An avid sportsman, Roman Mathias Walz, age 77 of Perham, MN died peacefully Saturday, November 4, 2017 as the sun rose on the opening day of deer hunting.
Roman was born March 4, 1940 at home on the farm in Bluffton, MN. He was the youngest of eight children to parents Alois and Margaret (Hammes) Walz. He gradutated Wadena High School in 1958 and married his high school sweetheart Kathleen Mitchell on April 29, 1961. Together they raised their three children in Perham.
Roman was a dedicated insurance agent for 52 years, was active at St. Henry’s Church and loved the great outdoors. Hunting, fishing, berry-picking, gardening, pickling, cooking, grilling and smoking foods in a stripped refrigerator were a few of his many passions. In his later years, he spent numerous hours at “the farm” near Parkers Prairie, MN. As many know, Roman was a talented wood craftsman and his family and friends benefited from his workmanship. His three children and grandchildren brought so much joy to his life, especially when he watched their sporting events and spent time hunting and fishing with them.
Some of Roman’s special qualities that will be cherished were his quick wit, sense of humor, strong faith, patriotism, intelligence, ability to work crossword puzzles, asking “What is…” during Jeopardy, his constant whistle, generosity, sincerity, loyalty and love for his family and friends.
Surviving Roman is his wife Kathleen of Perham; his two daughters Michelle (Tim) Iverson of Carlos, MN and Sandra Walz of West Chester, PA; his son Jeffrey Walz of Isle, MN; three grandchildren Tyler, Katie and Shelby Iverson; his sister Margaret Kraemer of Wadena, MN; his brother Phillip Walz of Fullerton, CA; sister-in-law Joanne Walz of Sebeka, MN; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Roman in death were his parents Alois and Margaret Walz; his daughter Mary; father and mother-in-law William and Marian (Callahan) Mitchell; his brothers Raymond, Bernard, Richard (Bonnie), Vincent (Peggy) and Alois Jr. (Rosie); his brother-in-law Francis Kraemer; and his sister-in-law LaDean Walz.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 22, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by the memorial Mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham. Inurnment will be in St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Bluffton, MN.
Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham, MN (218) 346-5175 www.schoenebergerfh.com