Edward G. Rolandson, 84, of Battle LakePublished 10:15am Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Updated 12:22pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Edward Rolandson, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls.
Edward Glendon was born to Ernest Guy and Ida Mathilda (Winther) Rolandson on March 15, 1929, in Clitherall Township, on the Rolandson family farm, which has been in the family since 1876. Edward attended country school at nearby District 14 and graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1947.
While in high school, he played center on the football team and sang in the choir. As a young man, each summer Edward enjoyed playing baseball for the Clitherall Beachnuts.
Later, Edward continued his education by attending night classes at the Fergus Falls Community College, where he pursued a degree in accounting.
On Aug. 29, 1959, he married Shirley Ann Jorud at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Dalton. The couple resided and worked on the family farm in Clitherall Township. Edward later worked a brief period at Harold Tysver Nursery and at Star Laundry as a delivery driver in Fergus Falls.
In 1962, Edward joined the Fergus Falls Police Department as a patrolman where he served until 1973 when his career in law enforcement was cut short by a heart attack and back injury.
In 1974, Edward established Rolandson Hearing Aid Center in Fergus Falls, where he worked many years alongside his wife, Shirley, who ran the gifts and cards portion of the business, and also with his son Paul, who began working with the family business as a young boy and who continues to operate the family business.
To their many faithful friends who came to the store, Edward was always there with a warm smile to greet them when they came in the door. He very much missed being able to visit with his many good friends and patrons of the store during these recent years, when failing health prevented his being there.
Edward was always so thankful for his many friends who were there for him during those times when his health slowed his daily activities.
It is a strange coincidence that Edward’s father also passed away at 5 o’clock on a Friday afternoon from a sudden heart attack.
Edward was a member of First Baptist Church of Fergus Falls, where he sang in the choir and was baptized when he came to his own personal acceptance of Jesus Christ.
Edward’s strongest testament to his faith occurred at the time he had his heart attack and was pronounced dead, while at the same time having a conversation with his father and with Jesus.
The 18 extra years the Lord gave Edward was a blessing to him and to his beloved family, Shirley and Paul, who knew that the Lord’s work of sustaining him was in part being done through his trusted physician, Dr. Beck.
Edward enjoyed deer hunting each fall, feeding the birds year around, cutting firewood, gardening, and enjoyed eating good food.
In his later years, he loved to go for rides, and driving his 1947 Farmall H with a crow’s nest loader on it, which his dad purchased new.
Edward also had a deep love of music, in which he was highly gifted and able to play by ear. His instruments of choice were the accordion, violin, piano and organ. He also enjoyed watching the wonderful ministry of Dr. Adrian Rogers, Dr. Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and David Reagan. Each Sunday evening, Edward and his family faithfully watched Rejoice in The Lord.
Edward will be greatly missed by his beloved family and his many relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Ernest and Ida; and two sisters, Edythe Roisum and Marian Skibness.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Rolandson of Battle Lake; a son, Paul Rolandson of Battle Lake; seven nieces and nephews, Marsha, Wayne, Vernon, John, Ann, Jane and Roberta; and a host of friends.
Condolences may be sent to PO Box 543 Battle Lake, MN 56515
Visitation: Sunday from 4 to 7 at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church
Service: 11 a.m. Monday, at Crossroads Church (formerly First Baptist Church), Fergus Falls.
Clergy: Rev. Ned Eerdmans
Burial: Trefoldighed Cemetery, Battle Lake, where Edward, representing the fourth generation of Rolandsons, will join his forbears interred there.
Funeral Home: Faith and Hope Funeral Home, Fergus Falls