Joseph Francis Roerick was born on August 11, 1947 on the family farm in Pierce County, North Dakota, the son of Anton and Josephine (Mosset) Roerick. He died on December 31, 2015 in Burien, Washington. He went to school in Esmond. On November 16, 1967 he joined the United States Army and served his country with distinction in Vietnam. He was decorated with the Army Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart with Cluster in addition to five other military honors, the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, Combat Infantry Badge, National Defense Service Medal, and Rifle Marksman Badge. He was honorably discharged on June 22, 1969 and returned to his parent’s farm in Pierce County. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Joseph married Faye Axtman on August 8, 1970 in Orrin, North Dakota. They moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota for a short time and returned to North Dakota. He attended a trucking school in Wisconsin and operated a truck for about 2 years. They returned to the farm in Pierce County and farmed with his father and later moved to Texas to attend a welding school. They lived there for about a year and moved to Washington in 1977. He worked as a welder at a steel fabrication company and semi-retired in 1993 because of his health. He was a loving grandfather in the care he gave his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Faye – Tukwila, Washington; one son, Jeremy and his wife Donna Roerick Seattle, Washington; and three grandchildren, Nikita, Val, and Jeremy, Jr. Roerick. He also leaves sisters Dolores Wentz Esmond, North Dakota ; Agnes Evenson Fargo; and Betty Roerick Texas. He also is survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers David, Theodore, and Edward Roerick, and a sister, Eva Kraft.
Funeral Services were held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Burien, Washington on January 5, 2016.
A prayer service will be held at the Niewoehner Funeral Home in Rugby on Wednesday, January 13th at 7 P.M. Visitation will be from 4 o’clock until the time of the service.
He will be buried with military honors in Little Flower Catholic Cemetery in Rugby in the spring.
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