Lt. Col. (U.S. Army Ret.) Howard E. Rollison, 85, of Inverness, Fla., passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2006 in Inverness.
Born June 28, 1920 in DeWitt, Ark., he was the son of Ben Rucker Rollison and Esta Fay Admire Rollison.
The family moved to Worthington, where he graduated from Worthington High School. He later received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He joined the army in November 1941, serving in the Aleutian Campaign as a second lieutenant, and as a captain in the Korean War. In 1966 he was a lieutenant colonel in charge of Intelligence and Security of Saigon, Vietnam. His last duty station was as instructor/author at the Command and General staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., where he retired from the military in 1969. Additional duty stations included Sasebo, Japan; the Pentagon; and Alaska. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland.
His medals and commendations included the United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, seven overseas bars, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Japan), Korean Service Medal, the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals, Joint Services Commendation Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
After retiring, he owned and operated a citrus grove and served as a reserve officer with the Florida Fish and Game Commission for 10 years. He was a member of the Military Officers' Association of America, Citrus Chapter.
An avid bowler for many years, he was secretary of the Citrus County Men's Association and for 17 years secretary of the Wednesday night Tri-county League at Sportsman's Bowl. In 2002, he was inducted into the Greater Citrus County Bowling Association for meritorious services. Other interests included hunting, fishing, and traveling.
Survivors include: his wife of 32 years Barbara Rollison; a brother Jeff Rollison of Linton; children, Kent Rollison, Carole Rollison Bartholomew, Pamela Nolan, Michael Parrish, and Sharon Joachim; sixteen grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Elizabeth Dooley Rollison in 1973.
A Service of Remembrance was held Saturday, April 22, at the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes. Interment followed at the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Full Military Honors were afforded by the U.S. Army, Ft. Stewart, Ga.
Friends, who wish, may send memorial donations to the Bud Wise Scholarship Fund. c/o MOAA Citrus County Fla., PO Box 995, Inverness, Fla., 34451.