Robles named Spring Grove Syttende Mai Grand Marshals

By Zach Jensen,

Alan and Judy Roble, owners of Roble Funeral Home, have been selected as the Grand Marshals in this year’s Syttende Mai parade Spring Grove. (submitted)

Nineteenth century statesman Sir William Ewart Gladstone said, “Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.” 

This year’s Spring Grove Syttende Mai Parade Grand Marshals, Alan and Judy Roble, live by those words.

The couple, both born and raised in Spring Grove, Minn., took over the Roble Funeral Home in 1993, when they bought the business from Alan’s father. Alan is the funeral director for the business, and Judy is the secretary and also assists with visitations and funeral services.

“My dad works super hard to make sure the deceased loved ones are honored as best he can,” said the Robles’ daughter, Kirstin.

Judy and Alan, both of Norwegian heritage, agreed they love their work and enjoy helping families through difficult parts of their lives. And they’re involved in their church and community because they like helping to ensure the “good and caring spirit” of Spring Grove continues to flourish.

“From my experience with Alan and Judy, they are very thoughtful and kind people,” added Syttende Mai Parade Committee member Lisa Myhre. “When I have lost a loved one, they aren’t only there for them, they are also always making sure the family is doing well and all their wishes are met.

“When they were asked to be the Parade Marshals they commented they aren’t used to any attention they are always behind the scenes,” Myhre continued. “This is another reason I believe they are a good pick. They deserve recognition for all the special work they do in the last moments we all have with our loved ones and friends.”

Spring Grove’s Syttende Mai Grand Parade begins at noon, Saturday, May 18, in downtown Spring Grove.

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