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Obituary: James Ernest (Ernie) Roland

April 10, 1923 – December 30, 2017

James Ernest “Ernie” Roland, 94, electrician and family man, passed away on Saturday December 30, 2017.

Ernie was born April 10, 1923 in Deep Creek, Idaho. Ernie attended school in Deep Creek and graduated high school from Buhl in 1942.

On September 12,1944, he married Edith C. Dillon in Wells, NV. They have made their home in Buhl for over 72 years. In 1944, he joined the US Army and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war he was a farmer in the Buhl area. After farming he worked in the electrical trade on several projects which included the Alaska Pipeline at Prudhoe Bay. In retirement, he loved gold mining in Alaska with his son Jim, where Edith enjoyed being camp cook. Ernie was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Buhl Chapter. In his later years, he was a full-time fisherman with his sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren and buddies, which he enjoyed as much as anything he had ever done. He is known for his fishing & hunting skills and his smoked trout throughout the states.

He was preceded in death by his parents Glen A. and Nancy D. Roland and brother Carl Roland.

Ernie is survived by his wife of 72 years, Edith Roland; twin sons Gary (Nancy), Greg (Jackie), daughter Judy (Nate) and sons, Jim (Diane) & Terry; two sisters, Arlene Florence (Duke) and Dortha Shorthouse; grandchildren Chris, Michele, Jodi, Katie, Amy, Annabelle, Gregory, and Colton; step-grandsons Jeff and Ronnie Harrison; 10 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and several step-great grandchildren; two brother in-laws and three sister in-laws.

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Above all he cherished family and always put them first.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Buhl, Idaho. A time of viewing will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with a rosary service beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018, also at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Farmer Funeral Chapel of Buhl, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to: Buhl Quick Response Relief Unit, 201 Broadway Ave N, Buhl, ID 83316

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