civil rights. He earned degrees in Traffic Management and Transportation, Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin. Brian's professional career was highlighted by: Director of the Center for Independent Living at the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonee, WI, Director of Summit Independent Living Center, Missoula, MT, and Director of the Denver Center for Independent Living, Denver, CO. During his career in 1986, he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Americans with Disabilities in Columbus, OH by President Ronald Reagan. During his semi-retirement, Brian was elected to two terms on the Frederic Village Board of Trustees. He served sixteen years on the Frederic Public Library Board. He was a charter member of the Frederic Historical Society and was honored as Frederic's Volunteer of the Year in 1990. He was awarded three Presidential Citations for outstanding public service because of his innovative advocacy for America's 45 million citizens with disabilities.

Brian had great joy and pride in the "farm" where he built a barrier free home on 26 acres in 1993. Brian valued his family and his friends, he was always there for them. He was an amateur historian on the Kennedy Assassination. He enjoyed planting flowers and trees. He was an outspoken advocate on civil rights.

Brian is survived by his devoted sister, Rebecca of Boyceville, Wisconsin; his former wife, Carol, of Reno, Nevada; and son, Justin of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Brian is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Helen Rogers.

For those of us that loved him and rejoice that he is free of his disability, we will honor his last wishes; there will be no funeral or memorial service. His remains will be returned to his beloved "farm". Memorials may be made to the Frederic Public Library where he enjoyed many hours with friends and wonderful staff.

An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, 715-327-4475.
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