Rolland Thomas Love

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December 28th, 1939- January 20th, 2022.
Rolland Love 82, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully on January 20th, 2022.
 
An only child, growing up in The Ozarks created an idyllic life for him, aside from losing his dad at a very young age. He learned to fish, hunt and appreciate the world in a way that is not commonplace now for kids with video games and cell phones. He always says the internet has been the downfall of society and he is probably right. He helped run a fishing camp with his uncle where he conducted guided tours down the Jacks Fork and Current rivers. He ended up putting memories of his life growing up into words, in a series of books, short stories and blogs. He grew up in Summersville MO, a tiny town of about 500 people. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlyn Craig, at 19 and they had their first child Jeannie, in 1958. The young couple moved to Springfield MO, and then on to St. Louis, MO, where he started a career as a Respiratory Therapist at Barnes hospital. Daughter Janet was born in 1965.
 
His passion for Mark Twain and the history around the Lewis and Clark expedition grew into a tremendous amount of volunteer hours at Kaw Point, which became his passion over the past 20 years- making lifelong friends as they worked tirelessly to clean up the river and pay tribute to the amazing men and women who carried out the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804. He then took this experience and turned it into a mission to educate young people, giving talks in countless schools as he portrayed the role of Silas Goodrich, the expert fisherman on The Expedition. He encouraged young people to help their parents write their life stories, going into schools to give kids the script to go home and interview their parents and grandparents, so that their stories would live on. “ There has never been an uninteresting life “ is one of his favorite Mark Twain quotes. One of his other favorite’s and one which we have leaned on time and time again is ‘Most of what we worry about never happens.”
 
His positivity and easy connection with others is something to be emulated. He loved his family, dogs, friends, and enjoyed nothing more than spending time fishing and floating the rivers that he grew up appreciating so much. He never passed up an opportunity to make new friends, whether it was through volunteering, time spent at the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission playing pickle ball and hanging out with friends drinking coffee, or at his various writers groups. He also thoroughly enjoyed attending a weekly coffee that dear friend Steve Curtis of Urbanworks hosted every Friday and a new group of friends he made who met each Thursday as well.
 
Among his many accomplishments, Rolland co authored the first Apple Software directories in the early 80s and published several novels, short stories and even a cookbook with co author Mary-Lane Kamberg entitled Homegrown in the Ozarks, mountain meals and memories, which combined recipes and stories from his childhood. Rolland was also a repeat “actor” at KU Med Center helping med students with their studies.
 
Rolland was a lifelong Democrat and so outspoken on Facebook at times that he would get “kicked off.” He was always surprised to find that his comments about various politicians and social causes might create this dilemma and was happy when he was allowed back on, because he so enjoyed the banter and posting about his books, using it as a marketing tool every chance he could.
 
He accepted the diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis with dignity and grace and was a gift to all who knew and loved him. He will be dearly missed but his legacy will live on in his writings, humor, and his family who adore him.
 
Rolland is survived by his wife Marlyn (Craig), daughters Jeannie Evans and Janet Chandler, son in laws Dennis Chandler and Tom Mika, as well as proud grandfather to Nickolas Evans, Jake, Lauren and Katherine Chandler and great-grandfather of baby Ryan Evans.

Service

Burial will be private with a celebration of life to be determined at a later date.
 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Rolland’s name to Friends of the Kaw (see link below), a cause near and dear to his heart.
 
 
The mailing address is:  Friends of the Kaw, P.O. Box 1612, Lawrence, KS 66044
 

11 Comments

  1. Don and Mary Asssmann on May 14, 2022 at 10:32 am

    We knew Rolland because of his many trips to Iowa. He had an interesting life and will be missed by all who knew him. sincerely

  2. Pat Haberkamp Stout on February 3, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Growing up in Summersville with Rolland and Marlyn was a high point in my life. We all moved to other parts of the country after graduation, but, in later years, I kept up with Rolland and Marlyn through his cousin, Sandra Shandy and Facebook. Time never dims friendships and love, and I will always remember the wonderful times spent in the Ozarks with my friends. Rolland’s love of the Ozarks and his writing have touched many lives and I only wish we could have visited back and forth through the years. I am sending my love and condolences to Marlyn, Jeannie and Janet, and remembering Rolland and his wit with fondness and love. May God bless and guide all of you in the times ahead. You are blessed to have so many wonderful memories. With love, Pat

  3. Betty Terrill on January 30, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Sad to hear of the passing of a high school classmate who was so vibrant, hardworking, and creative. Although we all went our own ways after high school, the story of Rolland Love lives on. I did not keep up with my young friends, but I believe that his wife, Marlyn, my great school chum and friend, contributed volumes to his success. My heart goes out to her and the children.

  4. Betty (McCallister) Hoevelmann on January 28, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    We grew up in the same home town. I went all through early school years with both Rolland and Marlyn. Our parents were good friends and actually fished and even camped together. We enjoyed reading his books.We were shocked to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew him. My sympathy and love goes out to Marlyn, Jeanne, Janet and all the rest of family.

  5. Mary Gay Rogers on January 27, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Mary Gay Rogers and Don White.
    We would see Rolland on the pickleball court at Sylvester Powell. Wow, was a wicked player.
    Also, Mary Gay was honored to be in a play with him at Kansas City Kansas Community College. It was directed by a director from the Seinfeld Show. We had a ball! Rolland always had a warm smile and was so positive and complimentary. Great sympathy to the family on his passing. Also, knew him as a standardized patient at UMKC. We saw the notice on the Talent Unlimited Facebook posting. Please let us know about a memorial service. mgrogers59@msn.com

  6. Tim Goldsbury on January 24, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Rolland was my good friend and confidant for over fifty years.
    He was always smiling, energetic and creative.
    Rolland Love will be missed.
    God Bless and may he rest in peace.

  7. Vic Scheffe on January 23, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    I had not known Rolland long but cherished the time I got to spend with him. My regret is I did not meet him sooner in my life. I have gotten used to having him at our coffee gatherings on Thursdays and I will miss seeing him there. His presence added a lot to our group.

    Vic Scheffe

  8. Cris Siebenlist on January 23, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    How grateful I am that I accepted a position on the board of the Friends of Kaw Point so I could get to know and love Rolland. He brought me many a smile both in person and through his writing. You will always be remembered and cherished, Rolland.

  9. Sam Giordano on January 23, 2022 at 8:47 am

    I met Rolland when he gave me my start in respiratory care in ’63. Our friendship stayed strong for over 58yrs. We helped each other as brothers.
    He was a rock, and inspiration to me. He worked quietly behind the scenes touching the lives of so many people in so many ways.. He was a man of many talents, and interests, and never afraid to lose sight of the shore to explore new places. He never gave up !
    May God Bless Him

  10. Mitch & Linda on January 22, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Your Dad accomplished so much. He will be greatly missed. In Sympathy, Linda & Mitch

  11. Debbie Hutchison on January 22, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    The ponds and rivers will miss you as well as all the friends you made along the way. Sleep well and enjoy the next chapter/journey that life has I store for you. Love you

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