Roland 'Rollie' A.Lycan, 76, formerly of Pierce
Roland 'Rollie' A. Lycan of Kooskia went Home to Glory on Jan. 6, 2013 resulting from complications with leukemia.
Rollie was born Nov. 21, 1936 on Tahoe Ridge to John and Elvena Lane Lycan, the fifth of seven children, later being blessed with two younger brothers through the union of mom and Earl York.
He attended school in the Kooskia/Stites area and graduated in '55 from Stites High School. He married Joanne Larkin later that same year and together they had four children, three girls, Cindy, Teresa, and Randa and one son, Mike.
Rollie, being the outdoorsman he was, worked and played hard in the great outdoors. His work was in the logging industry and play in the hunting, fishing, boating and gold panning arenas. When the logging began to dry up, he changed careers and became a warehouse coordinator on the west coast for Schwan's Foods until he retired. He then did community projects like roadside cleanup and had a very large paper delivery area from Lewiston to Orofino and all points between as well as parts of Lewiston itself.
Rollie's life was a very active one, never standing idly by when something needed to be done. He was very involved in the Pierce Lion's club as well as being president of the CB club. While his children were growing up, the family resided primarily in the Pierce area. He was a very active dad in his community benefitting all to whom projects pertained. At one time the fencing team had the opportunity to go to national competition, so Rollie jumped right in to help with fund raisers to make that possible. While living in Superior MT, he was a leader for the local Cub Scouts group. No matter the location, he was one who could and did reach out and become involved in whatever was happening around him.
His capacity of loving was phenomenal. After tragically losing his own son in 1984 he continued to love others. In 2008, he again lost his beloved wife of 52 years, Joanne. In 2010 he met, wooed, and gave his heart for the final chapter of his life to current wife, Mary, of Kooskia. Together they enjoyed camping, gardening, 4-wheeling, square dancing, while separately he took pleasure in cooking, the hunting, mushrooming, and whatever else he could find to do with family and friends.
Rollie was preceded in death by parents, dad, mom, and Earl; son Mike; wife Joanne; brothers, Junior, Bob, and Allan; and sister, Barbara.
Rising above the sadness and sorrow, Rollie moved on. At the close of the final chapter of his life, he leaves behind wife, Mary; daughters, Cindy (Rick) Stager, Teresa (Mike) Packard, Randa (Steve) Ray, Yuko Cowans; stepdaughter, Laura (Kevin) Wells; stepson, Okle (Wendy) Welch; brothers, Alvin (Janet) Lycan, Gary (Claudia) York, and Duane (Leah) York; and sister, Darlene (Buck) Denham; numerous grand and great grandchildren; nieces; nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Rollie's life will be held on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at The Life Center, mile marker 69.5 on U.S. Highway 12, Kamiah, with Pastor Kelly Lineberry officiating. A potluck dinner will follow.
Trenary Funeral Home of Kooskia is assisting the family.
Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck, 2014
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