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In Memory

Roger Sylvan Jaenke

August 26, 2014

Roger Sylvan Jaenke, 76, of Fort Collins, passed away at Ft. Collins Health Care Center on Thursday, August 21.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, daughter, his family and friends.

Roger was born on August 8, 1938, in St. Louis, Missouri. The only child of Elmer and Dorothy Jaenke, he spent his childhood in Dupo, Illinois, and graduated from Dupo High School. One of his real passions as a young man was for Boy Scouting where he spent years involved not only in his local troop, but also was very involved in the Order of the Arrow, the scouting honor society. His dedication to scouting was represented in not only becoming an Eagle Scout with a bronze and gold palm, but also receiving the Vigil Honor which is the highest honor in the Order of the Arrow.

After high school, Roger attended Blackburn College in Illinois as well as the University of Dubuque in Iowa. While working as the waterfront director at a summer camp in Ely, Minnesota, he met his future wife, Lynn Smith, who was a junior counselor at that same camp. They both began studying at the University of Illinois in 1959, Roger in veterinary medicine and Lynn in art education. They married on September 1, 1962. Roger received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of Illinois in 1963. He continued to be a passionate and proud member of the Fighting Illini throughout his life.

After college, he joined the army and had the opportunity to participate in research in both Washington, D.C., and Tacoma, Washington. He discovered his passion for research and decided to return to school at Colorado State University to pursue a PhD in pathology which he received in 1969. Roger then joined the faculty at CSU where he was both a professor and researcher for the next 24 years. He was the author of a wide variety of scientific publications as a result of his research.

In 1964, Roger and Lynn welcomed their only child, Jennifer. The family built deep roots in Ft. Collins and enjoyed everything that Colorado had to offer including gardening, skiing, jeeping, motorbiking and camping. This passion then grew to traveling as the family spent Roger’s sabbatical year in Belgium in 1977 where they had the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe. Roger retired in 1993 and he and Lynn continued to pursue this love of travel through the Elderhostel program where they had the chance to travel throughout the world. In addition, they spent many years wintering in Sun City West, AZ, to take advantage of the mild winters to pursue their enjoyment of golf and gardening.

Roger is survived by his wife Lynn, his daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Jeff, and his grandsons Ryan and Brendan. He will be dearly missed.

A memorial service and open house will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 20 at Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave in Fort Collins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Illinois Vet School to the Class of 1963 Endowment Fund.