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Nicholas Roger Harring

October 4, 1932 - August 12, 2021

U.S. Veteran
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Posted by:
Jay Pierce

Posted on:
September 6, 2021

My condolences to the entire Harring family for the loss of Coach Harring. He had a significant impact on my life as both a coach and mentor. The environment he built as a football coach is the foundation of what I have tried to establish and maintain for my family and throughout my career. Attributes he passed on include hard work, dedication, accountability, respect, faith, love, compassion, loyalty, etc. I am so happy I was able to make in back to LaCrosse a couple of times to see him and reminisce about the old football days, and more importantly, how the attributes he passed on have benefited me as an individual. May God Bless Coach Harring and his entire family. Amazing Grace Indeed!

Posted by:
Jim Murray

Posted on:
August 28, 2021

Mary and family. So sorry to for to hear of Roger's passing. I still talk about the trip to China, especially our shopping excursion. Mary you were wise enough to carry the completed quilt away with you. Also, the Tina Turner concert... My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by:
Daniel P Franck

Posted on:
August 25, 2021

My condolences to your family, we were neighbors on Main Street, Sue and I were in the same class at Central. May Gods comfort uphold you at this time.

Posted by:
Frank

Posted on:
August 24, 2021

To Mrs. Harring and Family: Please accept my heartfelt condolences regarding the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, love, friend...It is with tremendous heartbreak and incredible pride to be associated with the loss of Coach Harring and the heritage he built. I always ponder the thousands of young men he touched, helping them become better people. Coach's lessons were beyond X's and O's, it involved the building of better persons, for the rest of their lives... May God Bless You and Keep You in Your Time of Need... With the Utmost Sincerity, Frank "Chewy" Losinski UW La Crosse, #73, '77-'81

Posted by:
Dick Nerbun

Posted on:
August 24, 2021

Hi Mary, please accept my condolences on the loss of Roger on behalf of the whole Nerbun family. My mother DeeDee, always spoke so highly of you both. I am left with great memories of both you and Roger having been over to your house a few times for supper while you lived in Ladysmith and having followed Roger from the sidelines as a youngster. It would have been an honor to have played for such a man and coach. May the peace of Christ bless you and the family now and help you through this loss.

Posted by:
Sandra Stiehm Quigley

Posted on:
August 23, 2021

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your husband and dad. Although I never met Roger my father Howard Stiehm spoke of him with great admiration and I know if that was so he had to be a pretty special person. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by:
William

Posted on:
August 23, 2021

To Mary and Family Words are not enough to express our sympathy for your loss. It was great to see you both at the 50th football anniversary in 2019. He reminded me that he recruited me on at a wrestling meet he was refereeing back in 1970, and gave me a little football saying "my first recruit". Well that may be or not. The years rolled by too quickly and so many memories of my years at UW-L, classes, lab work, and of course football still ring true to me each day. Coach got me started in the field I am in today, exercise physiology, now finishing my career as a professor at The Ohio State University. He knew of my interest in the science of health and physical education and put me in contact with Phil Wilson in my freshman year to do work-study in the Human Performance Lab and Cardiac Rehab program. As we all knew he was interested in his players beyond the field. I was fortunate to play for him in the 71 through 74 seasons. I saw the embryonic start and growth of the legend. I remember that first championship game was in the last game of the 71 season against UW River Falls and the win resulted his first championship. I still have a black and white picture of myself on the ground in the end zone after we scored one of our touchdowns. Pictures were so rare back then. He was so excited for the team and the coaches. I can only repeat what 1000s of others have said of him on many fronts but each of us carry with us our own unique experiences on life's journey with him. He had an extraordinary life filled with love of family, friends and yes students and his players. His life long accomplishments will matched by but provides a role model for us all. Thus I know that this makes his loss bitter sweet for us all. Mary I thank you for your kindness to us all over the years. So many memories of my time at UW-L which started as LaCrosse State University and my wife, Joan, who similar to you and Coach, I met at UWL. So from classes, conditioning programs, to practices to pre-game ready rooms - to road trips- to more practices - to the ups and downs of each year to watching him try to be a plumber at your rental house I stayed at one summer, I was fortunate to see the many aspects of Coach. May you and your family know that for Joan and I along with our adult children who know of him well, we give you our deepest sympathy for your loss and our prayers are with you as you move forward keeping his memories alive. I know many will. As Ever, Bill Kraemer "50" 71,72, 73, 74 teams...

