Monday, September 14th, 2020
Jerry A. Rolsten, age 80, of rural Mendon, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020, at Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
He was born October 18, 1939, in Van Wert County, to the late Carl & Grace (Burley) Rolsten.
On June 24, 1977, Jerry married Helen L. Slane, who survives along with 3 children: Connie (David) Rolsten Wood of Van Wert, Scott (Cari) Rolsten of Mendon, and Jane (Steve) Rolsten Barnes of Celina; 4 grandchildren: Luke (Rina) Brigham, Seth (Abby) Brigham, and Mattea & Mitchell Rolsten; and 3 great grandchildren: Brooke, Grace, & Simon Brigham.
An infant brother preceded him in death.
Jerry first attended the Ridge School in Van Wert County, then graduated from Mendon-Union High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
A lifetime farmer, Jerry was also a seed salesman for over 50 years. Over the years, he had worked at Teledyne-Ohio Steel in Lima, Trim Trends in Spencerville, and was a bus driver for Parkway Local Schools for many years.
Jerry was a member of Mendon United Methodist Church, and had formerly served as Sunday School Superintendent. He was a longtime member of the Mendon Lions Club, and recently the St. Marys Lions.
Jerry had been a member and past president of the Mendon Band Boosters. Some favorite pastimes were following the Chicago Cubs and Fort Wayne Tin Caps baseball teams, and harness racing.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 16, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Mendon, with Pastor Don Clinger officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery.
Calling Hours are 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 15, and 1:00 PM until the time of services on Wednesday, at the Mendon Funeral Home.
Those attending are required to wear masks, practice social distancing as much as possible, and follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County, American Heart Association, or the Arthritis Foundation.
Condolences can be expressed to Jerry's family at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com