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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Harlan David Rolla, Sr.
August 22, 1932 - August 4, 2018

Place of Birth: Rural McKenzie County, ND
Age: 85

Harlan David Rolla Sr., was born on August 22, 1932 on the family farm in McKenzie County, the son of Conrad and Evangeline (Eheler) Rolla. Growing up, he spent most of his time working on the family farm and ranch. He took over the farm and ranch from his father, Conrad Rolla.

He met Carol Juanita Ericson and they married two years later in 1962. They lived on the family farm and ranch the entire time they were married. They raised four children and taught them to love the Lord Jesus. Harlan was a man of God and it showed in his demeanor and in the way that he treated others. Early in their marriage, Harlan worked for neighbor, John Anderson. Harlan drove school bus for 37 years for the McKenzie County School District, which worked out perfectly in making certain that his four children had a way to get to school. He enjoyed driving the bus and interacting with the children.

Harlan was a man of few words, so when he spoke—you listened! He waved to everyone when he drove and spoke to you when he met you on the street. He loved spending time with his family and his eight grandchildren. He was a wise man and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren of his love of the land. He was a deacon in the church for many years and had a true love for the Lord. He was most recently attending New Town Baptist Fellowship.

Harlan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Carol, his twin infant sons, James and Joseph, his three brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his children, David (Tammy) Rolla of Williston, ND, Angie (Scott) Abbey of Del Valle, TX, Hope (Brian) Kovaloff of Mandan, ND and Conrad (Cherri) Rolla of New Town, ND; grandchildren, Aaron and Austin Rolla, Erin and Ian Abbey, Riley and Hunter Kovaloff and Ashlynn and Clara Rolla; and his special friend, Shirley Bombach.

Harlan will be missed by all that knew him. He passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018 in St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck from cancer.

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Valerie Entzi (Watford City, North Dakota)
Aug 5, 2018
May our Lord hold you close.
Larrynygaard (McClusky, ND)
Aug 5, 2018
Val and i send our love and prayers at this time of your dads passing. He was a very nice person and we enjoyed all the years of driving school bus with him and all the years at church worshipping along with him. He will be missed.
Jaylyn Saunders
Aug 6, 2018
I was saddened by the news of Harlan’s passing. There is wisdom in knowing we do not understand the universe and all of life, death is one. May our Heavenly Father take you all in his arms for comfort as you journey through this catastrophic loss.
Your dad lived long enough to see his children grow up and to welcome future children of yours. Those should be blessed memories for you.
Harlan was one of the best neighbors one could ask for. Always willing to lend a hand and was so very honest. I will never forget his friendly wave while meeting him on the road.
When my mom was clearing her stuff out she gave Harlan some machinery. He wanted to know how much she wanted for it. Mom said nothing you can just have it. Even though he didn’t agree his face lite up with a big smile as he shook her hand with tears in his eyes said thank you! It was very hard to watch the sadness at the same time as he knew mom’s time was limited. They had been friends since childhood.
My heart feels your sorrow and pain during this difficult time. Sending comforting hugs and prayers to all.
Margaret Renbarger
Aug 7, 2018
Harlan's Family, Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this sad time.
The Bergs (Brandon, Minnesota)
Aug 8, 2018
Deepest sympathy to all of you.
G'Nell Sundheim (Colstrip, Mt)
Aug 8, 2018
Hope I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort knowing others care.
Our thoughts and Prayers G'Nell & Jerry
Suzie (Grantier) Thompson (Dickinson, North Dakota)
Aug 8, 2018
Sure enjoyed having Harlan for a bus driver for many years. Was a good guy - he will be missed!
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