Larry Rollins died at his home in Crawford Jan. 13, 2013, after a battle with cancer and other illnesses. He was 72.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at Mountain View Bible Church in Lazear. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories in Crawford.
Larry Forrest Rollins was born to Forrest and Viola (Kleist) Rollins on Aug. 15, 1940, in Gooding, Idaho. He and his family later moved to Oshkosh, Neb., Hill City, Kan., Arvada, Ordway and Salida before settling on Redlands Mesa near Hotchkiss in 1955. He started school in Hill City and graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1960.
He married Sally Shoemaker on June 4, 1960. They had two children and later divorced. He married Bonnie (Busey) Ferrier Sept. 15, 1984.
He lived in the Phoenix Valley for 20 years before moving back to Colorado.
Mr. Rollins was a truck driver. He retired on disability in 1994 and took up raising sheep, goats and miniature horses. He was a member of the Grand Mesa Harness Club and the First Baptist Church in Salida. He enjoyed animals, the outdoors, reading, welding, bird watching, photography making horseshoe art, and spending time with family and friends. He appreciated John Deere tractors and entered his 1948A two-cylinder tractor in parades.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Bonnie of Crawford; his daughter, Donna Ellsworth and her husband Keith of Pima, Ariz.; his son, Jeff Rollins of Mesa, Ariz.; three stepdaughters, Pam Filener and her husband Cleve of Montrose, Deb Linman and her husband Lyle of Sedgwick and Marcia Wyatt and her husband Dave of Wasilla, Alaska; one stepson, Andy Ferrier and his wife Katie of Crawford; one sister, Gail Acedo of Hotchkiss; two brothers, Merlen Rollins and his wife Linda of Chandler, Ariz., and Lucky Jay Rollins and his wife Gayle of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; one brother-in-law, Bill Busey and his wife Sharilee of Saratoga, Wyo.; one sister-in-law, Kathi Cramer and her husband Tim of Athol, Idaho; 14 grandchildren and 13 stepgrandchildren, Cory Frantz, Sherri Brandt, Page Johns, Matthew Linman, Clinton Linman, Reuben Wyatt, Naomi Wyatt, Caleb Wyatt, Lydia Wyatt, Kara Franco, Lance Raymond, Josh, Derek and Trevor Ellsworth; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Fork Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 127, Hotchkiss, CO 81419, or to the Friiends of Crawford Town Hall.
Arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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