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Richard L. "Lefty" Rollings

November 8, 1924 — February 26, 2023

West Terre Haute

Richard L. “Lefty” Rollings, 98, of West Terre Haute, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 26, 2023. He was born on November 8th, 1924, in Fort Branch, IN, to Donn and Pearl Hadley Rollings.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII having served as an anti-aircraft gunner in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Manning DE199. He retired from Quaker Maid in Terre Haute after many years of service. He was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in West Terre Haute; a charter member of the West Terre Haute Little League where he spent fifteen years coaching and umpiring; a member of the West Terre Haute Volunteer Fire Department during the 1960’s and 70’s; and he also volunteered with the Providence Food Pantry.

His Wife, Vera L. Norton Rollings whom he married on November 8, 1947, preceded him in death on December 8, 2019. Survivors include: two daughters Jane Deal and Martha Haggard (Frank) both of West Terre Haute; a son, Gary Rollings (Jacki) of Mattoon, IL; two sisters, Shirley Pickett and Carolyn Blair both of West Terre Haute; eight grandchildren, Amy Rollings, Alexandra Rollings, Richard Harrison Rollings (Kayla), Jon Haggard, Leslie Marnewick (Eugene), Kalee Deal (James McDowell), Sarah Rodgers (Andy), William Levi Rollings (Angel); several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Don Rollings; a Son-in-law, Bob Deal; a brother Leon Rollings; and four sisters; Joan House, Rose Ella Moss, Wilma Giles, and Deloris Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 North 3rd St., West Terre Haute, IN on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 1:00PM, with Rev. Ed Gladdish officiating. Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the US Navy and the Vigo County Veterans Honorguard. Visitation is scheduled for Friday from 11:00AM – 1:00PM at the funeral home. The family suggests that if friends so desire, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Food Pantry in West Terre Haute.

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