Obituary – Rev. Rollin G. Olesen

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Rev. Rollin G. Olesen, 84, Sioux City, Iowa, formerly of Coleridge and Norfolk, died Sept. 26, 2016, at the Sunrise Retirement Community, Sioux City, Iowa.

Visitation and a Prayer Service were Friday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Sioux City.

Rev. Rollin Olesen

Funeral Services were Oct. 1 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Sioux City, with Rev. David Halaas officiating. Burial was at Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Coleridge, with military honors provided by the Coleridge American Legion Post 114.

Pallbearers were his seven grandchildren,

Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge, assisted with arrangements.

Rollin was born Nov. 20, 1931 in Luck, Wis., to George Rasmus and Lucy Irene (Nelson) Olesen. He grew up in Luck and graduated from Luck High School in 1950. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served during the Korean Conflict, 1951-1955. He married Beverly Joan Wray Dec. 26, 1952, in Oakland, Calif. Rollin received a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1958 from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. He attended Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., and was ordained in 1962. From 1962-1971, he served Christ Lutheran Church, Stover, Mo., and from 1971-1979, he served Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Denver, Colo. At that time, he became pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, and served there until 1994. Rollin served as an interim pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Norfolk, from 1994-1996, when he retired. They moved to Sioux City, in 2011, and became members of St. Mark Lutheran Church.

Rollin provided leadership in the Central District of the ALC and the Nebraska Synod of the ELCA. He loved to fish and read. He was on the founding board of the Coleridge Community Education Foundation as well as an avid supporter of school activities of the community.

Rollin is survived by his wife, Beverly Olesen, Sioux City, Iowa; four children and their spouses, Mark and Casey Olesen, Golden, Colo.; Julie and Mark Heidt, Brighton, Colo.; Kris and Pam Olesen, Commerce City, Colo.; Lynn and Marlin Papenhausen, Coleridge; seven grandchildren, Bryan Olesen, Kelsey Papenhausen, Stephanie Olesen, Michael Olesen, Brady Papenhausen, Neal Heidt and Toby Heidt; one great grandchild; three step grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Medchill, Grantsburg, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and her husband, Margie and Ervin Swenson; and two brothers-in-law, Conley Peterson and Don Medchill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the ELCA Good Gifts.