Angelo "Buck" Roma passed away on Nov. 22, 2017, at home, surrounded by his children and best friends.
The loyalty of his family and friends spoke volumes about his life. Buck cared and connected with people far above things. He will be remembered for his generosity and keen sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Tony, Aggie, Jimmy, George, Lewie, Donnie, Pete,
Loretta and Rosie.
Born at home in Shawmut, on Nov. 4, 1935, to Sadie and James Roma, he was the eighth of 13 children that grew up on the family ranch. He left the ranch after completing eighth grade, quit school and went to live with his sister in Fromberg. He worked on area farms, where he met and married Leona Delmonica. They then moved to Billings, where he worked for Allis Chalmers, Firestone Tire learning the tire and automotive business.
In 1962, Buck purchased his first business in Billings, Gorham Park Texaco. In 1968, Buck and Leona moved, with their family, to Spokane to open a tire store in partnership with BLM. In 1969, Buck opened his own store, Buck's Discount Tire, where he prospered until retiring and then sold the business to his son, Jeff. He spent retirement enjoying working on his family ranch with his brother, warm winters in Las Vegas, and pursued his favorite hobby of old tractors. Buck developed a passion for tractors, rebuilding tractors, buying and selling, participating in tractor pulls and shared this hobby with Jeff.
Buck is survived for his four children, Barbie Roma, Angela Alexander (Dave), Kathleen Roma (Scott Richey), and Jeff Roma (Linda Dean). Granddaughters: Cara Visintainer, Amanda Richey Brown, Adrian Richey Patton, stepdaughter: Piper Roma, Brothers, Jack (Paulette), Dick (Cecelia), Frank, numerous nieces and nephews, and his faithful dachshund companion, Brownie.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane, Washington.