Rollie Loon

Rollie Loon


Dates

August 30, 1936 - October 27, 2021

Obituary

Rollie Loon, 85, of Plymouth, MN formerly of Mitchell, SD, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in Plymouth. The funeral service for Rollie will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 6, at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell with inurnment at Graceland Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, November 13, at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Rolland “Rollie” Clyde Loon was born August 30, 1936 in Mitchell SD to Magnus (Mac) Loon and Violet Stahl Loon. After their mother passed away in 1944, Rollie and his sister, Lois, were raised by his father and stepmother, Emma (Amy) Amert Loon.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of over 60 years, Ella Loon, as well as his children Deborah Loon Stumbras (husband Jon) and Douglas Loon (wife Jenifer).

Rollie grew up in Mitchell SD, graduated from Mitchell High School in 1955 and attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls SD for two years. He transferred to the University of South Dakota, where he made lifelong friends in the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and graduated in 1959 with a BS degree. Rollie served in the Army National Guard for eight years, first in South Dakota and later in California.

Rollie cared deeply for the Mitchell community and the Loon Farms just outside it. He lived in Mitchell for 70 of his 85 years. He first moved away after college graduation. His new employer moved him to San Francisco CA where he met Ella Mae Jasmann, the woman who would become his loving wife and life partner.

Rollie and Ella were married March 25, 1961 in San Francisco at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. They met over a meal in the boarding house of which they both were residents. When Ella moved out to Daly City with girlfriends, Rollie decided they better get married so they didn’t have such a commute for their frequent dates!

Their children, Deborah and Douglas, were both born in San Francisco. Rollie and his father-in-law, Ed Jasmann, moved the family to San Jose CA in late 1964 while Ella was in the hospital delivering Doug. For over five years, Rollie took the train to work in San Francisco. The family loved camping in the forests of California with church friends and trips to the beach. They made annual cross-country trips in the station wagon to Mitchell. Camping would become a lifelong passion shared by Rollie and Ella.

In 1970, Rollie and Ella moved their young family to Mitchell, where he first joined his father’s car dealership, Loon Motor Company, then became an independent insurance agent.  He was trusted by many Mitchell families and businesses until his retirement in 1999.

Rollie was a great caregiver of family, friends, farms, church and community. He patiently taught his kids how to drive a stick shift, mow the lawn, paint and repair things, pay off your bills, save money, take long walks and strike up a conversation with someone you don’t yet know. Mostly, he showed his kids what it meant to be a dedicated person who loved to meet new people and learn new things every day.

Rollie led many projects at First Lutheran Church, the church his father helped build, including the pipe organ rebuild, stained-glass windows repair, roof replacement and much more. He served on the Board of Trustees, including as President twice, and as Property Chair, Sunday School teacher, Confirmation mentor and Memorial Board member.

Always ready to help guide and care for his community, Rollie served on the Mitchell Planning Commission and several boards of the city. He was elected to the Davison County Board of Commissioners, on which he served eight years. Many community organizations benefited from Rollie’s commitment, including the Dakota Discovery Museum (board member and docent), Elks Club (trustee), Exchange Club (board member), Lions Club (member and president), Mitchell Blood Drive (chair), Moose Club and more. Rollie co-reorganized the Mitchell United Way in 1981 after it had shut down.

Managing the family farm was a true passion for Rollie. He drove out to the country as often as he could to check out the crops and fields, visit with neighbors, manage weeds and just be there.

He loved hunting and fishing with his buddies, his son and granddaughters. From pheasant hunting to walleye fishing on the Missouri River and fly-ins to Canada, he was passionate about the hunt but more so for the fellowship and time spent outdoors.

Rollie and Ella loved to travel. They drove cross-country many times to see family on both coasts, took several cruises including to Alaska, Norway and the Panama Canal, and pulled their fifth wheel camper down south for many winters. Rollie’s curiosity drove him to treasure new surroundings, but he was always most comfortable back home in South Dakota.

Rollie and Ella moved to Plymouth MN in December 2016 to be close to their children and grandchildren. They became residents of Trillium Woods where he made many new friends over morning coffee in the café. Rollie moved into long-term care at the Birches of Trillium Woods in April 2021. He and his family received wonderful care for six months from the loving staff of the Birches and North Memorial Hospice.

