Roland “Rollie” Benjamin Rolf, age 78, of Lester Prairie, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. Funeral services were Saturday, March 22, 2014, 2:30 p.m., at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie with interment following at the church cemetery. Clergy officiating was Pastor Eric Nelson with organist Marsha Christenson.
Soloist was Justin Rierson, who sang “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” “Just As I Am,” and “Amazing Grace.”
Honorary casket bearers were the McLeod County Highway Department.
Casket Bearers: Ray Bandas, Jim Wendolek, Pat Schommer, Loren Engelmann, David Polzin, Doug Karg.
Roland “Rollie” Benjamin Rolf was born May 7, 1935, in Winsted Township, McLeod County, MN. He was the son of Fred and Agnes (Tonn) Rolf. Roland was baptized in the Christian faith as an infant June 2, 1935, by Rev. E. H. Stahlke and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth April 10, 1949, by Rev. R. Ritz both at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
He attended country school until the 8th grade after which he farmed with his father on their Rolf homestead until 1961. Roland was a member of the National Guard Unit for 8 years.
On August 22, 1959, Roland was united in marriage to Lucille “Lucy” Ide by Rev. A. F. Vomhof at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Rollie and Lucy made their home in Lester Prairie where their marriage was blessed with four children, Charles, Monica, Ronald and Wade. Rollie and Lucy shared over 54 years of marriage together.
After farming with his father, Rollie started working for the grain elevator in Lester Prairie. In 1965, he began working for the McLeod County Highway Department and retired in 2000, after 35 years. It was through these 35 years that he developed lifelong friendships with many of his coworkers.
Rollie was a life long member at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher and trustee for many years.
He was also a member of the Lester Prairie Fire Department from 1961 through 1985, the Lester Prairie American Legion Post #463, and served on the Lester Prairie City Council.
Rollie was known by many as a prankster and loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed gardening, cutting lawn, fishing, hunting pheasants, playing cards, dancing and listening to old time music. You would always hear the old time music playing in his shed as Rollie was tinkering on something.
Sweet corn season was a favorite for him and you would find him picking sweet corn and having his children sell it to others. Rollies greatest love was attending auctions with Lucy and filling up his shed, which was very evident to his children when it was time to move them. He lived for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Roland passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 27 days.
Roland is survived by his wife, Lucille “Lucy” Rolf; daughter, Monica Watry and her husband, Herb, of Litchfield; sons, Ronald Rolf and his wife, Pam, of Fishers, IN, Wade Rolf and his wife, Tamra, of Hutchinson; daughter-in-law, Gail Rolf of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Christopher Rolf of Lester Prairie, Nichole Rejkowski and her husband, Mike, of Carrollton, TX, Kristin Rogers and her husband, Karl, of Rochester, John Watry and his wife, Emily, of Chaska, Nicholas Watry and his girlfriend, Shelby, of Norfolk, VA, Haley Rolf of Hutchinson, Josiah Rolf of Hutchinson; great grandchildren, Sophia, Jocelyn and baby Rogers (due in May), Josie Watry, Avery and baby Rejkowski (due in July).
He is further survived by an uncle, Gilbert Rolf of St. Louis Park; sisters: Jeannine Murphy of Hudson, WI, Mary Birkholz of New Richmond, WI; brothers: Louis Rolf and his wife, Jenny, of New Richmond, WI, Richard Rolf and his wife, Barb of Cambridge, MD; sister-in-law, Betty Rolf of Burnsville; brother-in-law, Victor Ide of Glencoe; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Roland is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Agnes Rolf; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert and Ella Ide; son, Charles “Chuck” Rolf; brother, Charlie Rolf; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James Murphy, Nancy Rolf, George Birkholz, Henry and Deloris Richter, Albin and Alice Ide, Elmer and Helen Ide, Alta and Joe Graupmann, Lucy Ide, Bernice and Harold Lindquist,.
The family encourages everyone to join them for the luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service.