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Gordon D. Rolph

January 9, 1936 June 30, 2018
Gordon D. Rolph
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Gordon Dwight Rolph, 82 of Kelley, Iowa passed away June 30th, 2018 at the Israel Hospice House in Ames.
Gordon was born in Little Sioux, Iowa to Earl and Irene (Wallis) Rolph. He graduated from Onawa High School. In 1955 he was the state High and Low Hurdle Champion. After high school he was drafted into the Army where he was in the Honor Guard Company in Fort Meyer, VA. He served on the Colonial Color Guard; walked the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; guarded the Arlington Cemetery and served at the White House during the Eisenhower/Nixon term. In 1960 he married Charlotte Rose Ammerman who passed away in 1972. They were bless with three children; Karen Louise (Kevin) Abate, Susan (Kevin) Jacobson, and Daniel Wallis (Cindy) Rolph. He graduated from Iowa State University and then proceeded to work in the ISU Horticulture department for 35 years in the Soil Lab. In 1994 he married Bonnie Muehlenthaler Rolph. Gordon served on the Gilbert Fire Department for 45 years. He even worked his way up to Fire Chief. After retirement in 2001 Gordon enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens, spending time with family, studying genealogy, hunting, fishing, and taking pictures.
Those left to cherish Gordon’s memory are his wife Bonnie, children Karen (Kevin) Abate, Susan Marie (Kevin) Jacobson, Daniel Wallis (Cindy) Rolph, his step-children Keith (Celeste) Muehlenthaler, Terri (Brian) Holmes, Sandra (Dave) Vagts, Kathy (Randy) Witt, his grandchildren Joshua Abate, Sarah (Dan) Bade, Danielle (Jimmy) Butz, Christina (Kyle Case) Abate, Katheryn Abate, Stephanie (James) Chance, Chelsie Jacobson, Tiffany Jacobson, Brian (Mindy) Rolph, Kevin Rolph, Daniel Lee (Kiele) Rolph, his sisters Kathryn Oaks, Lois Miller, Lorna McNeill, Colleen (Mike) Vaughn, his brother Wallis (Lorna) Rolph, his sister-in-law Marsha Rolph, his 11 step grandchildren, his 10 great-grandchildren, his 2 step great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and mother of his children Charlotte, his sister Alvena Phillips,his brother Norman Rolph, his brother-in-laws Paul Phillips, Jack Miller, Mel Oaks, his nephew Greg Phillips and Greg’s wife Cheryl Phillips.

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 7/8/2018 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 7/8/2018 5:00:00 PM
Gilbert Community Building

105 S. 2nd St.
Gilbert, IA 50105

There will be a service at 2 pm with fellowship to follow.

Gilbert Community Building
105 S. 2nd St. Gilbert 50105 IA
United States

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