Rollie is survived by his loving wife, Ella, as well as his children and their families. Rollie has five grandchildren – Erica Loon (fiancé Michael Jacobs), Rachel Loon, Colin Stumbras (fiancé Taylor Stevens-Reece), Anna Stumbras (partner James Adams), and Claire Jackson Stumbras (husband Greg Jackson Stumbras). He has one great grandson, Nelson Stumbras. Also missing Rollie are his sisters-in-law, Betty Brown and Susan (Rick) Booth, brother-in-law, Donald (Janet) Jasmann, and many nieces and nephews.

Rollie was preceded in death by his parents; as well as his parents-in-law, Edwin and Anne Jasmann; sister, Lois Topping; sister-in-law, Carol Barrett; and brothers-in-law, Charles Barrett, Arthur Brown, and Robert Topping.

Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church (Property Fund, Mitchell SD), Lutherans Outdoors of South Dakota, North Memorial Foundation (Hospice Program) or St. Barnabas Lutheran Church (Plymouth MN).


Visitation(s)

Date
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Time
11:00 AM
Location
A Celebration of Life at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN

Service

Date
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Time
11:00 AM
Location
First Lutheran Church in Mitchell


Posted by Deb Neugebauer on November 9, 2021
I served with Rollie on the church council at first Lutheran in Mitchell. Always unassuming, good-natured, easy to work with, and had a way of building consensus without upsetting folks. I remember his great smile. My love Goes out to you Ella
Posted by Richard and Mary Goudy on November 6, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Rollie was great to work with.
Posted by Mary Freeman on November 4, 2021
Ella,

So sorry about the death of Rollie. You both did so much for the Republican party in Davison County and other community organizations. Treasure the memories.
Posted by Leonard and Janet Traub on November 3, 2021
His wit, and personality always stood out at family reunions, making him a favorite to all of us. On our motorcyle trips in South Dakota, my friends would always ask, are we stopping to see your cousins? The visit to our home in Canada a few years ago was the last time we saw Rollie.
There is a saying, A man never dies until he is forgotten, and Rollie will never be forgotten.
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Posted by Jana Jarratt Rose on October 31, 2021
What a wonderful tribute to a loving, kind man. He was always in a great mood and loved to talk. I remember lunches or dinners in the Loon home were full of great conversation and fun! Thinking of you, Ella, Deb and Doug and relatives and friends. He will be missed.
Posted by Stan and Donna Nelson on October 30, 2021
What good memories he left us when we were together in Mitchell....Sending prayers to the family
Posted by Lynne (Sejnoha)Lien on October 30, 2021
Ella,Deb and Doug, my deepest condolences on the passing of Rollie. I remember his genuine smile and nature. A truly gentle man. He is with God, and God is with us so perhaps we are not so far apart. Know that you are lifted in prayer for peace that passes understanding.
Posted by Tim and Jan Johnson on October 30, 2021
Dear Ella, Doug, Deb, and family, We are heartbroken by this news of Rollie's death. We first met Rollie and Ella many years ago when Deb moved into her sweet little house on Oakland (?) Avenue, just blocks away from our home. What a lovable, unassuming couple! Rollie was a "salt of the earth" kind of man and devout Lutheran who would do anything for you. Sending our love and sympathy to a great family— the Loons!
Posted by Brenda Kayzar on October 30, 2021
Sending so much love to Ella, Deb and Doug and their families. I'm blessed with fond memories of sharing in Rollie's laughter. We'll miss this gregarious and wonderful man.
Posted by Gary and Kay Shafer on October 30, 2021
Rollie was a great man with a warm personality, and a heart full of caring. He left Mitchell a nice legacy
Posted by Peter Scott & Ron Zweber on October 29, 2021
Deb and Jon, we send you our best blessings as we all grieve the passing of your amazing father. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. Love and support to you and your family, Peter and Ron
Posted by Mike and Jackie Malling on October 29, 2021
What an amazing celebration of life and remembrance for a wonderful man. Rolllie obviously touched so many lives and will live forever in their hearts minds and souls. May you find comfort as you remember him. Our prayers and hearts are with you.
Posted by Jacqueline Steele on October 29, 2021
Deb, Jon, Doug and Jenifer,

What a tremendous and full life your father led. Did he ever stop to take a breath? I remember Rollie so well, especially his beautiful smile. I have learned things from his obit that I never knew about the Loon family. What a wonderful life Rollie had and so well lived. Bless his memory.
I am very sorry for this huge loss in you family. Hugs and love to Ella and all of you as you remember and mourn this giant of a man, husband and father. He was a true blessing to this world.

Prayers, sympathy and love to all,

Jacqueline ( Jackie ) Steele
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