Rolly was schooled as a machinist, but was a natural-born artist. He worked for Warner Bros. in California, and for NASA in Houston. While working for Kentron at NASA, he painted "One Man's Lifetime," depicting living from horse-and-buggy days to space travel. The original of this painting still hangs in the lobby of the Johnson Space Center in Houston. He worked for NASA through the Apollo series. He loved flying and designed many paper airplanes that would actually fly.
During the 1970s and 80s he painted murals on vehicles in Yakima and Kent, Wash. He was called the "resident artist" for Trail Wagons-Chinook in Yakima, designing brochures and flyers along with murals as requested by customers. He taught airbrush at Yakima Valley Community College saying it was his duty to teach others who may have the talent but not know the techniques and shortcuts. Rolly also designed and built several award-winning parade floats for the Yakima Sundusters that went to festivals around the Pacific Northwest.
While living in Naches, Wash. he and Earlene started The Upper Valley Press, a twice-monthly community newspaper for the upper Yakima Valley; they owned this paper for 9-1/2 years before moving to Montana. He delivered them on his motorcycle. (His first love was his Harley motorcycle, but second was boating.) He loved taking old and neglected boats and making them useful and attractive.
He not only was a wonderful artist, but loved to play music: guitar, banjo, harmonica and mandolin. He also liked to teach these skills to others. He had a wonderful and unique sense of humor, even to the end.
There will be a memorial/potluck held for Rolly at the Clark Fork Valley Elks Lodge in Thompson Falls, Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m.
There will be another memorial/potluck held at the Lukehart Ranch in Naches, Wash. Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Clark Fork Valley Elks Lodge #2757 Scholarship Fund or your favorite charity.