Funeral services for Roland Roy Kaelin, age 75 of Ansley, were Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Ansley with the Rev. Bill Ragan officiating. Burial will be in the Ansley Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials have been established to the Ansley Baptist Church or the Ansley Fire and Rescue unit.
Roland is survived by his wife, Phyllis Kaelin of Ansley; sons, Mike (Darlene) Kaelin of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Tom Kaelin of Lexington; daughter, Tammy (John) Croghan of Stapleton; brother, Donald Kaelin of Grand Island; sister, Norma Casteel of Sargent; four grandsons and four granddaughters.
Roland Ray Kaelin was born to Lois Joseph and Elma Oleva (Williams) Kaelin Oct. 22, 1936, in a farm sod house south of Ansley. He grew up farming with his family, which consisted of his parents, three brothers and one sister. He attended school in rural Custer County and later Ansley Public School.
July 14, 1957, he married his bride, Phyllis Joanne Grell, in Shelton at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. From their union in marriage three children were born; Michael Roy Kaelin, Tommy Joe Kaelin and Tammy Jo (Kaelin) Croghan.
His occupational interest was construction with heavy equipment, from building roads in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, to working in uranium mines in Wyoming. In 1970, he returned with his family to his hometown of Ansley, and started his own business, Kaelin’s Construction. He worked for many farmers in Custer and surrounding counties.
From leveling land, preparing a building site to building farm dams and terraces, there was no job too small or too large. He enjoyed his work and the many good people in the farming community he served for 39 years.
When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He especially loved holiday gatherings; good fellowship, and of course mom’s great meals, made these occasions special.
His grandchildren were very special to him. Many weekends were spent at grandpa and grandma’s home, and in the summer many trips to the lake for camping, fishing and boating where many good memories were made.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lois and Elma Kaelin; brothers, Max and Richard Kaelin; and great-granddaughter, Annabelle R. Croghan.
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct. 13, 2011