Roger Chase

Roger Cameron Chase of Bayside, Wis., passed away on May 4, 2022, at the age of 83.

He was the son of the late A. Victor Chase and Helen Voight Chase, the brother of the late David M. Chase and is survived by brother Richard (Nancy) Chase.

Roger is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Phyllis Trostel Chase; his children Timothy (Ramona) Chase, Deborah (William) Kuptz and Cynthia (Dean) Check. He is further survived by his grandchildren  Samuel Chase, Haley (Ryan) Schmitt and Dylan Check.

He is also survived by his brother and sister in-law Joe and Louise Hoffman.

Roger graduated from Milwaukee University School and attended the University of Miami and Mississippi Southern.

After college, he returned to Milwaukee to work at the family business, The Fiebing Chemical Co., as an executive, and he married Phyllis Trostel in 1960.

Upon his retirement from Fiebing in the late 1980s, Roger and Phyllis began to travel the country and collect unique and eclectic antiques. That love of collecting had them purchase and open the Grafton Antique Mall in the early 1990s. This brought them great joy to share their collections with others.

Being an entrepreneur, when the opportunity presented itself to purchase the neighboring restaurant property, Roger jumped at the chance. In 1997, the Ghost Town Tavern and Restaurant was born in the building of the former Ulao Inn, one of Wisconsin’s premier supper clubs.

Roger and his family operated the restaurant until 2005, when he again retired (this time for good) and leased the restaurant to Mike “Juice” Gannon.

Roger lived a full life and was an avid golfer, bowler, angler and traveler. Roger and Phyllis traveled the globe aboard Holland America Line, becoming 4-star medallion travelers to destinations including Europe, the Caribbean and Alaska.

Roger had been enjoying the Northwoods since the late 1960s in St. Germain at his cottage at Ed Gabes Lost Lake Resort. Enjoying the lake life so much, in 2001 Roger jumped on the opportunity to purchase a lake home on Friess Lake, which was an easier commute.

The family would like to thank the staff of Elizabeth Residence for their care and compassion over the past several months, as well as the staff from Perceptor Home Health and Hospice.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 4 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, 979 N. Green Bay Rd., Grafton.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 3:45 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Roger was a very charitable lifelong animal lover, preceeded in death by many pets, including his beloved cats Fufu and Baby Cat. Donations can be made in Roger’s memory to the Wisconsin Humane Society as well as Feeding America and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Gone but never forgotten, I hope they have better soup in heaven, and it doesn’t taste like “bait.”




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