Richard L. Roe

At the age of 86, Richard L. Roe went home to be with the Lord and his heavenly family on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while residing at Friendship Village of Bloomington. His beloved family was present at his bedside. Richard was a former resident of Prior Lake, MN and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 15, from 4-6 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake, MN and one hour prior to the Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, May 16, 11:00 am at St. Michael Catholic Church 16311 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake. Father Tom Walker will preside and Richard’s grandsons, will act as pall bearers. He will be laid to rest at Credit River Cemetery.

In 1930 in Valparaiso, Chile, South America, George and Sara Larrañaga Roe announced the birth of their son Richard. Born on All Saints Day, November 1 (a Catholic holy day to honor the saints), he was certain this day was created just for him!!! Richard was the oldest of nine children. As the eldest, his younger siblings looked up to him, as Richard helped raised and protected them. At times, he considered himself the boss!!! As a young boy, Richard enjoyed playing soccer (or fútbol in Chile), hiking, skiing and a good chess game.

While attending a party in 1953, Richard was introduced to Monica Blanco. They started dating and on Christmas Day of 1954, Richard and Monica exchanged wedding vows at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Santiago Chile. From this union, he passed on “the boss” status to his wife. They were blessed with two children, Vivian and Rich. Wanting more in life, Richard dreamed of coming to the United States, making millions and returning to Chile to retire. After securing a job and with only $100 in his pocket, Richard set off alone to the US. Six months later, Monica and the two children arrived. They settled their roots in Pennsylvania, where Richard and Monica welcomed three more children, Pauline, Jennifer and Monica. Through the years, special memories were made visiting museums, building kites, taking walks, skiing, entertaining neighbors and Chilean friends and Sunday drives.

In 1969, the Roe family was on the move to Creston, Iowa. Richard spent most of his career as a tool design engineer. In 1980, he took a job with Hitchcock Industries in Bloomington, MN. Richard and the remaining family moved to Prior Lake, MN. He retired in 1996, but he continued to work part time as a consultant for another 10 years. Retiring allowed him to further enjoy his hobbies and wintering in Florida.

Richard had several deep passions. The first was woodworking. He was a gifted craftsman and over the years blessed his family and church with his talents. The second passion was the mission work in Chimbote, Peru. Richard and three other individuals started the Small Business Program for St. Michael’s sister parish in Chimbote. For him, it was passing on the kindness he received from others when Richard entered the United States. His greatest passion was his family. Richard was blessed to be a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He relished the times spent together and treasured every moment.

Truly a wonderful man, Richard was generous, strong and a provider for his family. He was always a joker and loved to be the center of attention and making everyone laugh. Richard knew how to love and how to live. He worked hard, yet took time to smell the roses, and drink vino along the way.

Richard’s legacy will continue on in his wife, Monica Roe; children, Vivian Roe, Rich (Jo) Roe, Pauline (Paul) Drake, Jennifer Roe, Monica (Lee) Swanson; grandchildren, Meagan (Tim), Travis, Neill, Kelly (Chris), Haley, Kyle (Ali), Keith, Drew, Julia, Serena, Jesse; great-grandchildren, Anniston, Anthony, Lillian, Jace, Joslynn, Micah; 8 siblings and their extended family back in Chile; sister-in-law, Maria (Bill Black) Blanco and her children Shannon, Stephen, Susana and their family; and many friends.

Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Richard’s memory by the family.

Preceded in death and there to welcome Richard home in heaven is his parents, George and Sara Roe and Ron Christensen, father of Drew and Julia

Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation, Prior Lake Chapel, proudly served and cared for the Roe family.


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  1. Gail Smith Page :

    I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Roe. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  2. Connie Bryant :

    My deepest sympathy to you all. ♡ When Jenny and I played together as kids, he was always happy, smiling & joking with us. He always made me smile!

  3. Barb and Mark Forrest :

    Mark and I are very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I can tell he was well loved and admired by his beautiful family. He’s built a legacy in all of you. Our love and sympathy.
    Barb and Mark Forrest

  4. Nancy Weisshaar Amdor :

    My sympathy to the family on the loss of your patriarch. How lucky you were to have had him with you here on Earth for so many years. He will be with you now in your memories and in your hearts. Peace to you all.

