Rollie W. Sidell, 75, of Fremont, died Monday, June 18, 2007, at Magruder Hospital, Port Clinton, after a six-year struggle with a blood disorder.
He was born in 1931 in Toledo to Arthur and Clara (Lutz) Sidell.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Grace (Frauhiger) Sidell and their eight children, Marijane Sidell of Fremont, Kay (Steve) O'Neal of Marietta, Ga., Al (Marla) Sidell of Gibsonburg, Ohio, Mike (Nancy) Sidell of Wellsboro, Pa., Angie (Andy) Mulligan of Fremont, Beth (Jon) Sage of Huron, Christy (Karl) Webb of Green Springs and John (Carmela) Sidell of Toledo; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Harold Sidell of Monroe, Mich., and Charles Sidell of Orlando, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Penny Johnson; and brothers, Arthur and Joseph.
Rollie retired from Carbo Forge and Machining. He was an auctioneer and often donated his professional services to charity auctions. He coached football and track during the 1970s for Sacred Heart Elementary School, was a member of Knights of Columbus and the Fremont Power Squadron. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church where he served as a lector, Eucharist minister and a was member of the finance committee; and he previously served on the St. Joseph Central Catholic School Board. Rollie was a double inductee (team and individual) into the Oak Harbor High School Football Hall of Fame. He also played football at The Ohio State University in 1951 and 1952. In addition to his volunteer work with Camp Fire, Share and Care and the Log Cabin Complex at the fairgrounds, he enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, fixing, repairing and building things in his workshop and going fishing with family and friends.
Visitation will be from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday at Wonderly-Horvath-Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont. A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 550 Smith Road, Fremont. The Rev. William Pifher will officiate. Rollie's wishes were to be cremated and burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be given to Buckeye Council of Camp Fire or the Sacred Heart Endowment Fund.
An open House to celebrate his life will be from 1-4 p.m. July 1 at his home (The Old Garden House), 1045 Bloom Road, Fremont. The family invites those, whose lives he has touched, to come and share those joy filled memories together. No reservations necessary.
Condolences may be sent to wonderlyhorvath.com