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.
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
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,
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