OBITUARY

Delmar James Rolfs

May 17, 1933July 29, 2020
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Preceded in death by wife, Marcia Mae Rolfs; parents, Louis Rolfs and Lilly (Koch) Rolfs. Survived by children, Cynthia (Jim) Kasten, James Rolfs, Candace Lee and Timothy (JoDell) Rolfs; siblings, Allan Rolfs and Patti O’Brien; grandchildren, Nathan Mosel, Zachary Mosel, Laura (Matt) Sanchez, Brandon (Larissa) Rolfs, Jaime Rolfs, Malcolm Lee, Alex Lee, Taylor (Jamison) Moore, Shanna Rolfs, TJ Rolfs; 11 great-grandchildren. VISITATION Monday, August 3, 2020 from 1-5pm with 5pm FUNERAL SERVICE following at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4200 N. 204th St, Elkhorn, NE 68022. Private family interment held at Omaha National Cemetery. The Funeral Service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page for those unable to attend: https://www.facebook.com/WestlawnHillcrest/ Memorials directed to Elkhorn Historical Society and Bethany Lutheran Church.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • James Louis Rolfs
  • Timothy Charles Rolfs
  • Brandon James Rolfs
  • Nathaniel William Mosel
  • Zachary Charles Mosel
  • Malcolm Charles Lee
  • Timothy James Rolfs "TJ"
  • DONATIONS

  • Elkhorn Historical Society
  • Bethany Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020

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  • Private Interment

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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John Rutledge

August 11, 2020

Tim, JoDell, and the Rolfs Family-

I was saddened to hear of the loss, of both your mother and father this past year.

I DO remember meeting your folks at your wedding in Windsor. Your mom had such a beautiful voice and your dad was a tall quiet man. What a wonderful couple!

You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

John Rutledge

Jeff and Sharon Houchin

August 5, 2020

We were so sad to learn of the passing of uncle Delmar. He exuded a quiet strength and kindness to all who knew him, and the funeral service was a wonderful tribute to him. Jeff has so many found memories of spending time with him and the Rolfs family as a child. He is with his beloved Marcia again and for that we can be grateful. We hope your found memories and strong faith will comfort you during this difficult time. Love and prayers, Sharon and Jeff

Korean War Veterans Association Korean War Veterans Association

August 2, 2020

It is with sorrow that the Korean Veterans Association notes the passage of one of our members. It is with gratitude for his service and sympathy for his family members and friends, that the KWVA sends this remembrence.
Dan Ryberg, President, KWVA



Jim Gallagher

August 2, 2020

Tim,
My sincerest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Father Del.

Don Baker

August 2, 2020

This is so very hard for me to write. Del and I were the very best of friends. We met in the summer of 1948 and were friends until his passing. We did so many things together in our High School years and continued until I made a move to Colorado in 1953. We remained friends until this very day. I too was on Elkhorn's first football and track teams and believe me Del was one of the best players on those teams. He was a very soft spoken and sincere in every way. I had such admiration for Del , so much so that I named my youngest son in his honor.

Today I have such an empty feeling. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Don Baker

Jacqueline Lang

August 1, 2020

To Cindy, Tim, Jim, Candy and families,
I’m so deeply sorry for the passing of your beloved father. He has been loved by my family and I since the time Dick and I met him when he and your mom first met. He was wonderful - a loving husband , father, grandfather , and great grandfather. We remember him as a quiet man - kind, thoughtful , caring, and hardworking. Although he has gone to Heaven to join the love of his life, our love for him remains. May the loving memories of your father sustain and comfort you at this difficult time.
Love,
Aunt Jackie

Julie Jenkins

August 1, 2020

I will remember my Uncle Del as a man with a great smile, a quick chuckle, and a huge heart . Such a strong and genuine presence for family. Always present to support whomever was in the room. A wise man. He didn’t even need to say anything - it was just known he was a caring and giving individual. When he and Aunt Marcie visited my parents in California, I enjoyed our conversations. Favorite memories include the way he adored my kids when they were little toddlers; driving him in my convertible; talking with him about his much adored family. His family was everything to him. I also noticed his devoted love for his wife, my aunt Marcie. I watched him grieve as he stood before her in January. Uncle Del is now with Aunt Marcie where they can walk without pain and rejoice together. Our Jenkins family sends our deepest condolences to my cousins at this difficult time. Farewell my dear Uncle Del.

Norma Houchin

August 1, 2020

Delmar was a caring person. He was a man of few words but got his point across. Del was a great listener and sometimes gave his opinion or not. His faith meant such a great deal to him. Your Mom and Dad and Lowell and I had some great trips together. We had fun travelling to California for nephew John Bevelheimer's wedding and a few trips to Colorado to see Patty and Bill's family as well as Missy and family. Del was a giver not a taker. He would do anything possible to help when needed. We will miss him so very much.

Sue Bevelheimer

July 31, 2020

My brothers and I always thought Uncle Del was such a good man. Quiet voiced and yet funny. Loved that he and Marcie drove a long ways to Michigan to attend my mother's funeral in 2014. A really good guy. My brothers and I extend our condolences to Cindy, Jim, Candy, and Tim and their families. Your Mom and Dad were such good people. We will miss them. May your memories of them be a blessing in the years to come.

