WINDOM – A funeral service for Wally Rohlfsen, 99, of Windom, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Windom with Pastor Art Miller officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by American Legion Post 206 and Minnesota Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Windom.
Wally passed away on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Windom.
Arrangements are under the care of LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom.
Wilbert “Wally” G. Rohlfsen was born Feb. 27, 1915, in Marcus Township, Iowa. Wally’s family farmed several pieces of land west of Minneapolis, Minn. He graduated from Watertown High School and then attended college in Valparaiso, Ind., where he graduated with a BS in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. Wally went on to attend law school at the University of Minnesota, but in 1941,he was drafted into the U.S. Army, seving as a company commander in the artillery for four years, three of which were spent overseas. Upon returning, he went into farm management and then became an appraiser for the Federal Land Bank in Windom, Minn. It was during this time that Wally and Evelyn met and fell in love. They married in December of 1953, and the following year bought the McCullough family farm outside of Windom where they raised hogs, sheep and cattle. They purchased surrounding land and in total, farmed nearly 500 acres during their 33 years on the farm. Wally was involved in farm organizations and was honored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau and helped start the Cottonwood County Cattle Feeders Association. Wally devoted much of his spare time to community service and was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school and held bible studies up until a few weeks before his death. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, and served on two boards, the United Methodist Home and the Maplewood Apartments, both in Fairmont. In 1986, Wally and Evelyn left farming and moved to the Maplewood Apartments in Fairmont and lived there for 10 years. In 1996, they returned to Windom and took up residence at the Remick Ridge apartments. Wally loved to garden and spent his days raising a large vegetable garden on a patch of land behind the apartments, graciously sharing his bounty with the other Remick Ridge residents. Wally’s strong faith and love for Christ guided him throughout his life. He was a devoted spouse and wonderful caregiver to Evelyn. Wally helped anyone who needed it with both a gentle and a strong hand. He had a quick sense of humor and a keen intellect. He will be deeply missed but his spirit will live on in the hearts of all who loved him.
He is survived by his sister, Bettie (Donald Heidorn) of Florida; his sister-in-law, Elaine Campbell of Calif.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Wally is also survived by his dear friend, Jan Wassenaar and his wife, Katharina, of Windom; as well as the many other good friends and staff at the Remick Ridge apartments in Windom, Minn.
Wally was preceded in death by his beloved Evelyn (McCullough), wife of 55 wonderful years; parents, Henry and Marie Rohlfsen; brothers, Harold, Leonard, Oliver, and Ronald; sisters, Viola, Henrietta, Ellen, Joyce, Mabel and Lucille.