Tommy Roesch, 19, Ada, MN, died unexpectedly of a heart attack due to an undetected heart condition Saturday, June 14, 2014, at his family home in Ada. He had graduated from Ada-Borup High School only twenty days earlier. Thomas Ronald Roesch was born prematurely March 18, 1995 and spent the first 30 days of his life as a little fighter at Dakota Hospitals I.C.U. He spent the first 3-1/2 years of his life benefiting from the love and attention given to him by his parents and grandparents as the first and only child until he was joined by his little sister Brittany and brothers Bobby, Tony and Billy. He then spent the rest of his life enjoying the role of big brother teaching his little sister and brothers all the things in life he had learned first. Tommy was always filled with energy and lived life to the fullest with a spirit of enthusiasm and adventure. As a little boy he developed a love for books and spent several years reading every book he could and made a sport out of accumulating reading points in Elementary School. At an early age he also enjoyed the early stages of baseball and basketball before finding his real love for music. Tommy was very active in Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band and Honor Band. He began with a focus on the trumpet. Later he began buying several instruments on E-bay, which usually would arrive at the house without his parents knowing as he collected and taught himself to play Trombone, Saxophone and Bugle. When he turned 16 he decided he needed to play guitar. He invested his money he made working on the family farm and bought an Ibanez guitar and a big amp. Although he never took a lesson in his life, within a few weeks he had taught himself to play very good using a book and You-tube videos. He played his guitar in a few talent shows and pep band. Thanks to the success of the Ada-Borup sports teams he had the thrill of playing both the guitar and trumpet at Williams Arena, The Target Center, and the Metrodome. Later he was no longer able to play his guitar in the home gym because he had a tendency to turn his amp too loud. Tommy also enjoyed being a part of the music at church and played his trumpet on many occasions.
Tommy was active in and won several awards in Speech, FFA, 4-H, Close-up and several other High-School activities. He felt fortunate to win 4-H trips to the Minnesota State Fair, with FFA teams to State and National competitions and a great trip to Washington DC and New York with Close-up. Tommy had a great work ethic and earned his pay working on the family farm and helping his Dad build a beautiful home for his family. He worked hard to help establish the trees around our home and two-weeks ago hand planted 200 trees around the home site. He was taught to be self-sufficient and bought most of the toys he had and his Blazer with the money he earned working. Tommy was also very active in Boy Scouts and enjoyed all the great camping, canoe trips and experiences with leaders Pat and Rich. He had earned his Eagle Scout Rank with a great project. Tommy developed and designed a church web site for the five Ada Churches-"adachurches.com" and designed and replaced four large church signs that can be seen as you drive into Ada.
Tommy was very excited to begin the next chapter of his life. He had been accepted into NDSU's Radiologic Science program, received his dorm assignment and was excited about his plan to spend this week in the H.O.P.E. program NDSU has with Sanford Hospital.Tommy was a great friend and mentor to many people in the school and community, his family and especially his little brother Bobby whom he was helping at the time of his death. He will be deeply missed by his parents, David and Linda Roesch, sister, Brittany Roesch and brothers Bobby, Tony and Billy. Uncles Tim Roesch, Fargo, Dan (Becky) Roesch, Crookston, Jim (Brenda) Roesch, San Antonio, TX, Alan Sonnenberg, Hopkins, MN, David (Karla) Sonnenberg, Apple Valley, MN and Aunt Melanie (Ryan) Cory, Moorhead, MN. Ten Cousins, Amy, Ashley, Jacob, Krysta, Kyla, Leia, and Dylan Roesch and Stephanie, Daniel and Lucas Sonnenberg. Grandparents, Violet Roesch, Ada, Ron and Joyce Sonnenberg, Moorhead, MN, and great aunt and uncle Grace and Duane Hoven, Ada. Tommy will be joining his Grandfather Ronald Roesch in heaven and had very ironically had a conversation with his mother about this several hours before his death.
Funeral: 11:00AM, Thursday June 19, 2104, at Grace Lutheran Church, Ada, MN.
Visitation: 5-7PM Wednesday with a 7PM prayer service at the church.
Burial: Ada Municipal Cemetery, Ada, MN.