OBITUARY

Rollin Oliver Rhea

September 15, 1946September 28, 2020
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Rollin Oliver Rhea,74, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020. Rollin was born on September 15, 1946 to the late Osborne and Jane (Mamby) Rhea in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rollin grew up to be what most would call, "A Southern Gentleman". He was thoughtful, caring, and would always make you feel more important than he did in any conversation. He was the founder and a board member of the Greater Allisonville Community Council (GACC). He was also a member of the Broadripple Sertoma club, where many friendships were created.

Rollin participated in a golf club, conveniently named the "Holey Hackers". This was a fun activity that he and his wife, Suzanne (Brake) Rhea, enjoyed together.

Rollin fought a courageous battle with cancer over the years. He was admired by many, and loved by all. He will be dearly missed.

Rollin is survived by his lovely wife of 32 years, as well as two children; Kirk Schilling and Megan Schilling Crahan. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Cecilia, James, and Ella Crahan and his two nephews; David Rhea and Rollin Rhea Sterritt.

A visitation for Rollin will be held Friday, October 2, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E 71st St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. A funeral service will be the following day, October 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260. A livestreaming of the service will begin shortly after 2 PM and can be viewed on the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rollin's memory may be made to Community Hospital Foundation, 1500 N Ritter Ave, #230, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219, https://www.ecommunity.com/give; or the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple, P.O. Box 40053, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Rhea family.

  • FAMILY

  • Osborne Rhea, Father (deceased)
  • Jane (Mamby) Rhea, Mother (deceased)
  • Suzanne (Brake) Rhea, Wife
  • Kirk Schilling, Step-son
  • Megan Schilling Crahan, Step-daughter
  • Cecilia Crahan, Grandchild
  • James Crahan, Grandchild
  • Ella Crahan, Grandchild
  • David Rhea, Nephew
  • Rollin Rhea Sterritt., Nephew

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

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Memories

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Cherry Sullivan

October 12, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our high school friend. He was indeed a southern gentleman, and will be sadly missed at our reunions. My condolences to his family and friends. My prayers are with you in this time of mourning.

Patricia Duffy

October 12, 2020

Rollin was one of my favourite people from school and someone I really looked forward to seeing at our HHS reunions. A lovely, genuinely interested friend who will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Patsy Evans Duffy

Anne Ramsey

October 12, 2020

On behalf of the Hillsboro High School Class of '66, I wish to express our sadness in the loss of Rollin. His obituary so beautifully describes the Rollin we all remember. I personally always enjoyed talking to Rollin at class reunions and indeed he made me feel I was the only one he had travelled back to Nashville to see.


Debra Lee

October 2, 2020

Where do I begin... my Husband, John Lee and I have known Rollin Rhea for approximately 20 years and he was truly a born comedian and lust for life was always present. Always so caring and giving to so many. We knew him when he lived in Nashville, then Indianapolis, where he met his loving wife, Suzanne, a pure cut diamond for sure❤️

We will miss him dearly and hope he meets with those that left before him past those purely gates.

Love and miss you,
John & Debbie Lee

Carol Elias

October 1, 2020

He was indeed a southern gentleman!! Always had a sense of humor - people loved to be around him. Our lives were better by knowing him. Every time spent with him was a good time. So thankful we were able to share times together! Love you Rollin - I'm sure you have everybody smiling up in Heaven!!

Denny Harvey

October 1, 2020

Rollin was a true gentleman ! I installed his seawall on Geist many years ago ! May he rest in peace !

Joe Carr Jr.

September 30, 2020

I can only emphasize what Mr. Nearon has already said because it certainly describes Rollin. Rollin was my cousin, I greatly enjoyed the visits he would make when coming back to Nashville in times past. Family meant so much to him; it was always good to "catch up" and hear how Suzanne and his nephews were doing, as well as remember some of our mutual history. We created some great memories, but I will miss his coming home. His was a life well lived; he will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.


John Nearon

September 28, 2020

Charming, quick witted and extraordinarily wise. Rollin had an indelible charm about him. Always thoughtful and measured, Rollin had a way of making you smile no matter the topic of conversation at hand. He was a good listener, he really had a keen interest in the human condition and demonstrated remarkable kindness and concern for everyone he met. Rollin left a permanent impression on me and my life is a little better having the privilege of knowing him. Rollin was a real gift. I am sincerely grateful he considered me a friend. I am really going to miss my Sertoma Casino partner...

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Biography

Rollin Oliver Rhea,74, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020. Rollin was born on September 15, 1946 to the late Osborne and Jane (Mamby) Rhea in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rollin grew up to be what most would call, "A Southern Gentleman". He was thoughtful, caring, and would always make you feel more important than he did in any conversation. He was the founder and a board member of the Greater Allisonville Community Council (GACC). He was also a member of the Broadripple Sertoma club, where many friendships were created.


Rollin participated in a golf club, conveniently named the "Holey Hackers". This was a fun activity that he and his wife, Suzanne (Brake) Rhea, enjoyed together.

Rollin fought a courageous battle with cancer over the years. He was admired by many, and loved by all. He will be dearly missed.

Rollin is survived by his lovely wife of 32 years, as well as two children; Kirk Schilling and Megan Schilling Crahan. Also surviving are three grandchildren; Cecilia, James, and Ella Crahan and his two nephews; David Rhea and Rollin Rhea Sterritt.

A visitation for Rollin will be held Friday, October 2, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E 71st St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. A funeral service will be the following day, October 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260. A livestreaming of the service will begin shortly after 2 PM and can be viewed on the Feeney-Hornak Keystone Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rollin's memory may be made to Community Hospital Foundation, 1500 N Ritter Ave, #230, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219, https://www.ecommunity.com/give; or the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple, P.O. Box 40053, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Rhea family.

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