Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Roman H. Derichs of Watkins died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was 74.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Fr. John Brunner officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, and from 8-10 a.m. Monday at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Parish rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home followed by parish prayers at 6 p.m. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Cemetery.
Roman H. Derichs was born Aug. 7, 1936, in Elrosa to John and Mary (Stang) Derichs. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Jan. 24, 1961, Roman was united in marriage to Rhea "Cookie" Stockinger at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. A celebration of their 50th anniversary was recently held with family. Roman worked as a stone sawyer at the Cold Spring Granite Company for 42 years, retiring in 2000. After retiring, he worked as a custodian at the EDA apartments in Watkins. Roman was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. His hobbies included playing cards, visiting the casino, and listening to old-time music. Roman enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his dog Buddy. He could often be seen driving them around town in his "dune buggy" golf cart.
Roman was preceded in death by his parents; granddaugher Erica Blakely; brothers and sisters Gilbert, Ralph, Jerome and Harold Derichs, Julia Hoelker, Marion Hoelker, Lorraine Hiltner, and Agnes Lenarz.
He is survived by his wife Rhea "Cookie" Derichs of Watkins; children Jean (and Arnie) Roehlke of Big Lake, Lori (and Terry) Serbus of Watkins, Judy Blakely of Apple Valley, Karen (and Ryan) Ludemann of Glenwood City, Wis., John (and Karen) Derichs of Richmond, Joyce (and Jason) Manske of Big Lake; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother and sisters Robert (and Jan) Derichs of Melrose, Rosie (and Dennis) Rooney of Richmond, Dorothy (and Ray) Kemper of Barnesville; and many nieces and nephews.
Casket bearers will be grandsons Lance Roehlke, Travis Serbus, Tyler Serbus, Matthew Ludemann, Benjamin Ludemann, Aaron Derichs, Nathen Derichs, and Jacob Manske. Arrangements are with the Ertl Funeral Home, in Watkins.