Richard William Rollins
Date of Birth : August 5, 1955
Date Deceased : July 5, 2017
Richard William Rollins was called home to the Lord on July 5, 2017. He was born August 5th, 1955 in Portland, OR to Richard and Shirlee (Conklin) Grieve. Later he was adopted by his fraternal grandparents John and Frieda (Reisig) Rollins at a very young age.
Known as Dickie in his home town of Mulino where he attended school and then Molalla High School.
Dickie loved music his entire life. He began playing trumpet in the grade school band. Later he taught himself to play guitar, which he played through the remainder of his life. He was very active in Boy Scouts during his school years. He served as the troops bugler. As a young adult, he served as a medic in the Medic Corp of the US Army. He was a very creative and artistic.
As a child, he spent hours building model cars and airplanes. He loved airplanes. He grew up next to a small municipal airport. He like to hang out there and talk to different pilots. The owner of the airport found him to be very bright and eager to learn about planes. He would take him up in different planes from time to time and taught him to fly. He had his first solo flight in an airplane at the age of 11.
People found Richard to be a pleasant cheerful person. He made many friends over the years. He was loved by his friends and family.
Richards leaves behind his step mother Geri Grieve, two sisters Debi Rollins-Thorne of Oregon City and Rhonda McAnally of Huntsville, TX, seven brothers Dean Tucker of Winchester, OR, Tony Mills of Kemp, TX, Michael Carlson of Eugene, OR, Doug Mills of Portland, OR, Chris Grieve, Dennis Grieve of Vancouver, WA, Christopher Bauer of Hillsboro, OR and approximately 75 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by two sisters Tracy McAnally, and Tracey Warren, and one brother James McAnally.
He will be missed dearly by those who knew him well.
A celebration of Life for Richard Rollins will take place on his birthday August 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Lent's Baptist Church, 5921 SE 88th Ave., Portland, OR. In honor of his life many family members and friends have decided to discontinue smoking that day. Feel free to join in. He would be happy to know he helped others to stop smoking.