The Obit For Rollie Halfman

Rollie J. Halfman

Published in the Sacramento Bee from 2/18/2009 - 2/19/2009

Rollie Halfman passed away peacefully at home in Sacramento on February 14, 2009 at the age of 98. Rollie was born in Fond Du Lac, WI on May 21, 1910 to Peter and Christina Halfman.

He often described his childhood as idyllic, and he took full advantage of the sailing, skiing and fishing the region had to offer. His natural athleticism and love of the outdoors was always a big part of his life. He was captain of the 1932 Marquette University football team.

He went on to play semi-professional baseball and spent a short time with the Green Bay Packers football team.

He enlisted in the military at the beginning of WWII and received an officer's field commission. His distinguished WWII service record included parachuting into China and a planned but aborted mission to rescue an American general captured by the Japanese.

He made the military his career and served as a communications squadron commander in different military locations around the world. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1964 and settled his family in Sacramento.

His retirement included short stints of work at the downtown Macy's, but it mostly consisted of spending time riding his bike on his beloved American River Parkway. He spent hours on the bike trail which gave him great joy and exercise and allowed him to watch his son and grandson participate in sports at the local high schools.

While Rollie was quiet and reserved, he was known as a true gentleman and appreciated by all who knew him.

Rollie was preceded in death by Ann, his wife of 55 years and is survived by his son Peter and his grandson Owen.

Services are at 1 pm Thurs., Feb. 19 at East Lawn Cemetery, East. Sac.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American River Parkway.