Jerry Lee Rolfs

Jerry Lee Rolfs, 73, of Lawrence, KS passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Pioneer Ridge of Lawrence. Memorial services will be held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS.

Jerry was born September 16, 1940 in Ellsworth, KS the son of Chester H. and Bernadine (Rife) Rolfs.

Jerry attended grade school and high school in Lorraine, KS and graduated in 1958. He attended McPherson College in McPherson, KS and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in June 1963. He also attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in January 1966.

He married Nancy “Nan” Lee Bohl on August 26, 1962 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ellsworth, KS.

They lived in Bartlesville, OK, Richardson, TX, Houston, TX, Midland, TX and have lived in Lawrence, KS since 1986. Jerry retired from Douglas County in 2008.

Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his three grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Bernadine. He is survived by his loving wife Nan of 51 years. Other survivors include his father, Chester Rolfs, Lorraine, KS; daughters Shelli Enyart-Whipple (Steve Whipple) Overland Park, KS, Cindy Schmidt, Baldwin City, KS; sister, Maxine Johnson (Mike) Lorraine, KS; three grandchildren, Mikayla Enyart, Addison Whipple and Brandon Schmidt.

A special thank you to Pioneer Ridge Rapid Recovery, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Grace Hospice for their care and support during the final days of his life.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Grace Hospice or American Diabetes Association sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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5 Condolences

  1. Bud and Jeanine Enyart on March 6, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Nan, Shelli and Mikayla – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing but you can take comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain. May your fond memories of him give you peace in the days ahead.
    Bud and Jeanine Enyart
    Luevina Wallace
    Kevin Enyart, Kelli Enyart
    Kirby & Connie Elliott and families
    Kim & Kirk Hanson and families
    Kristin & Christiaan Fourie and families

  2. Brad Grant and Stephanie Riedel on March 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. James Smith on March 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I only knew Jerry for a few years while working with him at Douglas County, but I had good conversations with him about our motorcycles. Prayers and thoughts go out to him and his surviving family.

  4. Douglas County Emergency Communications on March 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm


    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Day on March 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Saddened to read about the passing of Jerry. Thinking about you and your daughters at this time of grief. Frank & Edna Day

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