Roland Knox, 92, formerly of Spring Valley

Roland Knox

Roland Clair Knox, 92, of Rochester, formerly of Canton and Spring Valley, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Fairview Care Center surrounded by family. 

He was born on April 2, 1926, on the family farm in Canton, the son of Leland and Leona (Kimball) Knox.

He grew up in Canton, graduating in 1944 from Canton High School.

While living in Canton, he worked at Snyder's Nurseries, Wicketts Livestock Trucking and drove a school bus for Canton School District. He had fond memories of driving bus and he could still name the families on his route. He worked for Ruan gas transport, Standard Oil Tank Farm, the Municipal Liquor Store and was proprietor of the Four Winds Truck Stop, all in Spring Valley. His favorite job was working in security at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

He married Kathleen Balbach on Feb. 5, 1949, in Canton at Assumption Catholic Church.

They lived in Rochester then moved to Spring Valley in 1950 to raise their family. In the late ‘80s they returned to Rochester to make their home. In September 2006, his wife died. 

He loved sports, especially when his children and grandchildren were participating. He had a very strong faith and always put God first. His family meant the world to him and he treasured his time with them.

He is survived by his children, Susan (Ronald) Weltzin of Rochester, Steven (Julie) of Austin, Craig (Martha) of Byron, Patricia (Scott) Schendel of Butte, Mont., Barbara (Richard) Carson of Mesa, Ariz., Roland (Theresa) of Safford, Ariz., and Mary (Brett) Duffney of Green Bay, Wis.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and sisters, Juanita Clifton of Preston and Delores Connolly of Canton. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen; one brother; one sister and one grandson.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester with the Rev. Russell Scepaniak and the Rev. Thomas Niehaus co-officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 16, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the mass at the church on Tuesday. Rosary service will begin at 7:30 p.m. during Monday's visitation. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Canton at 2 p.m. Tuesday. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at

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