MENDOTA - Charlie L. Roloff, 91, of Mendota passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria with many family members by his side reading scriptures, telling stories and listening to music with him.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota. Burial will be at Restland Memorial Gardens with military rites by Mendota VFW Post 4079. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.
Charlie was born Feb. 24, 1928 in Chillicothe, Mo. to Grover and Verna (Thompson) Roloff. He married Shirley Lobbins on Dec. 26, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota.
Survivors include his wife of Mendota; one son, Chad Roloff of Minden, Iowa; three daughters, Vicki Roloff of Portland, Ore., Kim Roloff of Longmont, Colo. and Julie (Larry) Roloff Bassett of Sycamore; six grandchildren, Jesse, Jenny, Nick, Danielle, Trevor and Aaron; and four great grandchildren, Josephine, Barrett, Charlotte and Saylor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Margaret Bybee; and one brother-in-law, Francis Bybee.
Charlie was a 1946 graduate of Amboy High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a farmer and then worked at Caterpillar in Aurora for 30 years and then in security for the State of Illinois at Starved Rock State Park for 17 years before his retirement. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota Elks Lodge 1212, Farm Bureau, American Legion 540 where he was commander seven times, and Mendota Moose Lodge where he was co-chairman for planning of the new building in 1969 as well as activities chair for seven years. He also received the Moose Fellowship Award in Jacksonville, Fla. in 1972. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, country music and playing euchre.
Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church youth group or American Legion 540.