Roland Clair Knox

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, April 2, 1926
Date of Death:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Age:
92 years old

Visitation

Date: Monday July 16, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Tuesday July 17, 2018
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Tuesday July 17, 2018
Time: 10:30 am

Location: St. Pius X Catholic Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Rosary Service

Monday, July 16th, 2018 at 7:30pm in the River Park Chapel

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, April 2, 1926
Date of Death:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Age:
92 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Friday, April 2, 1926
Date of Death:
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Age:
92 years old

Roland Clair Knox

Roland Clair Knox passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Fairview Care Center surrounded by family.

Roland (Rollie or R.C.) was born April 2, 1926 on the family farm in Canton, MN, the son of Leland and Leona (Kimball) Knox. Roland grew up in Canton, graduating in 1944 from Canton High School.  While living in Canton, Roland worked at Snyder’s Nurseries, Wicketts Livestock Trucking and drove school bus for Canton School District. He had fond memories of driving bus and he could still name the families on his route. Roland worked for Ruan gas transport, Standard Oil Tank Farm, the Municipal Liquor Store and was proprietor of the Four Winds Truck Stop, all in Spring Valley. His favorite job was working security at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

Roland married Kathleen Balbach February 5, 1949 in Canton at Assumption Catholic Church. They lived in Rochester then moved to Spring Valley in 1950 to raise their family. In the late 80’s they returned to Rochester to make their home. In September 2006, Kathleen passed away.

Roland loved sports especially when his children and grandchildren were participating. He had a very strong faith and always put God first. His family meant the world to him and he treasured his time with them.

He is survived by his children, Susan (Ronald) Weltzin of Rochester, Steven (Julie) of Austin, Craig (Martha) of Byron, Patricia (Scott) Schendel of Butte, MT, Barbara (Richard) Carson of Mesa, AZ, Roland (Theresa) of Safford, AZ, and Mary (Brett) Duffney of Green Bay, WI; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Juanita Clifton of Preston, and Delores Connolly of Canton.

Roland was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen, his parents, one brother, one sister, and one grandson.

A special thank you to the staff of Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center and St. Croix Hospice for their loving care of our dad.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, July 17 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with Rev. Russell Scepaniak and Rev. Thomas Niehaus co-officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, July 16 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday. Rosary service will begin at 7:30 pm during Monday’s visitation. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Canton, MN at 2:00 pm Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org/give.html.

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The family of Roland Clair Knox has received the following condolences.

i have been thinking and praying for the whole knox family, your family has brought me so many good child hood memories. Mr Knox was a kind gentle soul. Take care everyone love donna


  • We are truly sorry to hear of Roland’s passing. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

Mary, I am so sorry for your loss and your family is in my prayers at this difficult time.  I know that your father’s light and legacy will continue to shine through you and your kids!  Brett sends condolences to Luke, as well!


Kathy Patzke

Mary and family,


i am so sorry for your loss. A father is a very special person, and one that you will cherish in your heart  forever. 


Terri