Joseph Roman died of heart failure Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010. He was 82.
Known as “Gil,” he was born to Basillo and Genevieve Roman on May 2, 1928, in Durango. He grew up here and graduated from Durango High School in the 1940s. He went on to graduate from Adams State College with a bachelor’s degree in education.
On June 8, 1959, he married Mary Lou Romero in Durango.
Mr. Roman went into the Air Force after college and became a navigator on B-47 Stratojet bombers. After his discharge, he went to work for Bonanza Airlines. The company was purchased by Air West and then acquired by Northwest Airlines, which took the Roman family to Minnesota. Mr. Roman was a manager in reservations.
After he retired, Mr. Roman pursued the genealogy of his family back to Italy. His wife said he filled a number of notebooks with the information he discovered.
Mr. Roman was preceded in death by his son Richard Roman.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Lou Roman, of Apple Valley, Minn.; son Tony Roman of Apple Valley; daughters Sophia Anaya of Apple Valley and Lara Max of New Market, Minn.; sister, Ann Martinez, of San Francisco; and seven grandchildren.
A service will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Saint Clare’s Monastery, 8650 Russell Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55431.