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Harvey Roggenbuck, 93

Longtime resident, Harvey Roggenbuck, passed away at his Anchorage home, Thursday, February 19, 2015.
A military service was held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E. Street. Visitation was between 1:00-2:00 p.m., with the service starting at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the spring at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Harvey was born April 2,1921, in Badger, Minnesota.  He was the third son born to George and Nina Roggenbuck.  He attended Badger High School.  Harvey was drafted into the Army in December 1942.  He went overseas in October 1944 and fought honorably in World War II after being trained to use the B.A.R., Browning Automatic Rifle.  He was wounded in November 1944 and received the Purple Heart.
After being honorably discharged in November 1945, Harvey worked around Badger doing various jobs.  In the spring of 1947 he made his first trip to Alaska with his brother Raton.  After spending the summer Harvey returned to Badger, there he married Helen Heddan on August 4, 1947.  The couple headed back to Anchorage in July of 1949 where they made Alaska their home and raised three children.
Mr. Roggenbuck first worked at Elmendorf Air Force Base building new barracks for soldiers and later joined the Bricklayers #1 laying ceramic tile, which he thoroughly enjoyed.  He retired from the union after 35 years.
Mr. Roggenbuck was a devoted family man, many times working out of town for weeks to support his family.  He was very patriotic, and always had a flag displayed in his yard.  He loved to play cards and had a great sense of humor.  Harvey and Helen liked to travel and took many trips after retiring.  He will be missed by all who knew him.
Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, parents; and brothers Joe and Raton.
Mr. Roggenbuck is survived by his sisters, Audrey, Donna, Sharon and Jeanette, and brother Vernon;  his three children Roxann, Mitchell, Karen and grandchild Stefan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org .

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