WLC mourns loss of Roger Fleming, long-time coach and administrator


Roger Fleming commencement imageMILWAUKEE – Roger Fleming, the head men’s golf coach at Wisconsin Lutheran College for the past 30 seasons, was called to his eternal home on Thursday evening, October 2, with his family at his side.

Fleming, the first full-time faculty member called to WLC on August 1, 1977, retired from full-time duties at the end of the 2004-05 academic year, but continued on a part-time basis as a Greek professor and men’s golf coach.

During his 28 years of full-time service to Wisconsin Lutheran Fleming served many different capacities, both academic and athletic. He functioned as admissions director, financial aid director, assistant registrar, athletics director, and coached softball, baseball and tennis. He also taught theological and physical education classes in addition to Greek language courses. As head coach of the men’s golf team, Fleming coached two individual conference champions, Danny Behm (2007) and Ryan Barbieri (2000).

A 1956 graduate of Northwestern Preparatory College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Fleming had six years in the parish ministry at churches in Gibson and Two Creeks, Wisconsin. During that time, he also taught at St. John’s, Gibson and Manitowoc (Wisconsin) Lutheran High School. He served 11 years at Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, as well, coaching a variety of sports.

Fleming is survived by his wife Jan of 50 years; children, James (Rebecca Weeks), Sharon (Kevin Bauer) and Susan (Luke Myslik); grandchildren, Alissa, Leah, Jordan and Tessa Bauer; Harrison, Grant, Grace, Jackson and Lincoln Fleming. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer; mother, Norma. He is also survived by brothers E. David Fleming (Mary) and Dean Fleming; sister Joanne Solofra (Ray); nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 7 beginning at 3 p.m. at Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3700 South Casper Drive, in New Berlin, Wisconsin. The funeral service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Memorials can be directed to the Roger Fleming Senior Scholar-Athlete Award at Wisconsin Lutheran College (a post-graduate award established by the family) or Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.