Carlton Roessler -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A memorial service for Carlton W. Roessler will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with the Rev. Bruce Buller officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Roessler, 101, a longtime resident of Rochester, died Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2006) at his residence.

Born Feb. 2, 1905, in Minneapolis, he grew up in Rochester and quit school after eighth grade to help support his family. He then went into the Army. Returning from service, he went back to high school and graduated at age 25. He played trombone in many bands and played under Harold Cook in the Rochester Band and Symphony. He worked as manager of Murphy Finance for 40 years, retiring in 1967. He then worked for Blue &; White cab and then the pro shop at Soldier's Field Golf Course until 1988. On Feb. 24, 1939, he married Fern L. Bolton in Cresco, Iowa. She was a homemaker. He was the first Life Master of Bridge in Rochester and was the first golfer on Soldier's Field Golf Course following its re-opening in 1990 after flood-control work.

Survivors include two sons, Jarry (Donna) of Granbury, Texas, and Richard (Marylynn) of Fond du Lac, Wis.; a daughter, Carleen Olson of Rochester; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lewis J. (Dolores) of Rochester; and special friend, Geraldine Giere of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his wife on May 12, 1996, three sisters and two brothers.

Friends may call an hour before the service at the funeral home.


The family prefers memorials to the Salvation Army.

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