Daniel Joseph Rollheiser, 64, of Great Falls, a retired federal government employee, died from complications of heart bypass surgery Thursday, Oct. 25, at a local hospital.
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A vigil is 7 p.m. today at O'Connor Memorial Chapel. Funeral liturgy is 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, with cremation to follow. O'Connor Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Dan was born in Port Clinton, Ohio, to Catherine "Katie" and Joseph Rollheiser, the oldest of five brothers: Danny, Kenny, Joey, Tommy and Robby. He moved with family from Ohio after his junior year of high school to Brigham City, Utah. He later acquired a business degree from Stevens-Henager in Ogden, Utah. In 1968, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Griffin in Ogden. He gained employment with the federal government as a revenue officer. Dan and his wife moved to Memphis, Tenn., in 1971, to Missoula in 1974 and finally to Great Falls in 1979. He retired in 2004, with 35 years of service.
He was a Muni-Rat at Speck, a "Big Name" bowler at the Elks and a welcomed guest at many a watering hole. At home he was "Farmer Dan," with a garden and yard reminiscent of the life he knew in his youth. Out of necessity, he became an apprentice plumber, makeshift carpenter and handyman. In his greatest love, he instilled in his children by example the values of hard work, tenacity, commitment, honesty and above all, integrity. His dedication and love for his wife was unparalleled as he walked with her the arduously difficult path of multiple sclerosis, which he will continue in spirit.
He is survived by wife Mary "Jane" Rollheiser of Great Falls; children Frank Rollheiser and Sheila (Jim) Ekstedt, both of Great Falls; grandchildren Rory and Callie Ekstedt; mother Katie Rollheiser of Brigham City; and brothers Ken Rollheiser of Memphis and Joe Rollheiser of Clearfield, Utah.
Condolences may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, 2012