Lawrence "Shorty" Roes
December 21, 1937 ~ September 9, 2015
Lawrence E. Roes, age 77 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Chautauqua Guest Homes, Inc. in Charles City, IA. Lawrence “Shorty” Roes was born December 21, 1937, the son of William and Wilhemine “Minnie” (Gasseling) Roes in Hemingford, NE. He was a 1958 graduate from Hemingford High School. After graduating, Shorty entered the United States Army. Upon returning from the military, Shorty was united in marriage to Lois Testroet on April 4, 1964 at St. Bridgette’s Catholic Church in Hemingford. The couple made their home in Ionia, IA where they raised their two sons, Thomas and Daniel. Shorty worked hard all his life to provide what his family needed: a house, food, work ethic, and a true sense of security. In his lifetime he was an athlete, went to college; was a farmer, a carpenter, a softball coach, his sons’ cheerleader (you could hear him from the stands), a factory worker, furniture delivery man, a gas station attendant, and a 33-year veteran of the Ionia Fire Department. He was quiet but loved to play. He stood his ground when he needed, bending when warranted. He loved family. When his family thinks of all the lives he touched, they smile because that quiet gentle giant tried to make life a better place with a helping hand. Shorty had many interests, including Nascar, books, the Nebraska Huskers, and playing cards. In the words of his children, “He was a son, brother, husband, grandfather, and we called him a great grandfather. We also called him friend and Dad. God bless you, Pop. We love you and know you will be our guardian angel.” Shorty is survived by his two sons, Thomas (Theresa Bailey) Roes of Nevada, IA and Daniel (Jody) Roes of Onalaska, WI; his grandchildren, Trevor and Collin Roes, Ray Wisecup, Candice Washington and Kristina Ellis; 5 great-grandchildren; one sister, Teresa Wehling of Broken Bone, NE and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Lois; and his seven brothers, Victor, Albert, Bernard, Donald, Everett, Herman and Marcus.