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Richard Rudolph Rolla

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Richard Rudolph Rolla

Richard Rudolph Rolla was born in Cumberland, Wisconsin on September 14, 1930 and passed away on June 18th, 2013. Dick was the son of Rudolph Oliver Rolla and Evelyn Murial (Anderson) Rolla.

Dick attended Renton High School and Washington State College. He enlisted in the Army in January 1951, served in a MASH dental unit in the Korean War, and received the Korean Service, National Defense, and United Nations Service Medals.

Returning to civilian life, he married Norma Lea Stewart on June 18, 1954. They had two children, Lea Ann and Trudy Carol. Dick graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1958. Dick's first position was at the Rainier School in Buckley, WA. In 1965, he became a lecturer in pedodontics in the UW School of Dentistry. At the UW Child Development and Mental Retardation Center, Dick taught doctoral, post doctoral and dental hygiene students how to work with children who were mentally or physically handicapped. Later, he was a dentist at Fircrest in Seattle, until retirement. He devoted his entire career to mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

Dick loved hiking and fishing in the great Northwest, and was an accomplished artist, singer and gardener. His wood carving ranged from Northwest coast tribal art to Norwegian figures. He sang with the Issaquah Singers. Norma and Dick created a small arboretum of their garden.

Dick is survived by his wife, Norma Lea Rolla; daughters Lea Ann Rolla and Trudy Carol Rolla and their husbands Pat Chevara and Eric Polzin; grandsons Alexander Rudolph Rolla Polzin and Nicholas Leigh Rolla Polzin; and his brother Ronald Anderson Rolla of Kennewick WA.

Memorial service on Sunday, September 8, 2013, 2:00 p.m., Crossroads Bible Church, 15815 SE 37th Street, Bellevue, WA.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 1, 2013
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