Rolland Berdet Achterberg, a resident of Visalia, California, passed away on July 2, 2010.
He was born on November 4, 1940 in Porterville, California to Albert and Marjorie Achterberg. He grew up in Porterville, went to grammar school at Zion Lutheran School, to Porterville High School and Porterville Junior College, then became a licensed land surveyor and currently worked for James Winton & Associates.
He also had a great love for woodworking and created the large crosses for Christ Lutheran Church when he was a member there. He made many children and adults happy with the wooden toys, cars and trucks that he created.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Berdet Achterberg, and one son, Michael Rolland Achterberg.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Darlene; 2 children, a son Darrin Berdet Achterberg who resides in Fresno, and a daughter Sheri Lynn Achterberg who resides in Sacramento; his mother, Marjorie Achterberg; a brother, Jerald Albert Achterberg (and wife Deborah); sister, Shirley Patterson (and husband Howard), all from Porterville; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, all of whom he loved dearly.
Visitation will be held at Myers Chapel in Porterville on Thursday, July 8th from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, July 9th at 1:00 PM at Vandalia Cemetery for all who wish to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the California Transplant Donor Network (www.ctdn.org
or 800-55.donor), or to a "No-Kill" animal shelter of your choice.
To sign the family guest book or send condolences, please go to www.myersfuneral.com.
Myers Funeral Service & Crematory in Porterville is in charge of arrangements.