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Richard "Dick" Roland Rolf

Richard "Dick" Roland Rolf was called to his eternal rest June 25, 2003. He was at home at the time with his family by his side.

Dick was born July 4, 1942, at his home two miles south of Echo, Minn., the son of Roland and Myra (nee Riebe) Rolf.

Rev. Theo Bauer baptized him at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo July 26, 1942. Rev. M.J. Lenz confirmed him in his faith June 3, 1956 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

He was united in marriage to Elaine K. Drusch Sept. 1, 1962, with the Rev. M.J. Lenz and Alvin Schultz officiating. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of two children, Brenda in 1964 and Allen in 1968.

They made their home in Delano and remained faithful members of Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Dick was an active member there, serving on the church board, the school board, and several other positions over the years.

Dick wore many hats during his life. He owned a trucking company, "Rolf Transfer." He served the citizens of Delano working at the Delano Standard Station, the Delano Feed Mill, and Delano Theater, the Delano Granite Works, and the Delano Municipal Liquor Store. Dick loved to drive truck.

He drove several years for M.J. Litfin and had a route with Buffalo Dry Cleaners/Jaunich Delivery. He also worked by his wife's side at the Flower Farm and Butterfield Evergreens. He was most recently employed at Wagner Spray Tech in Plymouth.

Dick served as a police officer for the village of Delano for seven years. He was also on the Delano Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years.

Dick was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed time at the cabin making memories with his family and spending hours with his grandchildren. He took pride in raising his fruit trees, spending hours spraying and nurturing them.

Dick was diagnosed with lung cancer Jan. 24, 2003. Throughout his battle he remained a "Rock of Gibraltar."

He was continually worried more about his loved ones and their welfare than his own. He was always reminding us that God would not desert him. He found his greatest peace and comfort in knowing and acknowledging that his children and grandchildren knew their Lord and Savior.

He never lost his "dry" sense of humor, and carried it with him, right up until the time of his death.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents Roland H. and Myra M. (nee Riebe) Rolf; by his baby granddaughter, Kara E. Stevens; baby sister Mabel; brother-in-law Donald C. Windsperger; sisters-in-law Lorraine Drusch and Arlene Drusch.

Dick is survived by his wife Elaine (nee Drusch), daughter Brenda (Jon) Stevens, and son Allen (Mollie); grandchildren Katie, Jay, Josh, Sam, and Maddie Stevens, and Danea, Dabrina, and Dawson Rolf.

He is further survived by sisters Mavis Windsperger, Bonnie (Ken) Weege, and Linda Rolf; parents-in-law Fred and Katherine Drusch; brothers-in-law Donald (Ruby) Drusch and Harvey Drusch; great uncle Gerhard Salzwedel, aunt Naomi Riebe, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of relatives and friends.

Dick leaves to his family and loved ones his own testimony of his strong faith, remarkable courage, and beautiful past and recently made memories.

Arrangements made by Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

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