Roman Emmet Walch (Charlie Brown), age 80, of Winona and formerly of Altura, died Friday, December 20, 2013, at Lake Winona Manor.
Roman was born August 1, 1933, on the family farm in Altura to Leonard and Lucile (Frisch) Walch. He attended Altura Elementary School, Cotter High School, and Lewiston High School, graduating in 1951. He then attended St. Mary’s College for three years before enlisting in the military. He served at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where he earned his electrician license, in Alaska (near the Siberian Coast), and at Beal Air Force Base in California until 1957. On January 7, 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Alyce Wirt.
Following military service, Roman and Mary raised their six children while operating the home dairy farm where Roman grew up. Roman was a member of the Elba Creamery Board, St. Anthony Church in Altura, and the Resource Center of St. Charles.
Roman was proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with Mary, their children and grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many trips to Lake Mille Lacs, Canada, and other places. In their later years, Roman and Mary spent each night together playing cribbage at Lake Winona Manor. Roman also enjoyed reading and watching television.
Roman is survived by his wife, Mary, two sons and four daughters: Deb (Sean) Malay, Sue Ellen (Scott) Ludford, James (Julie) Walch, Jeni (Blake) Luehmann, Michael (Michelle) Walch, Lori (Michael) Reed; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters: Joan (Don) Simon Sr. Cabrini Walch, Katy (Dick) Kreutter, Rita (James) Suchomel; sister-in-law, Jane Roth; and brother-in-law, Russell (Donna) Wirt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: John Walch and Tom Walch; two sisters: Genevieve Roth and Mary Kronebusch; brothers-in-law: Jacque Roth and Harlan Kronebusch; and sister-in-law, Rebecca (Wirt) Walch.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Monday, December 23, 2013, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona. Father James Berning officiated.
Roman will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery at Oak Ridge, rural Altura, at a later date.
Following the Mass, the American Legion Leon J. Wetzel Post 9 provided full military honors outside the church.
A special thank-you to the staff at Lake Winona Manor for the great care and love shown to Roman and Mary for the past several years.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Roman’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
Entrusted to our care – Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home.