Richard A. Rogala
Richard “Dick” A. Rogala, age 84, passed away at his home in Grayslake, IL on Saturday, January 7th with his family by his side. Dick was born on January 21, 1938 in Waukegan, IL to parents Alex E. and Mary E (nee Korjenek) Rogala.
Dick attended Holy Family Grade School, Loras Academy and was in the first graduating class of North Chicago High School. After high school, he proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years as a radio operator. After the Air Force, he attended Illinois State University where he met his future wife, Diane L. Hattendorf. Following graduation from ISU, he and Diane were married on August 15, 1964.
Dick enjoyed his family, history, vintage airplanes, old movies, playing golf, doing taxes as an AARP Tax Counselor in Waukegan and was a lifelong Chicago White Sox fan. Dick and Diane raised their family in Lindenhurst, IL before moving to Grayslake. He was a great father, coaching his children’s baseball, softball, and floor hockey teams and attending all their activities. As a proud grandfather, he loved going to gymnastics meets, dance recitals, volleyball games, tennis matches and anything else his granddaughters were doing. For the last few years, he also enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida with Diane.
Surviving family members include his wife of 58 years, Diane (nee Hattendorf) Rogala of Grayslake, son Mark of Vernon Hills, daughter Ali of Glendale Heights, daughter Erica (Jayson) Hardersen of Johnsburg and grandchildren Ava and Rylee Hardersen. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert M. Rogala.
Visitation from 9:30-11:30 on Friday January 13th at Strang Funeral Chapel 410 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake. Funeral mass follows at noon at St. Mary of the Annunciation; 22333 W Erhart Road, Mundelein. Internment at Highland Memorial Park, Libertyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Fisher House Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse, or your favorite charity. For more information please log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call (847)223-8122. To view the livestream of the the funeral mass please log onto https://www.facebook.com/stmarymundelein