John Rollin "Rollie" Warner passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at the age of 88. He was born Dec. 3, 1928, to John Edgar and Ester Louisa Barrus Warner in Grantsville, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth; sister, Leila; sister, Sandra; and brother, Francis. He is survived by son, Jon, and wife, Laura; daughter, Manetta, and husband, Mark Dillingham; son, Christopher, and wife, Kathleen; and son, Donald, and wife, Juvy. Rollie joined the U.S. Navy at age 18. While stationed in San Diego, California, he met and married Sandra Ann Meckstroth, a fellow sailor. They were married Oct. 31, 1953, and later sealed in the Los Angeles Temple. Rollie and Sandra were married for 45 years until Sandra's death in February 1999. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren from his first marriage. Rollie married June Hale on Sept. 6, 2000, in the Salt Lake Temple. June preceded him in death in August 2010. He was accepted into the family by Kris Johnson and husband, Steve; Rex Stromberg and wife, Debbie; and Jim Hopkin and wife, Cindy. He was quickly adopted by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom they called "Grandpa Rollie." He leaves behind seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was proud to call himself a Navy veteran and retired after 20 years of service. After his retirement from the Navy, he earned a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Utah and earned a certificate of teaching in special education. He was a teacher in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Clarksville, Tennessee, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. He also spent five years working for the LDS church as an electrician, building chapels in Allentown, Logan, West Virginia and Clarksville, Tennessee. Upon retirement from teaching, he and Sandra would spend summers working for Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park until Mom passed away. He and June worked one summer in Yellowstone before serving an LDS mission assignment as Temple Square workers prior to June passing. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Grantsville 12th Ward, 428 S. Hale, Grantsville, Utah. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at Grantsville Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff of Diamond Jane's Assisted Living for their love and care for the past few years. A thank you to Mountain West Medical Center for the care provided for the last few days. Both provided great care and comfort for Dad.
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