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James Rolph

March 18, 1944 - January 22, 2021

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Posted by:
JoAnne Check

Posted on:
January 30, 2021

Jim's life affected many people whom he never even met. His influence was like a drop of water that spreads out in rings across the pond. Although I never actually met him, I was keenly aware of his value to his family and friends. He brought happiness to my friend Barbara and to others in his sphere of influence. I am so sorry that he left behind a big hole in their hearts. I can only hope he is now enjoying the pleasures in Heaven that he so richly deserves.

Posted by:
Jayvyn Bonifazio

Posted on:
January 30, 2021

I love you Grandpa, I miss you. Memento Mori. Rest in peace.

Posted by:
Chris Yagher

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear about Jim. I haven’t been in contact with him for many years, but I remember Jim as a thoughtful, fun-loving and inspiring stepdad who worked hard and loved to play. Jim had a big impact on me many years ago after I graduated college. He hired me on a part-time basis to help him convert buses into motorhomes at his newly formed company, Chino Motor Coach. He was a patient and kind mentor, showing me the ins-and-outs of woodworking and motorhome conversions. On one occasion, he helped me repair my brother’s roll-around wooden tool cabinet that I had accidentally let roll off of a truck liftgate. Oops! Well, Jim was there in my time of need. He took the time out of his work week to help me rebuild the cabinet. On the weekends, we would go sailing to Catalina, exploring in the mountains or some other fun event. He always had an optimistic view of life and the future, and he loved to laugh. Rest in peace, Jim

Posted by:
Jeff Yagher

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

My deepest sorrow at the loss of Jim. I can remember many happy times we enjoyed with him. And I’ll never forget that laugh. God be with you all.

Posted by:
carol yagher

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

My dear Jimmy. What a fun, loving man you were with that infectious laughter and engaging spirit. What fun we had together with the boys and the girls--our big family dinners, holidays, picnics, camping in our motorhome, sailing to Catalina on the weekends. We drove up the Grapevine, water-skied on lakes, panned for gold. in mountain streams. We played cards with Mom and Dad and ate to our hearts content. We collaborated on projects together, dreamed big dreams and sat in our jacuzzi on the huge veranda you built. You were always creative and many of those projects came to fruition. We enjoyed the excitement and bounced about in that dune buggy--all chrome and sparkles. The Hunter 27 was our dream boat and what fun we had with Missy in her little Der Hund Hause. The seals sleeping on the buoys and the dolphins cavorting around the boat. So many good times together. Even our rings were unique! You were ever the bright happy guy I shall always remember with fondness and love. See you one day in Heaven, dear man. Until then. Carol

Posted by:
carol yagher

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

My dear Jimmy. What a fun, loving man you were with that infectious laughter and engaging spirit. What fun we had together with the boys and the girls--our big family dinners, holidays, picnics, camping in our motorhome, sailing to Catalina on the weekends. We drove up the Grapevine, water-skied on lakes, panned for gold. in mountain streams. We played cards with Mom and Dad and ate to our hearts content. We collaborated on projects together, dreamed big dreams and sat in our jacuzzi on the huge veranda you built. You were always creative and many of those projects came to fruition. We enjoyed the excitement and bounced about in that dune buggy--all chrome and sparkles. The Hunter 27 was our dream boat and what fun we had with Missy in her little Der Hund Hause. The seals sleeping on the buoys and the dolphins cavorting around the boat. So many good times together. Even our rings were unique! You were ever the bright happy guy I shall always remember with fondness and love. See you one day in Heaven, dear man. Until then. Carol

Posted by:
carol yagher

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

My dear Jimmy. What a fun, loving man you were with that infectious laughter and engaging spirit. What fun we had together with the boys and the girls--our big family dinners, holidays, picnics, camping in our motorhome, sailing to Catalina on the weekends. We drove to the mountains, water-skied on lakes, panned for gold. We played cards with Mom and Dad and ate to our hearts content. We collaborated on projects together, dreamed big dreams and sat in our jacuzzi on the huge veranda you built. You were always creative and many of those projects came to fruition. We enjoyed the excitement and bounced about in that dune buggy--all chrome and sparkles. So many good times together. Even our rings were unique! The Hunter 27 was our dream boat and what fun we had with Missy in her little Der Hund Hause. The seals on the buoys and the dolphins cavorting around the boat. You were ever the bright happy guy and I shall always remember you with fondness and love. See you one day in Heaven, dear man. Until then. Carol

Posted by:
carol yagher

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

My dear Jimmy. What a fun, loving man you were with that infectious laughter and engaging spirit. What fun we had together with the boys and the girls--our big family dinners, holidays, picnics, camping in our motorhome, sailing to Catalina on the weekends. We drove to the mountains, water-skied on lakes, panned for gold. We played cards with Mom and Dad and ate to our hearts content. We collaborated on projects together, dreamed big dreams and sat in our jacuzzi on the huge veranda you built. You were always creative and many of those projects came to fruition. We enjoyed the excitement and bounced about in that dune buggy--all chrome and sparkles. So many good times together. Even our rings were unique! The Hunter 27 was our dream boat and what fun we had with Missy in her little Der Hund Hause. The seals on the buoys and the dolphins cavorting around the boat. You were ever the bright happy guy and I shall always remember you with fondness and love. See you one day in Heaven, dear man. Until then. Carol

Posted by:
Kevin Yagher

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

I am very saddened by Jim’s passing. I have such fond memories of him. Jim had an infectious laugh. When people talk about someone who has a twinkle in their eye, Jim really had that. Everyone who knows him well knows what I’m talking about. Jim cared about his creative work. Really loved it. He put everything into his motor home projects and got excited about telling you what he was currently working on. But he was also exited about what I was doing just as much and was very encouraging. I felt he was proud of me. Although we hadn’t been in touch for such a long time, I know if our paths had crossed, nothing would be changed. He always made you feel comfortable and accepted. I am proud to have called him my stepfather once upon a time. Still feel he is. RIP father Jim. Love you.

Posted by:
Ray Seim

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

I will miss Jim very much, for the last 20+ years we have exchanged birthday messages, Jim is just one day older. This year will have an empty spot. We have done many of the same things in life and have maintained contact and an occasional visit since Jim built a motor home for me 25 years ago. There is a picture of Jim in the bus and he will continue to be a guest with us. Jim will always be in my memory as a great friend. Ray

Posted by:
Mike Hill

Posted on:
January 29, 2021

I can't tell you how much I will miss my good friend, Jim. He made lemons into lemonade and always inspired and impressed me with his problem-solving abilities and engineering automotive expertise. I knew Jim for 40 years and we worked together at three companies (Apollo Motorhomes, Executive Industries, and Krystal Enterprises), which spanned from 1980 until 2008. He was a true gentleman with an acute sense of propriety and was always there for me through thick and thin. One could not ask for a better friend. God Bless