Roland “Rollie” Dean Loewen, 74, of El Paso, IL passed away at 8:20 am on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Salem Church in rural Gridley, IL. Rev. Stuart Rex and Rev. Tim Smith will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, Spare and Share Building Fund, or Youth For Christ in Findlay, OH.
Rollie was born on October 29, 1937 in Meade, KS a son of William W. and Margaret J. Isaac Loewen. He married Gladyce Bixel on August 14, 1959 in Bluffton, OH. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Lori (Bill) Troyer of Normal, IL; two sons, Lyn (Lori) Loewen of Findlay, OH; Landis (Kelleen) Loewen of Hudson, MA; seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Claire, and Rachel Troyer; Lydia (Jake) McKinley; Zach (Mariel) Bingham; Jacob and Baylee Loewen; three great grandchildren, Kadin, Adelyn, and Morgan McKinley; and one brother, Merle (Betty) Loewen of Ellinwood, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Rollie taught school for 33 ½ years with the last 30 years being in the El Paso School District. He enjoyed operating the scoreboard for many years at the El Paso-Gridley high school basketball games. He was a member of the Salem Church where he served on many boards and also taught Sunday School. He was the chaplain for the Livingston County Gideons and served on the board for the Spare and Share in Gridley where he was the chairman for the past few years.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com