Robert F. Foley

October 29, 1928 ~ January 7, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Robert Foley Obituary

A Mass of Christian burial for Robert F. Foley of Roseau, MN will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roseau, MN. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 5-8PM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Roseau, MN. Rosary Service at 7PM. Interment will be held at a later date. 

Robert passed away at the age of 94.

Robert F. Foley born in Grand Forks, ND. The Foley Family has resided in the Johnstown area since 1880 when John and brother, Martin settled in Levant and subsequently in Johnstown Township where family members continue to reside. My Grandfather's family emigrated from Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada in the year 1880. My Grandparents (FOLEY) resided adjacent to my home and we saw them daily and Rose, my Grandmother, exerted considerable influence in her conservative values which carried forward in the family for years.

Attended public schools at both Johnstown and Gilby, North Dakota. Graduated from the University of North Dakota and entered the UND School of Law in 1954, but later withdrew to accept a position with the Federal Deposit Corporation.

Graduate of the Central State School of Banking, University of Wisconsin and a graduate of the Inter- Agency Bank Examiner School, Washington, DC. Employed as a commissioned bank examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, employed in the 9th Federal Reserve District approximately six years. Employed by Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation in their executive sales offices in Chicago for approximately 2 years.

Joined Citizens State Bank of Roseau, MN in 1961 as Vice President and Director. Served as President of the Bank from 1966 until December 1, 1994, when elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Past Director, Vice President and Incorporator of the former Citizens State Bank of East Grand Forks, MN, now Frandsen Bank & Trust. Chairman and Incorporator of the Board and a Director of Roseau Realty Company, Inc.

Active in the Minnesota Banks Association and American Banks Association Affairs. Served as councilmen from the 9th District of the MBA, for three terms. Past Chairman of the State Legislative Committee of Minnesota Bankers Association and for ten years served as a member of the teaching staff of the Minnesota Banks Association School of Banking held at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Served four years on the banking education council of the American Bankers Association and for three years as a member of the bank investment division of the American Bankers Association, last serving as, Chairman of the Education Committee of that division. In June 2008, was appointed to the UND Alumni Advisory Council

of the School of Business & Public Administration and served on the council until October 30, 2011.

Active in numerous civic and fraternal organizations. Served on Governors Rolvaag and Anderson's economic advisory council for approximately six years. Former Director of the Roseau Research and Development, Inc., a member of the original Roseau Planning Commission as well as being a Director of a number of other corporations. 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, V.F.W., Northland Gun Range, where he shot on both the trap and skeet clubs for well over 35 years, Oakcrest Golf Club, Ducks Unlimited, NRA, Roseau Area Hospital and Homes and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was an avid duck and goose hunter, fisherman and enjoyed many days at the deer farm with family and friends. In May of 2019 participated in the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington D.C. accompanied with sons, Robert J. and Scott and in August of 2019 he was inducted into the Roseau Community Hall of Fame with many family members attending.

Entered the US Navy in 1945, serving on a DMS. Married to the former Marian Kelly, deceased April 21, 2003.

Survivors include five children, Catherine Swenson, San Luis Obispo, CA, Robert James (Mary) Foley, Roseau, MN, Elizabeth (Andy Au)Foley, Burlingame, CA, Colleen (Gary) Foley-Sacks, Portland, OR, and Scott (Jackie) Foley, West Saint Paul, MN. Nine grandchildren Kayleen Foley, Kelly Foley, Jack Foley, McKenna Foley, Connor Foley, Michael Swenson, Brian Swenson, Erin Foley and Megan Foley and seven great grandchildren.

Proceeded in death by wife Marian Foley, father Frank J. Foley, mother Bernice (Finley) Foley and sister, Marjorie (Mrs. Edward Deitz) and brother, Jack Foley.

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January 10, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Roseau
403 Main Ave N.
Roseau, MN 56751

Memorial Mass
January 11, 2023

10:30 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Roseau
403 Main Ave N.
Roseau, MN 56751


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