Roland J. “Rollie” Huibregtse, 86, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011, at his home with his family at his side.

Rollie was born Dec. 11, 1924 in Plymouth, Wis., to John and Helen (Duerlow) Huibregtse. He attended Sheboygan Falls Schools.

Roland married the late Carolyn Carpenter in 1947 in Michigan and celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

In his younger days Rollie enjoyed hunting, fishing and in later years, looked forward to his Wednesday “date” days with Carolyn.

Rollie joined the United States Marine Corps in 1943 serving in Pacific Asia, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii aboard the USS Bella Wood.

Rollie was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sheboygan Falls.

He was an avid sports fan, not missing a Brewer or Packer game.

He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and a volunteer fireman for the Sheboygan Falls Fire Department for 21 years.

Rollie was employed at Kohler Co. for 42 years retiring from the Security Department.

Rollie is survived by four daughters and three sons: Thomas of Lawton, Okla.; Dick (Gail) of Sheboygan Falls; Sue (Roger) of Sheboygan Falls; Joyce (Myron) Praeger of Port Washington; Jane Huibregtse, Kay (Mike) Braun and Peter, all of Sheboygan Falls; 14 grandchildren: Jennifer, Shelly (Dave), Gina (Clint), Mark (special friend, Gretchen), Michael, Kristi (Caleb), Jill, Jason (Amanda), Joel (special friend, Ashley), Rachel (special friend, Nick), Brendan, Blake, Carly and Nicole (special friend, Robert); eight great-grandchildren: Jaymz, Jedidiah, Zachariah, Charlie, Brody, Macy, Madylin and Damon (special friend, Kyra); two sisters, Marcella (Sally) Vreeke of Sheboygan and Marjorie Wangemann of Sheboygan; and two brothers, Dale (Dolly) and Jerry (Kay), both of Sheboygan Falls. He is further survived by JoAnn Bartzen, Marjorie (Wayne) Siefert and Faye Entringer, all of Sheboygan; and special pet Buckwheat.

Rollie was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn; his parents; his parents-in-law, John and Helen Carpenter; one brother, Clarence (Peanuts); and four brothers-in-law, Roger Vreeke, Guy Entringer, Clem Bartzen and Ted Wangemann.

Funeral services to celebrate Rollie’s life will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at First Reformed Church in Sheboygan Falls with the Rev. Brad Veenendaal officiating. Interment will be in Sheboygan Falls Cemetery with full military honors.

Relatives and friends may greet the family from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church.

A memorial fund has been established in Rollie’s name for Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and First Reformed Church. For online remembrances and more information, please visit www.wenigfuneral

Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Rollie’s family with arrangements.

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