Allan D. Roof, 68, of Tomah died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Tomah Memorial Hospital with his wife by his side.
He was born to Stanley and Alyce (Kimzey) Roof, an only child, Nov. 22, 1948, in Sparta. He was a member of the Tomah High School Graduating Class of 1966. After High School he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated in 1971 with a Major in soil science. Allan furthered his education with a Masters of business administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1983. He worked at the railroad while going to college the first time, then with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist, and then as the first Animal Control Officer for Monroe County. He shifted to working for the Toro Company from 1978 to 1982. He was a Certified Soil Tester and conducted on-site evaluations for rural residential sewage systems. He also worked with the Wisconsin Wildlife Damage Abatement program for a number of years. In 1982, he started as the Monroe County Solid Waste & Recycling Manager where he worked for over 25 years, retiring in 2005.
Allan was an Aviation Enthusiast. He learned to fly from his great uncle, Victor Bloyer, and earned his Private Pilot license in 1970, his Commercial Pilot license in 1971, and his Flight Instructor Certificate July 3, 1973. He held ratings for multi-engine, instrument, and sea plane. He also held a Canadian Private pilot license with sea plane rating. He spent the following decades flying and sharing his love of flying with others by teaching them how to fly. Allan also served our community in many ways. He was a substitute teacher for the Tomah School District, served on the Selective Service Board for over 20 years, and was currently serving as a supervisor on the town of Grant board. He also chaired the local Friends of the NRA Foundation committee, a non-profit organization which raises funds for firearms related programs including youth, new shooters, and women shooters. He kept his H.S. classmates informed through email and as the administrator for the Class of 1966 Facebook page. His most recent project was helping to rejuvenate and rededicate the Dennis Senz memorial at the Senz baseball field at Tomah H.S., working on the Class of 1966 50th class reunion, and helping establish a Class of ’66 scholarship for the 66th ranked student at Tomah H.S. The first award of this scholarship was this year. He also loved to share beautiful and interesting photos on his public Facebook page, Tomah air photos, taken from his airplane. He is a Benefactor member of the NRA, belonged to his father’s 388th Bomb Group Association, was a member of the Monroe County Republicans, and was a faithful member of the Open Door Baptist Church. Allan enjoyed hunting, especially deer hunting on his farm, and took numerous trips to Wyoming to hunt antelope and mule deer.
Allan also enjoyed traveling within the United States with his wife, Tracy. Some of their favorite States to visit were South Dakota, Arizona, and Wyoming. They took several trips in their airplane to Arkansas and Missouri. Their first and longest trip together with Allan as pilot was to Florida. It was quite an adventure in a small two seat plane! They also enjoyed attending the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., rarely missing a year. Other favorite adventures for Allan included traveling on short notice with his friends to pick up newly purchased airplanes with them.
He is survived by his long time and loving wife, Tracy (Wildes) of Tomah; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Loren and Vicki R. (Griffin) Wildes of Warrens; his sister-in-law, Sheila (Mark) Whitley of Chippewa Falls; brother-in-law, Matthew (Vicki L.) Wildes; nephews, Mark, Ryan, Preston; and niece, Bailey Wildes of Camp Douglas; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. His family will truly miss his loving presence at family gatherings, his intelligence, resourcefulness, and kind heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Mark Wildes.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Open Door Baptist Church, 7294 County Hwy O, Tomah. Pastor Cass Shell will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery, Tunnel City.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St. Tomah, and from noon Friday, until the time of the service at the church.
Online Condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamily.com.