Roger Bruce Magner

Roger Bruce Magner

February 5, 1947 – February 27, 2022

Roger Bruce Magner, age 75, a life-long resident of Omaha, Nebraska, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

Roger was born in Omaha, NE on February 5, 1947, to James and Hazel Magner.  He and his big brother, Jerry, shared a birthday exactly two years apart.  Roger was a graduate of Benson High School, where he participated in band, excelled in football and gymnastics, and met his bride-to-be, Sherry Carpenter.  When the draft was underway Roger enlisted in the Navy.  Prior to his time in Vietnam, he and his new bride lived in Guam for almost two years.  He was always proud of his service and greatly respected the discipline and duty of those who served.

Roger worked at Union Pacific Railroad for 37 years, where he made several lifetime friends.  His career started with field work on the signal installation gang, many years in the data center and ultimately became a computer engineer/programmer earning his Degree at UNO along the way.

Roger spent many years enjoying weekends with the family at Hansen Lake, occasional camping trips and later consistent bigger trips traveling to more tropical locations with his wife and in-laws.  For years he was an avid golfer, but he would tell you he spent more time searching for golf balls in the weeds and enjoying a beer in the parking lot, than on the greens.

Roger had a quiet consistent generosity.  He delivered diapers to Lydia House once a month on payday, would frequently drop off money at the Food Bank of the Heartland and he enjoyed supporting the performing arts at Papillion/LaVista High School.   His grandkids were also frequent beneficiaries of his generosity.

Roger recently enjoyed a road trip to Colorado with his sons visiting lifelong friends.  He loved whiskey and a cigar, a good joke, a well-timed witty remark, old westerns, a bargain, a steak dinner, a basic black coffee with sweet roll, movie quotes and generally knew a fact or tidbit about a whole lot of things.

Roger was incredibly proud and routinely impressed by his family, who loved him and will miss him dearly.

Roger was preceded in death by parents, Jim and Hazel Magner.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sherry Magner; sons, Chris Magner, Todd Magner (Michele whom he loved like a daughter); grandchildren: Tessa, Maya and Logan; brother, Jerry Magner (Linda Acquazzino); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Bruce Carpenter (Anna Marie), Kim Zersen (Bill) and Kay Menard (Butch).

Family will receive friends Saturday, March 5th from 5pm to 7pm at West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Sunday, March 6th, 1pm at West Center Chapel. Private Interment: Forest Lawn



  • Deborah Ferris Posted March 2, 2022 11:03 am

    Ron and I send our most profound condolences on Rogers passing. We were frequent dinner companions at the home of Todd and Michele. Run always look forward to chasing balls and drinking beer with Roger any time they got to play golf together. He will be missed, a big void at our family gatherings.

  • Dave Cavanaugh Posted March 3, 2022 11:32 am

    My deepest condolences. I worked with Roger at Union Pacific. Roger was congenial and professional all the time. He will be missed.

  • Jim Busenbark Posted March 3, 2022 3:30 pm

    I worked with Roger many years in the UPRR Data Center. What I remember most was his quick wit and long but interesting stories (sometimes exaggerated to add a touch of humor). Occasionally, the crew that worked the second shift at UPRR would stop at the Capitol Bar after work to ‘relax’ a bit before going home. Those trips were always more fun with Roger there.
    Roger was always very polite and considerate. Great guy and I am glad to have know him.

  • Sherry Ziegenbein McDonnell Posted March 6, 2022 2:39 pm

    Sherry and family I am saddened to hear of Roger’s passing and send my thoughts to you all. Condolences from a fellow “Bunny”

  • Sandy Stricklin Posted March 6, 2022 4:31 pm

    Roger is my cousin. He and Jerry are the cousins that my sister and I grew up with. I have many wonderful childhood memories. We celebrated many Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve together. I loved Roger’s quick wit. He always made me laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I will miss him.

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