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 November 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 Hall on May 7, 1951 in Blackfoot, Idaho. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple 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, Idaho 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 that 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 UT and four children, Phil (Lynne) Windley of Lindon UT, Carol Martin of Absarokee MT, Sheila Staley of Riverton UT, 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 15th at 11:00am in the Lindon 4th Ward Chapel, 731 East Center Street, Lindon, UT with a viewing preceding the services from 9:30-10:45am. 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.
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