  5. Liz Sikula von Isser :

    Thinking of you and sending our love and prayers.

  6. So sorry to hear about his passing. I will always remember him with a smile on his face

  7. Maria Kelly :

    My condolences to Jennifer, her mom and sisters…and all who loved him. He is looking down from heaven and thinking of how proud he is to be part of such a beautiful family! Prayers for peace as you grieve him❣️

  8. Tim and Bev Ostertag :

    Monica, we are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. God bless,

  9. I’m so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. What a wonderful man that I had the pleasure of knowing years ago. May he always watch down on the wonderful family that he left behind, and know that he was so loved by all. God bless.

  10. Karen Ivers :

    Dear Monica and family,
    I am truly saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Richard. He was a part of so many of my childhood memories. Please know that you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time and I hope that your wonderful memories will sustain you in the days to come. I miss you all.


  11. María Cristina Atria :

    Acompañandolos en su dolor y rezando por su eterno descanso, con mucho cariño

  12. FAXON ROE L :

    Querida familia, a mi sobrino, sobrinas, y cuñada lamentando no poder estar con Uds., los acompaño con su dolor y oraciones, se realizará una misa por su eterno descanso en la parroquia Nuestra Señora del Rosario el dia sabado 13 de mayo a las 19:30.

  13. Isabel Margarita :

    Querida Monica y familia, los acompañamos en la pascua de Richard
    Con cariño
    Isabel y Rafael

  14. Dear Roe family, our heartfelt condolences for the passing of Richie, may his soul progress in the infinite world of God.
    Many of our friends have joined us with their condolences.
    Loving greetings,
    Edward (brother) and Lina

  15. Bill & Linda Peterson :

    We are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. We considered him a very special friend and loved our times playing bridge together with him and Monica. May God wrap you and your family in His loving arms, Monica. Love and prayers from Linda and Bill.

  16. John Zimmerman :

    Jennifer, so sorry to hear about your dad. It sounds like he was a wonderful man who lived a long full life.

  17. Macarena Larrañaga :

    Monica y familia…que Dios los acompañe y les de tranquilidad en estos momentos dificilies, con cariño
    María Ester Katalinic M
    Macarena Larrañaga K

  18. Recibe Monica .sobrinos. y falmilia. Nuestro muy sentido.pesame estamos desde la distancia con todo nuestro corazon acompañandolos.nuestro hermano descansa en Paz.junto a nuestros Padres. Un abrazo de Fernando. Loreto, Pablo.Gabriel.Daniel. Kelly, Ximena, Carolina y de nuestros nietos Catalina, Matilde, Javiera, Isidora, Francisca, Ignacio y Emilia y el bisnieto Zion.

  19. So very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I am grateful for all the fun times the Roe and Wolfe families spent together. Richard was always very kind and considerate, and a great mentor for me. My condolences to Monica and family . Love, Bob

  20. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all family and friends. May all families look forward to a time in the near future when death will be no more and all sickness will be done away with. Isaiah 25:8 and 33:24.

  21. Joni M. Scott :

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to know Richard and his wonderful family, as well as the privilege of being part of his “Care” team. He will be greatly missed for his sense of humor, that wonderful smile and “big” personality!

  22. Paula Mullin :

    Monica and family,
    We are very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. You were wonderful neighbors for so many years – always sharing your apples and vegetables with us. Richard would be happy to know that his climbing roses are still blooming.
    With our sincere sympathy,
    Steve and Paula Mullin

  23. Cindy Tawaf :

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  24. Marnie Hensel :

    Monica & Pauline,
    I am so very sorry about Richard’s death. I’m sending you and your family prayers. You took such loving care of him in his declining months. May God look after you and your large family.

  25. Melodee and Daryl :

    Rich and Jo,
    I just saw the obituary for Richard. So sorry for your loss. Rich, I never knew your dad, but, knew who he was at a distance. May your memories bring you joyful peace as they keep him alive in your hearts. God bless each of you and your family with His peace.

  26. MIke and Lucy Lavan :

    Dear Rich and Jo – So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Mike and Lucy,

    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Rich and Jo

  28. Lyn Andersen :

    Richard was a patient mentor to a kid who thought he knew it all. To this day, I still use his unique filing techniques and smile as I recall hearing his Chilian “accident”.

    Thank you Richard.

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