Bill Roll, 85, of rural El Dorado Springs, passed away peacefully at his home on May 7, 2019, under the care of his loving daughter, Eunice. He is the middle child of 14 children born to Mike and Rosa (Reichert) Roll on the family farm eight miles north of Burt, ND, on March 22, 1934.
Everyone loved Bill. “His charisma and charm were contagious; he never met a stranger.” He will be deeply missed by family and scores of life-long friends spread near and far. He took great pride in his work, and accomplished much with his stout German roots. He was a self-taught master mechanic and could fix anything. His career spans farming, creamery station owner in ND, trucking company owner in Los Angeles, CA, Mobile gas station owner, cookware salesman, rabbit farm owner in Albuquerque, NM, foreman for American Tank Company in Nevada, owner of Roll’s Diner at Lake Pomme de Terre, and lastly, Superior Lumber Co., a family-run sawmill established in 1981. He did most of this with his devoted wife of 52 years, Winifred L. (Wright) Bradley, who predeceased him in July 2016. Occasionally, he took time to hunt and fish, but was generally too dedicated to his work to leave it for very long.
Bill is survived by five children – Eunice (Mike) Tichenor and Lill (LaVoe) Davis, both of Lamar, Will Roll and Kathy Marthe of Hurst, TX, and Mitch (Dr. Ildiko, fiancé) Roll of Dallas, TX; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He leaves behind four sisters – Eva Zentner and Delores (Marlin) Lee Schneider, both of Mott, ND, and Ann Kuntz and Viola Dauenhauer, both of Billings, MT; and 46 nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents, four sisters, infant Selma, Barbara Kautzman, Gladys Humeston, and Sally (Marlin) Schneider; and five brothers, Johnny, Jerome, Paully, Seb (Norita) and Marty (Betty).
The family wishes to thank all the Amish neighbors for their friendship, kindness and help through the years.
Heartfelt appreciation is extended to the Hospice Compasses Team of Osceola, for the five months they helped Eunice care for Bill as he battled eye/liver cancer. And previously for their care of Winifred in 2016.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to Hospice Compasses of Osceola through Bland-Brumback Funeral Home, Stockton.
Services begin Friday, May 17, in St Peter’s Catholic Church with burial in Moore Catholic Cemetery, Filley.