Melissa Edelman

July 31, 2020

My sympathies to the whole family. Uncle Del had such a kind spirit. We’ll miss him very much.
Love,
Cousin Missy and family

Biography

Delmar “Del” James Rolfs was born in Omaha, Nebraska at Lutheran Hospital. His parents were Louis Peter and Lilly Violet (Koch) Rolfs. Del grew up in Elkhorn, Nebraska and was raised with 2 siblings. Older brother, Allan Louis Rolfs and younger sister, Patricia (Patti) Lou O’Brien (Rolfs). Like most families, Del was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings and shared many life experiences over the years.


As a young boy, Del had a number of interests and hobbies. One activity he enjoyed was playing marbles, which resulted in his becoming a Champion Marble Player. He liked collecting matchbooks and marbles. Del was an active Luther League member and faithfully attended church weekly.


During his youth, he had 10 years perfect attendance in Sunday school and worked a paper route in the town of Elkhorn for many years. This helped him develop a strong work ethic at a very young age along with a commitment and dedication to an assigned task. He passed this work ethic on to his four children, who each work with persistence and diligence.


Between school and his neighborhood, Del made a number of friends. At one time, Randall Frost and Del built a club house together. However, the most fun was simply playing and spending time with his family and friends.


Del graduated from Elkhorn Schools in 1951. The teachers he enjoyed learning from the most were Miss Weeks, Coach Kruger and Paul Larsen. His favorite class in high school was Future Farmers of America (FFA). He raised pigs, had 1 sow, and built a framed pig house/shelter for her and her 10 piglets. He was an all-around athlete who excelled at each sport he participated in. He lettered 4 years in track and basketball, 2 years in football and baseball. He held the high jump record at E.H.S. for 17 years and was a charter member of Elkhorn’s first football team that was formed in 1949 as a 6 man team where most athletes played both offense and defense. His positions included wide receiver and linebacker. His senior class won the Class C all sports title. Later in life he was recognized and honored to be part of Elkhorn’s first high school football team, affectionately named “The 49ers” after the founding year.



Del attended Doane College, played football, and then was later drafted into the Army. Del saw the obligation to serve his country as a way to pay back his forefathers who had defended and protected this great nation. His Great (X4) Grandfather Joehem Rolfs fought in the U.S. Civil War for the North in 1864. Del was in the Army, starting with 16 weeks Basic Training at Fort Roberts in California, eventually earning the rank of Corporal. He received several awards for his service, including Good Conduct, United Nations Services Medal and Korean Services Medal. He served in the US Army from April 1953 to April 1955 in Korea, including 6 months in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The remaining months were spent transporting troops to different training locations in Korea. He also served on the honorary drill team and was Honorably discharged in 1955. Years later his oldest son James Louis Rolfs volunteered for the Army and was stationed in Korea on the very DMZ where Del was stationed. They have since shared many good memories from their years in the service. In 2014 he was part of the Korean Honor Flight to Washington, DC.


Del married Marcia Mae Bevelheimer on July 20, 1957 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Marcia preceded Del in death on January 4th 2020.
From the very beginning, Del was empathic, loyal and committed to providing for and making his family happy. Del worked hard to be a good father to his children and fulfill their basic needs. He was blessed with four children: 2 daughters, Cynthia (Jim) Kasten and Candace Lee, and 2 sons, James Rolfs and Timothy (JoDell) Rolfs. Later on, another blessing was the gift of 13 grandchildren, 7 granddaughters, 6 grandsons: Laura, Brandon, Jaime, Nathan, Zachary, Malcolm, Alexandra, Taylor, Shanna, Timothy (TJ), Beth, Greg and Crystal, and 11 great grandchildren.

Del has always been a man who takes pride in upholding his beliefs. He has often tried to take an active role in his community. Del possessed a strong, diligent work ethic and got along well with his co-workers. His primary occupation was working as a CDL driver in the trucking business and a factory warehouseman. Upon returning from overseas service, he worked for Rolfs Transfer from 1955-1960. Between 1960 and 1998 he worked at Continental Can Company, retiring after 38 years. For 6 years he was the Greenkeeper at Skyline Golf Course in Elkhorn, NE.

After retirement, Del enjoyed both assisting farmers during harvest and his son Jim Rolfs’ Sod Company, transporting sod from fields to project sites.
Del enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies which include reading, solving crossword puzzles, and watching children and grandchildren's school and sporting events. Throughout his later years, he was an active member of the Elkhorn Historical Society which was formed in 2002 as a 501c3 non-profit entity. He has helped paint benches at Elkhorn City Park and enjoyed placing flags on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day. He was involved with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War (VFW).


Throughout Del’s life, he has derived great pleasure from sports, whether as a fan or a participant. As an adult, he played softball (church league/mixed league community). He also enjoyed following his favorite teams or sporting events. Tops on his list are the University of Nebraska Football and Women’s Volleyball. He loved watching his grandchildren participate in competitive sports: Laura-softball, Brandon-hockey, Jamie-softball, Nathan-track and field, Zach-cross country, Taylor-basketball, Shanna-soccer, Malcolm-football, TJ-soccer and Alex-Track and Field. He enjoy attending his grandchildren’s school events.


Del’s faith has always been important to him. He was a loyal member of Bethany Lutheran Church his entire life (87 years), deriving satisfaction from attending church services and modeling a good life. He was a quiet and humble servant who was slow to judge and quick to defend those who were down. Del supported the building fund and enjoyed watching the church grow over the years. He drove the church bus on outings with Bethany Lutheran Church Seniors and Preschool events.


Del lived his life so that he was a good and kind person. He will always be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who has done his best to be a vital part of their lives. Del leaves behind a legacy of lifelong friendships and many cherished memories.

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