‘Little People, Big World’ Mourning Loss of Roloff Patriarch

Matt paid tribute to his dad on Instagram.

NEW YORK - APRIL 23: From "Little People Big World" Matthew Roloff (L) and Amy Roloff (R) speak at the Discovery Upfront event at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Discovery)

It’s been a difficult time for the family that made Little People, Big World a smash hit, as Matt Roloff earlier this week revealed his father had died. Ronald James Roloff was 84.

On Monday, Matt paid tribute to his dad on Instagram.

“A sad week for the Roloff Family.. my dad… affectionately known as ‘papa’ to his 10 grandchildren and his 10 great grandkids peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Savior yesterday evening,” Matt wrote alongside a picture of his father. “Ron was an amazing Husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and inspiration to many.

“He literally loved people and anyone who ever came in contact with him knows that! His love for Jesus was so evident throughout his entire life and certainly in his final hours.”

Time with Ron remembered:

Matt then recalled his final moments with Ron.

“With his special love of his life (since grade school) his wife of 63 years ‘Huny’ right by his side … many of us were with him reading his favorite Bible Verses,” Matt wrote. “I would list one but he had so many favorites!

“So[m]e of his last words to me were telling me how proud he was of the things I had accomplished” before quoting the Bible verse John 14:2-3.”

Little People, Big World has been airing on TLC since 2006, chronicling the Roloffs’ experiences with dwarfism. Many of the episodes focus on parents Matt and Amy Roloff, and one of their children, Zach.

“What a man and a life well-lived!” Matt concluded in his message about his father. “Thanks to all the grandchildren that were able to race to his bedside and hold his hands with mom and I in his final moments here on earth!! love love to all! @jacobroloff45 @zroloff07 @jeremyroloff @mollyjosilvius #lovelove #believeinchristforpeace.”

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