ROELOF, JAMES DEE Born January 12, 1921, in Alvo, Nebraska, passed away January 6, 2013, in El Cajon, California, where he resided for 66 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean of 70 years, and leaves his daughter Debbra and son John, his sisters Minnie Elliott and Vernie McBee, four granddaughters, two grandsons and one great-grandson. As a sergeant in the Army, he served his country in the Pacific Theater 1942-1946. As a successful businessman, he started El Cajon Finance and ended his career with Roelof Management declaring he was now "A Retired Cowboy". Our dad was a Horseman first. He loved his horses, trail riding, his home and he loved Jean most of all. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He passed at 6:20 a.m. Jumped on his favorite horse Rocks and came back at 7:00 p.m. for his brother Ralph. "Happy Trails Dad and Uncle Ralph until we see you again.". Memorial service January 28, 2:00 p.m. at El Cajon Mortuary.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 18, 2013