Wilfrid Roi, 92, of Granite Falls, died Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Granite Falls Health Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the St Andrew Catholic Church in Granite Falls. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Wilfrid (Willie) Roderick Roi, was born January 30, 1926 at Louisville Township, in Red Lake County. He was the youngest of three sons of Homer and Leonore (Huot) Roi. Willie was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. He attended country school through the 8th grade and Northwest Agricultural School in Crookston. Dur-ing his first year he contracted rheumatic fever and never returned.
He obtained his GED years later. Willie was united in marriage to Dorothy Mireault in Dorothy, Minnesota at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church on September 13, 1949. They celebrated their 68th anniversary in 2017. From this union five children were born. Willie worked in East Grand Forks a few years before moving to Seattle, WA in 1952 where he worked at Boeing.
Nine months later they moved back to East Grand Forks and he started working for NSP. In 1972 NSP transferred him to Granite Falls. After 34 years he happily retired in 1988 and they enjoyed many years of traveling in their camper, wintering in Arizona, and flying around the country. Willie loved the outdoors. He was a frequent visitor of the goose blinds in Lac qui Parle, the fishing boats on Lake of the Woods and the “deer stands” in Crookston. Don’t forget the salmon and halibut in the Gulf of Alaska and the moose of northern Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Daniel (Barb) of Rosemount, daughter Diane (Dan) Picht of Granite Falls, and daughter Donna (Dan) Knutson of Eagan; five grandchildren “Our Angels” Jason Roi, Laura (Neil) Smith, Julie (Matt) Seely, Cody (Samantha) Knutson and Jesse Knutson; and one great grandson, Avery Smith. He was preceded in death by his infant twin sons, Dennis and Joseph; parents Homer and Leonore, brothers Leo and Louie. Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls.