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John B. Rollins, 90

January 6, 2017
Traer Star-Clipper

Former Traer resident, John B. Rollins, passed away at Dobson Hospice House in Chandler, AZ, Friday, December 16, 2016.

John was the 2nd of eight children born to John B. and Marie (Downing) Rollins in Kirksville, MO, on August 14, 1926. John grew up in Kirksville and served his country in the Army during W.W. II, he was stationed in the Philippines. Following the war John returned to Kirksville for a short time then moved to Iowa, where he met Joyce Fox. John and Joyce were married September 20, 1952, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. A year later their son Steve was born.

John was manager of the Traer Cleaners in 1951, later buying the business and running Rollins Cleaners for many years. John was also mayor of Traer in the 1960's. John and several other local businessmen formed a country band just for fun and played in Traer for several years. John was an avid trap shooter and member of the Cedar Falls Gun Club. John enjoyed spending as much time as possible at their cabin on Lake Delhi, in Iowa.

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John moved to Gilbert, Arizona in 2004 and spent many happy hours at the Gilbert Senior Center, dancing, signing and calling bingo.

John is survived by: son; Steve (Deb) of Sun Lakes, AZ; two grandsons: Jason (Kellie) Rollins of Altoona, IA, Justin (Ann) Rollins of Gilbert, AZ; five great-grandchildren: Parker and Quinn of Altoona, Zachary, Megan and Seth of Gilbert; three brothers: Jim (Sue) Rollins, Jac (Nellie) Rollins and Dusty (Mary) Rollins, one sister Betty Hemric.

John was preceded in death by: Joyce, July 1997, his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Memorial services for John will be held in Iowa at a later date. Overton Funeral Home of Traer, IA is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to the family, where a memorial fund has been established.

 
 

 

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