James Nicholas Rollinger, 86, of Sunnyside died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, with his family at his side at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Sunnyside.

Jim was born in Sunnyside Sept. 10, 1920, the eldest of three boys, to Nick and Celia Rollinger. He graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1939. During World War II he went to work for the Boeing Company in Renton. After the War ended, he returned to Sunnyside to help on the family farm. He farmed in partnership with his brothers in Sunnyside for many years. In 1966, the partnership was dissolved and he farmed his own land until retirement.

Jim lived a humble and simple life. He enjoyed fishing, boating and story telling. He was a parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was also proud to be a founding member of the Lower Valley Credit Union and he served on its Board of Directors for 44 years.

He was a longtime member of the Steelhead Association and worked with the group to restore the steelhead species to area rivers. Jim loved his little dog “Daisy” who stayed, along with family, by his side throughout his last days.

He is survived by two younger brothers and their wives, Fred and Dorothy Rollinger of Yakima and Clarence and Janice Rollinger of Sunnyside. He will be remembered warmly by his 20 nieces and nephews and their spouses and children and his many friends whose lives were touched deeply by his sense of humor and love.

Jim never married and was preceded in death by his parents. The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to the caring staff of Lower Valley Hospice and Hillcrest Manor.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, from 3 until 8 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in care of Smith Funeral Home. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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