Rolla John Windley, 80
November 27, 1930 – March 11, 2011
Our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Rolla John Windley, 80, of Lindon, Utah, passed away on March 11, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah due to heart failure.
He was born in Bloomington, Idaho, on Nov. 27, 1930, on Thanksgiving Day. Rolla was the fifth of six children born to John Gordon Windley and Vilda Thornock Windley.
He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1948. He married the love of his life, Ranae Hal,l on May 7, 1951, in Blackfoot. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS emple on May 28, 1952. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
Rolla proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a cook where he was known as “The Whistler” because he always whistled while he worked. Rolla lived 41 years in Blackfoot where he was the co-owner of L&W Fine Foods.
He started working at Okay’s meat market at age 13 and worked as a meat cutter until he was 69 years old. He was the meat-cutter who people came to for the best in meats. He was proud of this work and always gave his best efforts. He taught this strong work ethic to his children. Rolla was also a door greeter at Walmart in Utah for 9 years where he loved talking to the children and handing out candy and stickers.
Rolla was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He faithfully served in many callings including counselor to three bishops, High Priest group leader, and as a dedicated home teacher. Rolla and Ranae served together at the Idaho Falls Temple. His favorite calling though, was teaching the youth as a Sunday School teacher.
Rolla enjoyed working in his wood shop and building things for his loved ones. He also loved to sing and was blessed with a beautiful bass voice and often sang with his wife. He enjoyed camping with his family.
Rolla will be dearly missed by his wife Ranae Windley of Lindon, Utah, and four children, Phil (Lynne) Windley of Lindon, Utah; Carol Martin of Absarokee, Mont.; Sheila Staley of Riverton, Utah; and Scott (Susan) Windley of Alexandria Va., as well as 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandsons, and one sister, Marilyn (Floyd) Bateman. His parents, two brothers, two sisters, and one grandson preceded him in death. We will miss his big smile, his jokes, and the loving twinkle in his eyes.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday March 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Lindon 4th Ward Chapel, 731 East Center Street, Lindon, Utah, with a viewing preceding the services from 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery under the direction of Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.