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Roger W. Patch, Sr. of Wayzata and Long Lake, MN; and of Sanibel and Fort Myers, FL, passed away in Buffalo, MN on August 14, 2022 at the age of 97 years, 8 months.  Born to parents Frederick M. Patch and Lydia W. Patch in the Village of Wayzata on December 6, 1924, Roger graduated from Wayzata High School and served in the U.S. Army until 1946.  He married Pauline (Polly) Kuss Patch also from Wayzata on June 4, 1949.

He studied Architecture at the University of Minnesota, then achieved his Masters of Architecture in 1950 at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.     Roger and Polly built their original (much photographed) family home, which still stands, in Long Lake.  They had six children, Darcy, Dana, Fred, Polly Ann, John and Roger Jr. (deceased).

Roger and Don Erickson founded the firm Patch Erickson Madson Architects, Inc. in 1955 in Wayzata, Minnesota. Shortly thereafter moved to offices in Minneapolis where they practiced architecture for 26 years.  Their designs can be found all across the Mid-West.  The firm specialized in commercial architecture that touched the humanity of the Mid-West including schools, hospitals, nursing homes and retirement communities, civic centers, fire stations, banks, stores, and religious buildings.  Roger was the architect chosen to design the original Target Stores.  Polly was sure he got the contract because of her riding with “The Long Lake Hounds”. Roger knew it was the design he did for the Wayzata City Hall that was appreciated for it’s unique rounded entry. See his work here []   Retiring from the firm in 1981, Roger and Polly moved to Sanibel, Florida where they enjoyed Florida island life, occasional real estate and consulting work in retirement.  Eventually moving to Fort Myers, Roger was a loving
caregiver to Polly until she passed away in 2018.  Polly’ was a charter member of the Minnetonka Center for the Arts, an accomplished artist, real estate
broker, horsewoman and boat captain.  Roger was her best audience and frame creator.  As a mentor to many, Roger was loving and kind, dedicated
to family; honorable, reliable, responsible, persistent and hard working.

Survived by his sister Lucia Patch Adams and five of his children: Darcy Haislet (Tim), Dana Thomas, Fred Patch (Mary), Polly Johnson (Ed),
John Patch (Diane).   A private family gathering for Roger will be held later this Fall.  Interment will be in the Summit Park Cemetery, Wayzata, MN.

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  1. Rodney Jensen

    My condolences, I was sorry to hear that your father passed away.


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