Roy W. Korsman
03/12/1929 - 01/16/2019
Roy W. Korsman, 89, of Gilbert, passed away, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Range Funeral Home at 12:00 pm with visitation one-hour prior. Kenneth Loveall will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.
Roy W. Korsman was born on March 12, 1929, to John and Lempi (Koivisto) Korsman. He grew up on his parent’s farm where he loved to hunt and fish. Roy graduated from Gilbert High School in 1947. On July 3, 1948, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Noble. In 1952, Roy purchased his own farm in the St. Louis River area. The couple traveled to Hawaii on an Agricultural Tour. Roy worked at Staver’s Foundry in Virginia for 25 years. He was a certified seed potato grower and also raised Hereford cattle. Roy served on the Board of Directors for the North St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District for 29 years, Palo Mutual Insurance for 25 years, Range Cooperatives, Inc. for 18 years, and also served as an Agricultural Inspector for St. Louis County for 29 years.
After the death of his first wife from breast cancer, Roy married Jean Perpich on August 14, 1981. In 1983, Roy and Jean Korsman received the Outstanding Farm Family of the Year award. Roy and Jean did lots of traveling including, a trip to China and Russia on a People-to-People Agricultural tour, a trip to Slovenia to visit her family, and twice to Finland with Jean, once with his nephews, John Korsman and Tom Korsman, to visit family.
Roy loved his family and farming.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jean; children, Kathleen (Gregory) Chapman of Gilbert and Linda (William) Radtke of Shoreview; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; Jean’s children, Jim (Rosemary) Perpich of Eveleth, Kathy (Tim) Riordan of Virginia, Barb (Hank) Schoonover of Golden Valley, and Robert (Dione) Perpich of Eveleth; Jean’s grandchildren and great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lempi Korsman; sister, Verna; brother, Martin; first wife, Charlotte; and daughter, Jeanne Radtke