COLUMBUS, Ga. — Col. (Ret.) Robert L. Rollier, 85, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2009 at Columbus Hospice House in Georgia.
Col. Rollier was born in Lake Placid on June 4, 1924. He first joined the service in December 1942. He married the former Eileen M. McCarthy, of Buffalo, in 1950 and they enjoyed 55 years of happiness until her passing in August 2005.
In his 35 years of military service, he commanded infantry units at every level, squad through brigade. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, three Bronze Stars w/V, three Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantry Badge with star, 13 campaign battle stars, Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, Senior Parachutists Badge, Army General Staff Badge with a combined total of 60 awards/badges. He was in combat in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Col. Rollier authored many articles and publications and was a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Army War College.
Following retirement, he and his partner, Dr. Edward W. Youngling, formed Allied Technologies International, Inc., a diversified consulting agency, which they continued to operate for more than 14 years until final retirement in 2002.
He attended Calvary Baptist Church and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, the Military Order of the World Wars and the Association of the US Army.
Robert is survived by his sister, Jeanne Chenoweth, Edgewater, Fla.; his daughter, Mary B. Wilson (William), Hamilton, Ga.; his sons: Robert L. Jr. (Fay), Columbus, Ga., Michael J. (Robbie), Columbus, Ga., Patrick D., Hamilton, Ga., and Timothy J. (Joanie), Midland, Ga.; his grandchildren: William R., Wilson Jr. (Vanessa), Tracy (Casey) Walker, Sara Wilson, Emily (Barry) Starnes, Robert L. III (Samantha), Ellen Fay, Brien Rollier, Michael Jr., Olivia, Jon Michael, Ross T. Rollier and Jennifer and Elizabeth Rollier; and his great-grandchildren: William R. Wilson III and Robert L. Rollier IV.
Funeral ervices were held Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Fort Benning Infantry Chapel in Georgia with Dr. Donald R. Wilhite officiating. Interment with Military Honors followed at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery.
The McMullen Funeral Home in Columbus, Ga. was in care of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund or American Cancer Society. The family of Col. Rollier would like to thank the wonderful staff at Columbus Hospice for all their love and support.