Roger M. Jahr, age 80 of Arlington, died Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Arlington Good Samaritan Society. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 18th at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Arlington with Rev. Matthew C. Rauh officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 17th at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington, and also one hour prior to the service on Sunday at church. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in Arlington. Due to Covid guidelines, face masks and social distancing will be required.
Roger was born on November 16, 1940 to Martin and Doris (Timm) Jahr in Arlington. He graduated from Arlington - Green Isle High School in 1958. He married Myra Dammann on June 18, 1960 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. After some years working for Hank Menzel at Geib-Janni Lumber, the couple farmed and raised their family in Green Isle Township.
He is survived by his children, Tim (Julie) Jahr, Jodie (Gene) Johnson, and Julianne (Terry) Shaw; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Josh (Audra) Shaw, their children: Gillian, Katelyn, Lexus, Shelby and Grayson, Amanda (Todd) Fisher, their children: Emma and Maren, Jordan (April) Shaw, Laura (Tim) Tracy, their children: Wyatte, Cody, and Weston, Cory (Dani) Johnson, Jennifer Jahr, Kathy Shaw, Martin (Therese) Jahr, and Connor Johnson; sisters-in-law, Joyce Winter, Mabel Stradtmann and Eileen (Charlie) Unger.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Myra; parents, Martin and Doris Jahr; grandchildren, Dakota and Betty; brother, Elden Winter, brothers-in-law, Harlan Dammann and Earl Stradtmann.
The previous portion are the “basics” of Roger’s obituary, and anyone who knew him was very aware of how much his family meant to him. His kids and grandkids never doubted how much he loved them, but we also know that the really special ones were his great grandchildren. Roger and Myra spent as much time as possible with their family. There were so many family gatherings on the patio, always involving good food, and possibly a beer or two (or three or four). As this is being written, we are reminded that one of Roger’s sayings was that “Schlitz beer was so cheap that you couldn’t afford to not drink it”.
As most of us know, Roger developed severe rheumatoid arthritis at a young age, and even though he spent most of his life in debilitating pain, he never gave up. He continued farming, and even after he retired, he still helped Tim with spring and fall tillage. He may have also given a bit of farming advice to Tim over the years. Roger also maintained his witty humor, and you could always count on a quick (and usually, appropriate) comeback.
Roger really enjoyed socializing with many people, and did so while volunteering at the county fair, singing in church choir, and getting together with friends as often as hew was able. He also enjoyed singing harmony during church hymns.
The polka song ‘In Heaven, There is no Beer’, will now need to be re-written because we are certain Roger made a pit stop on the way and picked up a couple of cases to enjoy with Myra and old friends, especially his life-long friend, Bob.
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