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Our dear friend, father and husband, Roland Earl Monroe, passed away Thursday evening, November 15, 2012 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Roland Earl Monroe
He was born in Riverside, California on November 16, 1950 to LaVonne Jean and Walter Earl Monroe, both deceased. He had an older brother, Charles "Gregory" Monroe, also deceased. Since his father had a career in the U.S. Army, he traveled with his family a lot as a child. They lived in such places as Missouri and Japan, until they finally settled in the Puget Sound area.
Roland was a Quarter Master in the Sea Scouts. He graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in 1969. Then, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a photographer on an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S Coral Sea. After being honorably discharged, he received his Associates Degree in Telephony from Clover Park Technical College and began a 32-year career with the phone company as a C.O. Installation Test Engineer.
Roland loved life, the great outdoors and music, especially the blues. He enjoyed boating, fishing, crabbing, camping, hiking, backpacking and hunting. After his kokanee fishing trips, he would smoke them by the score, which everyone loved. But, his favorite activity was skiing. He was good at playing horseshoes and craps. But, he was the best at Scrabble. He also liked doing the daily Jumble and watching Seattle Mariners baseball and Seahawks football.
He raised his son, Ryan Earl Monroe, in Cornelius, Oregon and Snohomish, Washington. He was married to his loving wife, Joyce, whom he spent his last 15 years with in Monroe, Washington. He is also survived by his granddaughter, Emma Monroe; his stepdaughters, Kenta Hadley and Kristin Nordin; his daughter in-law, Andrea Monroe; and his Golden Retriever, Sunny.
Overall, Roland was an easygoing, yet enthusiastic man who always liked to go on adventures with his family and friends. He was a great father, a loving husband, a loyal friend and an adoring grandpa. He will be truly missed by all.
A celebration of his life will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville, WA on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012