Memorial services were held May 30 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenai, Alaska, for Acea “Ace” Rollins. Mr. Rollins passed away May 26 in the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. He was 77.
Mr. Rollins was born in Santa Rosa to Cyrus and Ora Rollins. His family then moved to the Camptonville area, where he attended grammar school. They then moved to Nevada City so that Mr. Rollins could attend Nevada City High School, from which he graduated in 1948.
After graduation, Mr. Rollins bought a logging truck and had a logging business. He then joined the National Guard and served in the United States Army as a mechanic on motorized howitzers during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Rollins worked for Sierra County in Downieville, where he met his future wife, Margaret, known as “Margie.”
Mr. Rollins and Margie were married on Feb. 22, 1958. The couple had a daughter, Mary, and lived in Goodyears Bar until moving to Fort Yukon, Alaska.
Mr. Rollins loved hunting and fishing. In 1966 he visited his brother, the Rev. Don J. Rollins, a Baptist missionary in Fort Yukon, to hunt for and bag his first Dall sheep. During that visit, he decided to move to Fort Yukon.
In January of 1967 he bought into a partnership that included Fort Yukon Utilities, runway maintenance and construction and oil and gas concessions. In 1983, the partnership was sold. Mr. Rollins then established a small motor repair and boat rental establishment in Ninilchik, Alaska. After 26 years, feeling the need to be closer to the medical facility, he and his wife sold their home and moved to Kenai, Alaska.
Mr. Rollins was a lifetime member of the NRA, active in the Republican Party and a member of the American Legion and Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Rollins of Kenai, Alaska; daughter, Mary Theilmann of Lakeworth, Fla.; three grandchildren of Anchorage; brother, Cyrus M. Rollins of Goodyears Bar; sister, May L. Bray of Grass Valley; 14 nieces and nephews; and 29 grandnieces and grandnephews. Mr. Rollins was preceded in death by his parents, Cy Rollins and Ora Hansen; brother, Donald J. Rollins; and sister, Leora F. Ellis.
Arrangements are under the direction of Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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