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Michael Rogan, 42, dies while bringing pregnant wife to hospital after deer strikes their van on Hwy 97 in Marathon County, Wisconsin

Modified Date: 
Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:32pm
Accident Date: 
Friday, April 17, 2015

Father killed in crash on the way to birth of 8th child

Longtime friends of the couple, Dominic and Cecilia Gruetzmacher, say Niki Rogan homeschools her children, ranging in age from the newborn to 15 years old.

GoFundMe: Fund for Widowed New Mother of 8

Please help us reach out and support this family in this time of profound loss. Your donations will be used to buy a replacement vehicle, to pay for funeral and medical expenses, and to create a safety net for the future welfare of the family. All donations will be transferred directly to Niki.

Update: Father of 7 on way to have 8th child dies in deer crash

One person is dead after a deer hit two vehicles early Friday morning, according to a post on the Marathon County Sheriff's Department Facebook page.

Obituary: Michael James Rogan

For the past 8 years he owned and operated Arnie’s Farm Care and he assisted organic farmers all across the state. He was a member of St. Mary’s Oratory, the church choir and The Holy Name Society. He enjoyed beer making, hunting, and spending time with his children in the woods. He was a good and loyal friend and loved his faith. 


Michael Rogan was a sergeant with the Marine Corps.  

Friends and family remember father of 7 on way to have 8th child who dies in deer crash

"What a strong woman to go through the accident, go through labor, before labor she told the children,” said Jade Nikolai.

Communty Supports as Family Celebrates New Life and Death

"That juxtaposition of life and death all happening in one day, within hours of each other. Just to have one of those things happen is so profound, but to have them both happen so closely together, I think people are really stricken by that," said Cecilia.

Father of 7 dies on way to deliver 8th child in Wausau, prayers and plea for funds for widow homeschooling mother of 8!

I found out that the Rogan family are members at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau run by the Institute of Christ the King.

Marathon County Sheriff's Department post

This is an informational update from the Marathon County Sheriff's Office regarding the car-deer crash on STH-97 in the Town of Cleveland this morning.

Deer-Vehicle Crash Information Clearinghouse

This website was established to be a focal-point resource for practitioners trying to find better information and methods connected to the problem of deer-vehicle crashes.

Marathon County Sheriff's Department page

Purchase Un-Redacted Crash Reports from the State of WI - Follow on-line instructions

Father killed in deer crash on way to birth of 8th child

"His greatest love was his family," Tami Richardson said of her brother-in-law. "He was strong and patient with the children."

Wisconsin Department of Transportation: Deer Crash Statistics

Deer are the third most commonly struck object in Wisconsin (behind striking another vehicle and striking a fixed object).

Donations Pour in for Wisconsin Family Who Lost Husband, Father in Crash

“She (Niki Rogan) was crying and said, ‘I don’t know what to say,'” said friend Dominic Gruetzmacher of Wausau. “And I just said, ‘Know that you are loved.'”

Contributions Mount for Family of 8 Children Who Lost Father

Donors have contributed more than $300,000 for a Wisconsin family of eight children who lost their father when a deer struck his van.
Marathon County Sheriff's officials say a car struck a deer on Highway 97 in the Town of Cleveland early Friday. The deer was then thrown into the windshield of a van driven by 42-year-old Michael Rogan of Stratford, and Rogan died at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. At the time of the accident, Rogan was driving his wife, Niki, to the hospital for the birth of their 8th child. Niki and their seven children suffered minor injuries in the crash and were also brought to St. Joseph's, where Niki gave birth to a baby boy hours later. According to a GoFundMe page set up by friends of the family, Michael Rogan's funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 25, at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Michael Rogan
Niki Rogan
Highway 97

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