Dennis Francis Rolfes, 86, of Manchester, formally of Earlville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester; Reverend Gabriel Anderson officiated.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends could also call from 9-10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2020 at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home.
Interment: St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Greeley.
Dennis was born April 6, 1934, at Petersburg, the son of John and Veronica (Sassen) Rolfes. He was raised and educated in the Greeley area. Dennis served honorably in the United States Army.
On Feb. 16, 1960, Dennis married Jeanne Roling at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg. Eight children were born to this union. The couple farmed together on the family farm north of Earlville where they raised and milked Brown Swiss Cattle, and were members of the Iowa Brown Swiss Association. Dennis also worked at Lumber Specialties in Dyersville for 20 plus years. In 2019 they moved to The Good Neighbor Home. Jeanne passed away Jan. 30, 2020.
Dennis was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Greeley for many years and now is a member of St Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Dennis and Jeanne always tended a large garden on the farm and enjoyed going to dances in the local area. He enjoyed his Farmall tractors and loved and enjoyed his family.
Survivors include his eight children: Dave (Jody) Rolfes, of Earlville, Barb (Clyde) Ries, of Delaware, Mike (Mary Kay) Rolfes, of Manchester, Julie (Loras) Kruse, of Holy Cross, Jim (Tina) Rolfes, of Dyersville, Mark (Christine) Rolfes, of New Vienna, Denise Tjelmeland, of Independence and Linda (Dale) Thole of Dyersville; 35 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren with three on the way; one sister, Eileen Fortmann, of Ryan; one sister-in-law, Elaine Wulfekuhle, of Edgewood, two brothers-in-law, Leo (Dorothy) Roling, of Colesburg, and Alan (Jeannie) Roling, of Dyersville; and many nieces and nephews.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanne; one sister Jeanette Rolfes; two brothers-in-law, Emil Fortmann and Lester Wulfekuhle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.