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Edward John Roloff Sr.


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Edward John Roloff Sr. Obituary
Edward John Roloff Sr., "He lived life his way," of Dover, died in his home Monday, June 5, 2017.

Born July 14, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of Agnes and Alvin Roloff.

He was the youngest of four, a sister, Joyce Horvath, and two brothers, Don Roloff Sr. and Kenneth Roloff, all whom preceded him in death.

He moved to Kaukauna, Wis., and graduated from high school. After high school, he entered the United States Air Force. Upon his graduation from school at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, he returned to Dover to become the first Air Force recruiter for Kent County, and the corresponding counties in Maryland. He graduated from Delaware Technical Community College, where he received an Associates in Applied Sciences degree in Criminal Justice in 1975.

While proudly serving his country, Ed received the Bronze Star for valor; and after serving 20 years in the Air Force was honorably discharged. Ed then went to work as an environmental protection officer with the Division of Parks and Recreation with duties statewide, particularly working in Killens Pond and the Delaware Seashore State Park. He worked civil service at Dover Air Force Base as a painter, then went to work at the base commissary as a bagger. Ed later opened a restaurant and a pool hall in Sandtown for a number of years.

He was a Vietnam veteran and a 100 percent disabled veteran. He was a member of the , American Legion, and various other agencies.

Ed prided himself with living independently, but was supportive of Meals on Wheels, the Wound Care Center at Bayhealth/Kent General Hospital, and Dr. 'O".

He enjoyed a good joke and creative talents. He had a vast collection of books and liked to research various topics. He loved people, and loved to play the slots at Dover Downs casino, making many friends, losing and winning. His other hobbies included fishing and country western movies. He will be remembered for his sheepish grin, dry sense of humor and a desire to "do things his way."
He loved his children very much. Mr. Roloff has two daughters, Lisa Lankford, of Camden, and Tana Stevens and husband Dwayne; a son, Edward J. Roloff Jr., of Reistertown, Md. and wife Mary; five grandchildren, Jessica Baker, Richard Lankford, III, Morgan Trythall, Jason Roloff and Colby Roloff; and a great-granddaughter, Charlotte Baker.

Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15, in Pippin Funeral Home, Inc., 119 West Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, where family and friends may visit one hour before. urial will take place 10 a.m., Friday, June 16, in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of America, c/o Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE 19904, or to , Department of Delaware, P.O. Box 407, Camden, DE 19934.

Condolences may be sent via: www.pippinfuneralhome.com.
Published in Dover Post from June 13 to June 23, 2017
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