Brian D. Rolling, 40, of Lodge Grass, Mont., and formerly of Le Mars, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at the Flat Iron Unit of the Sunlight Basin Ranch near Lodge Grass.
Brian Douglas Rolling was born July 20, 1963, at Lawton, Okla., the son of Jerry and Eilene (Yates) Rolling. He was raised on the family farm in Marian Township, Plymouth County, Iowa. Brian attended St. Catherine's Elementary School in Oyens and graduated in 1981 from Le Mars Community High School. He continued his education at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., and Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.
From 1984 to 1988, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a Green Beret in the Army Special Forces. Since that time he had worked on various ranches in most of the western states as a cowboy, with the exception of a year that he worked with a company that erected communication towers.
He had been a member of 4-H in his earlier years and the FFA during high school. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Tri-State Roping Club, the Northwest Iowa Horse Association, and Rendezvous.
Brian was a professional cowboy and loved the open spaces of the Wild West. He enjoyed working with horses and was an accomplished farrier (horseshoer). Brian was also quite talented at writing poetry and had some of his works published. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fly fishing, hunting, and climbing mountains. Family and friends were very important to him.
Survivors include his parents, Jerry and Eilene Rolling of Le Mars; seven siblings, Alan Rolling and his wife, Cheryl, of Le Mars, Doug Rolling of Kissimmee, Fla., Jeff Rolling of Le Mars, Sue Jacobsen, Bruce Rolling and his wife, Heather, and Teresa Manning and her husband, Dale, all of Merrill, and Julie Rolling and her husband Jared Leising, of Seattle, Wash.; nieces and nephews, Nick and Kari Rolling, Kyle Rolling, Jessica, Arturo, and Tyler Rolling, Tony and Tanya Jacobsen, Josh and Britney Rolling, and JD and Ethan Manning; several aunts and uncles; and his faithful dog Snuff.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and a sister, Brenda Lee in childhood.
Funeral Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Richard Ries officiating. A private family graveside service will be at a later date in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery in Oyens.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. Friday until service time at the funeral home.