Roland O. Dobson, 97, of St. Paul, NE, formerly of Cedar Rapids, NE died Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, NE.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, NE with Rev. Vern Olson officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Cedar Rapids with military rites by Dan Cox American Legion Post #44 of Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be 5-7p.m. Tuesday at Levander Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.
Memorials are suggested to the Cedar Rapids Volunteer Fire Department.
Roland Omar Dobson, son of William H. and Linda (Hoefer) Dobson, was born July 6, 1918 on a farm Northwest of Cedar Rapids. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, attended rural country school in Boone County and graduated from Primrose High School in 1935. Rollie entered the Army Air Corps in 1940, serving in the South Pacific until being honorably discharged in1945 and returning home to farm.
On February 2, 1949, Rollie was united in marriage to Darlene J. Andersen at the church parsonage in St. Edward, NE. They lived on the family farm where he grew up and that his grandfather homesteaded. In 1978, they retired from farming, moving into Cedar Rapids. Rollie served eight years as a Boone County Commissioner, from 1979-1987. In 2013, they moved to St. Paul where they resided at Matelyn Retirement Community.
He was a member of the VFW and the Dan Cox American Legion Post # 44 in Cedar Rapids. One of his most memorable experiences was taking the Honor Flight to Washington DC with his brother Reggie and granddaughter Angela in 2009. His love and passion was farming and his family.
Rollie leaves to cherish his memory three daughters and two sons-in-law: Laura Martinsen of St. Paul; Ann Martinsen and Donald Langer of Spalding; and Kerry Dobson and Bruce Reneaud of Omaha; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, along with many relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Darlene in March 2015, two brothers Reggie Dobson and Seth Dobson, and one sister Lillian Whitten.