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Walter  C. Rolf
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Celebration of life funeral services will be held for Walter on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, rural Northboro, Iowa with Pastor Jeff Alvestad officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the Nishna Valley Funeral & Cremation Service in Shenandoah. Burial will be in St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Memorials in Walter's name are being directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or to the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88. Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service of Shenandoah in charge of arrangements.

Walter Christopher Rolf, son of Mary Elizabeth (Walter) Rolf and Arthur Gerhard Rolf, was born on February 22, 1921 in Westboro, Missouri. He grew up in the Northboro, Iowa area and graduated from Clarinda High School in 1939. Walter loved spending time outdoors and helped with the family farming until he became employed at DeKalb Ag in 1940 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He worked for DeKalb for 44 years.

Walter was drafted into the United States Army in August 1942 and served with the 3rd Amphibian Special Brigade, 543rd Engine Boat and Shore Regiment in the Pacific Theater at Bismarck Archipelago, New Guinea and the Philippines. Walter was honorably discharged in December 1945 with the rank of Technician Fourth Grade. He received the Good Conduct Medal, three Bronze Stars-Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Marksman badge - rifle, and the Bronze Arrowhead.

Walter was united in marriage to Jeanne Ann Howland on June 18, 1950 in a double ring ceremony with his brother Donald Rolf and Faye Headley. To this union two children were born, Deborah Ann and Christopher Alan.

Walter loved motorcycles, especially his Harley Davidson. The neighbors always knew spring had arrived when they would hear Walt out riding whatever he owned, be it a moped or motorcycle. He enjoyed attending tractor shows and tractor pulls. Just a few people knew that Walter even had a pilot’s license.

His grandchildren, Ty Ratliff and Toni (Ratliff) Comstock brought much joy to his life. He enjoyed attending their school events, but especially loved going to their basketball games, since he played basketball in high school. Walter dearly loved visits from his great grandchildren, Trey Walter Ratliff, Collins DeAnn Comstock, Callie Lynn Comstock, and Kyia Angela Ratliff.

Walter passed away on March 29, 2017 at Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah at the age of 96 years, 1 month, and 7 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife Jeanne in 2012; brothers, Raymond Rolf and Donnie Rolf; and brother-in-law Harold Scott.

Walter is survived by his daughter Deborah Ratliff and husband Terry; son Chris Rolf; grandson Ty Ratliff and wife Kerra; granddaughter, Toni Comstock and husband Dustin, all of Shenandoah; great grandchildren, Trey, Collins, Callie and Kyia; sister Esther Scott of Oak Brook, IL; and sister-in-law Faye Rolf of Shenandoah; and a host of friends.

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service

405 W Thomas Avenue
Shenandoah, IA 51601





10:00 AM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church

3055 410th Ave
Northboro, IA 51647

Celebration of Life Funeral Service

Cemetery Details


St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery

3055 410th Ave
Northboro, IA 51647

Memorial Contribution

American Legion Post #88

Shenandoah, Iowa 51601

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

3055 410th Ave
Northboro, IA 51647

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