Harold Joseph "Tim" Rolph Jr.

March 17, 1933December 1, 2012
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Harold J. "Tim" Rolph Jr., 79, of Columbus, died at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Mr. Rolph had worked for Teledyne Post as a manager of engineering supply sales, retiring in 1998. He was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council and Assembly, the Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Clem Davis at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street.

In keeping with Tim’s wishes, cremation is planned.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 17, 1933, Mr. Rolph was the son of Harold Joseph and Claire Jean Mueller Rolph. He grew up in the Ironton area and had attended Ohio University. He married Phyllis Ann Kavanagh (spelling is correct) May 19, 1956, in Ironton, Ohio. She preceded him in death May 30, 2001.

He is survived by sons, Mark Rolph of Columbus and Greg Rolph of Miami, FL; a daughter, Lisa Rolph of Columbus; and a grandson, Eric (Debbie) Rolph of El Paso, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a sister, Judy Martinez.



  • Calling Hours Thursday, December 6, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 7, 2012


  • Cremation & Private Inurnment

Harold Joseph "Tim" Rolph Jr.

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Jeff Frampton

February 28, 2013

I was at work today telling a story about clients of mine (Phyllis & Tim Rolph) that happened around 1996. The story is around selling insurance when Phyllis lived in Geist. I had only met her and Tim 3 times. When I was leaving an appointment with them, Phyllis walked me to the door and said me bye and I love you! I responded love you too without thinking until I got in my car. I have never told a client I loved them but it felt natural because of the type of people they are. I went home and told my wife I was telling other women I love them. Phyllis and Tim had given me a plant that I had for over 12 years. After telling the story I wanted to reach out to Tim since I had not seen him since Phyllis was diagnosed with cancer. I googled Tim and saw that he had passed away in December. I thought I would write this to tell the kids that your parents still touch lives today. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Judy Martinez Honican

December 9, 2012

So sad to hear that my uncle Tim has passed!!! I have such good memories, as a child, with our whole family together!! I'll cherish those memories!!!
He suffers no more...

Kay Richards

December 7, 2012

My condolences to the family of Tim Rolph. I only met him a few times but my sympathies go out especially to Lisa. You are such a good friend to my daughter and I appreciate you and all you do for her. I prayed for peace in his life and now he has it. I hope you will, too. Kay Richards

December 7, 2012

Tim and I were cousins,and grew-up a few blocks away.We were'nt childhood buddies, but did some activities together. Tim was close to year older and a grade ahead of me. I remember going with Tim and his Dad(referee duty) to a game in Portsmouth,stopping in a smoke filled stag sports bar,big eyed and mouth open;then sleeping over at their house.In bed, we both got tickled and laughed loud and long enuff to wake his grandmother,Muzz, my aunt Emma to me, who proceeded to our bedroom, chewed us out , and left..we shut up.(age about 12)Another time we went to a scout camp in Portsmouth, Camp OYO, for a week. Bunked in seperate cabins.(about ten yrs old).I'll miss Tim for ourFamous Five basketball team gatherings and alumni socials. Tim was always there, from Indiana, for these meets.
May God Bless you, and keep all of you in His arms during this painful period and later,
Joe gleichauf

Ellen Chesnut

December 6, 2012

Dear Mark, Greg and Lisa-Bug, My heart goes out to all of you at this very sad time. I have many precious memories of happy times shared with Tim and Phyl, and each of you in the Rolph family. Your Dad and Mom sure had a gift for welcoming others into their active lives. I've always valued my special friendship (and honorary "aunt" status) with your family, and I am comforted to know that your Dad and Mom's positive spirits live on in each of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you, and I'm here to offer my support to you at this very sad time. Roger joins me in sending our deepest sympathies.
Love, Ellen (Columbus, IN)

CC Walker

December 4, 2012

So sorry to hear about your loss. My dad Clarence Walker went to school with him and always spoke fondly of the good times playing sports and hanging out when they were growing up. i met him at your grandfather's house when i was young. Just remember all the good times.
CC Walker
Hilliard. OH

December 4, 2012

Tim was a good friend who I met while coaching at the high school church league. My prayers and sympathies to his family.

Chuck Wilt

December 4, 2012

Dear Greg and Family,
Our deepest sympathy. The trip to Gator Land with you, Tim and Tod was certainly memorable. Happy memories are so comforting. Howard and Rosy McVey

Kathy Sanders

December 4, 2012

Lisa & Family - I met your dad many years ago when I worked with your mom. Such wonderful, loving people who made a lasting impression on all they touched. My thoughts are with you.

Ken Sternweis

December 4, 2012

Dear Greg & Family,
My deepest condolences over the loss of Tim. Having just lost my dad last month, I know what you are going through. I enjoyed seeing Tim on his annual trips to Miami Beach, which usually involved celebrating his St. Patick's Day birthday. He even stayed a couple of nights at my condo a few years ago. He was a special person and will be greatly missed.