ROLLAN's Story

PRESQUE ISLE - Rollan W. Walker, 83, passed away June 2, 2014 after a period of declining health. He was born June 26, 1930 in Madison, Va., the son of Rollan Ettinger and Mary Willis Walker who nicknamed him "Mann".

He and his wife Betty were married Dec. 5, 1950 and made Presque Isle and Aroostook County their permanent home when he was transferred to Loring Air Force Base from Long Island, New York in 1967. Rollan retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service to our Country and became a New York Life Insurance Agent and has always been willing to help his clients as the need arose. Whether you knew Rollan in the Air Force, as a neighbor, insurance agent, colleague, snowmobiler or friend, he was a trusted friend who provided help and encouragement unselfishly and generously. Helping his clients throughout Aroostook County was his passion including his routine visits to the "Valley". Rollan enjoyed traveling all over the world with Betty, as well as snowmobiling, gardening and many other outside activities. He was a member of the Grant Memorial United Methodist Church, very active in the Loring Kiwanis Club, Maine Loring Association and member of the U.S. Air Force Retiree Council, representing 13 states. He was associated with a number of snow sled clubs and achieved many insurance awards including National Quality Award, President's Council, LUTCF distinction and Agent of the Year in Maine for 1988.

Rollan loved his family and is survived by his wife of 63 1/2 years, Betty A. (Cole) Walker, their son, Rollan T. Walker and his wife, Rhonda of Hermon and grandchildren, Rollan Thomas Walker and wife, Candice; Scott C. Walker and companion, Courtney Shorey; Emily Walker; son-in-law, Kenneth Simpson and step-granddaughter, Kristen Thompson. He is also survived by great-grandchildren, Tyler, Brielle, McKinley and Ivy; along with step-great-grandchildren, Austin, Emma and Sylvia; a brother, Willie E. Walker and three sisters, Arlene Jacobs, Mary E. Lohr and Emily Shotwell. Rollan was predeceased by his parents, daughter, M. Dawn Simpson in 2007, sister, Ida Banks Bell and brother, James S. Walker. Rollan will be remembered by his longtime friend and business partner, Barb Leach and her family; as well as close friend, JoAnn Hubbard. Rollan will also be missed by his dog, Prince. The family would like to thank all who visited Rollan, the staff at TAMC, the Caribou Veteran's Home and all who cared for him over the past two years.

A Memorial service followed by a reception will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Grant Memorial Methodist Church, 79 Fleetwood St., Presque Isle, with Rev. Ernie Farrar and Pastor Ellen Cleaves officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. Sunday until time of services at the church. A private interment will follow at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Walker may donate to the Aroostook House of Comfort, PO Box 867, Presque Isle, ME 04769-0867 or the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, 37 Lombard Rd., Caribou, ME 04736. Funeral arrangements by the Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
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