Posted by:
Ed Steinbrecher

Posted on:
August 23, 2021

So saddened on learning of the passing of this special person. Our sympathy to Mary and the Harring family. So many memories of our undergraduate days at La Crosse. From rooming at 1321 Main, classes in Old Main and Wittich Hall, and "occasional" trips to 3rd Street, he was always there for everyone. It is understandable to see the success he attained both professionally and as a husband and father. He was so proud of his family and of La Crosse. His legacy is great, an exemplary life that all can aspire to.

Posted by:
KATHLEEN ERLIHC

Posted on:
August 18, 2021

To Mary and Family, I am grateful for our years of friendship at UWL and am very sorry for your loss of your husband, father, grandfather. He was quite a special light in the lives of young athletes and the rest of us who had the opportunity to know him. Sending prayers. Kate Erlich

Posted by:
Eric (EJ) Johnson

Posted on:
August 17, 2021

My deepest condolences to Mary and the Harring family. He loved all of you so much. Roger's passing last week was the most devastating news I have received in 20 years. I arrived at La Crosse from another university where the head coach didn't care about his players. Coach Harring was the polar opposite. Coach Harring and Coach Chris stressed the importance of family, school, then athletics. I have so many fond memories of Coach Harring. The many conversations we had on the field, in his office, or his home. I spent a lot of time with Coach Harring and Mary while doing different updates on their house, coaching at his football camps, and bringing my kids to meet him while we had lunch. I would not be who am -- or where I am -- without Coach Harring. He was such a special, special person. He cared about all of his players -- it didn't matter if you were 1st string or 6th. His success was not an accident. The positive impact he had on the young men on his team will continue for many, many years. I am thankful that he knew that I loved him, as I told him many times. He is in a better place but, boy, am I going to miss him. I love you coach. EJ

Posted by:
Harold Samorian

Posted on:
August 17, 2021

Mary and family, as he loved others, he was truly loved by our families. Going back to his young days in Green Bay, all of the connections along the way, we wouldn't be married today if not for Coach Harring. Now resting in the peace of Christ where we all hope to join him. Peace to you all. Sam and Laura Harold "Sam" Samorian and Laura Hearden Samorian

Posted by:
Ron & Donna Mae Phillips

Posted on:
August 16, 2021

Mary & Family -- we were so surprised and saddened to read of Roger's passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Posted by:
Bart Heckendorf

Posted on:
August 16, 2021

Thanks Coach! Lots of great football memories ? But my favorite memory is walking in your back door and dropping off fresh fish that I had caught on a nearby trout stream.

Posted by:
John Bartlett

Posted on:
August 16, 2021

My condolences to the Harring family.

Posted by:
Craig Chrest

Posted on:
August 16, 2021

I loved that man!

Posted by:
David H Colton

Posted on:
August 16, 2021

Met Roger and Mary when we lived in Onalaska and traveled to Cuba. Loved his stories and the fun we had. Great memories we won't forget. R.I. P. David & Paula Colton

Posted by:
david whitehorn

Posted on:
August 15, 2021

I am very saddened to learn of Coach's passing. I was lucky and blessed to have known him throughout my years in La Crosse, as UW-L Sports Information Director in the early '70s, then as a reporter with the La Crosse Tribune. He was always a giving man, and obliging and a pleasure to work with no matter what the situation, whether it was the many postgame interviews or the weekly radio or TV shows we produced together. Beyond that, though, was the counsel he offered to his players. I am witness to countless times that he helped young people through his genuine love and interest in their situations. His door was always open to whomever needed some fatherly advice or love ... or if you just wanted to talk. On the field, as a coach, his record stands as testament to his many great players and teams. May you rest in peace Coach. My most sincere condolences to his family.