AURORA, Colo. – Ronald William Rolf, 70, of Aurora, Colo., died suddenly at his home Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.|
Born September 1, 1942, in DeKalb, the son of Bill Rolf Jr. and Helen C. (Stoudt) Rolf, he grew up on a farm southeast of DeKalb and went to Gormley Country One School for seven years and DeKalb Jr. High and High School, playing his beloved sport of basketball. He was on the Sweet Sixteen DHS basketball team in 1960. Ron worked on the Illinois 88 tollway construction before he began to teach and coach.
Ron received a Bachelor of Science in economics business administration at Tulsa University and a Master of Science in education from Northern Illinois University. He student-taught at Malta High School. In Waterman, he taught middle school math and physical education, and coached and taught physical education at Waterman High School. In 1975, he and his "brother," high school friend, Bob Mac Allister, went into the package-liquor business, Mission Viejo Liquors, in Aurora, Colo. They retired in 2005, having been in business together for 30 years. During that time, Ron worked part-time for two years for Excelsior Youth Center in Aurora, Colo., as a part-time counselor. Ron's retirement job was his most favorite – five years at The Pinery Golf Course in Parker, Colo. Ron loved sports and the members and youth workers there loved Ron, with his sports preferences, funny stories and joking with the staff. Ron was truly in his element there and he will be greatly missed by everyone at The Pinery. A recent birthday celebration there brought Ron's closest friends in the area together for dinner, including six high school friends; it was an event to which Ron truly looked forward and enjoyed immensely.
Ron loved playing poker with his friends for 35 years. He was very good at statistics and remembering card games and sports events and players. He enjoyed a friendly bet on almost any game.
Ron also loved his friends' children and coached their sports teams, went to many of their events, "child sat" with them and took care of their family dogs when they were on vacation. Ron was a godparent to Jack Grunst, now 14; nephew, Jeffry Cole; Dawn Rolf; and Jim Wassmann.
He is survived by his sisters, Linda Rolf Anderson of Huntley and Julie (Charles) Cole of Rochelle; niece, Sarah (Carter) Ewing of Newport Beach, Calif.; nephew, Rolf (Molly) Anderson of St. Charles; great-nieces and -nephews, Lauren and Preston Ewing, Allison Cole, Luke and Kate Anderson; and extended family in the DeKalb area.
Preceding Ron in death were his parents; his nephew, Jeff (Sheri) Cole; great-niece, Grace Cole; close cousin, Don Bastian; and brother-in-law, Ron Mathers.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Ray Krueger of Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be private on Monday, Oct. 15, at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home.
Ron requested no flowers. Memorials can be made to the Ronald W. Rolf Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Oct. 9, 2012