Richard Mark Roffler was born November 27, 1945, to Adolph and Maude Roffler of Grassy Butte, N.D. He was their fourth child out of five. He left this world suddenly on January 19, 2018, much to the shock and heartbreak of his family.
Rick grew up on a large working ranch in the badlands of North Dakota. It was a boy’s dream childhood of horses, dogs, farm equipment and a loving family. Rick boarded and graduated at Campus High School in Dickinson, N.D. He then stayed and spent two years at Dickinson Teacher’s College. He was drafted into service of the United States Army in May 1968, and was trained in Radio Communication and sent to Germany. After his tour he was honorably discharged. Shortly after, he began driving trucks for his Uncle Harry Rehm. Both the training he received in this vocation and life skills began his career in trucking. Rick worked for several companies over his career including Guerdon, Woolworth’s, UPS, Vanguard, and Frito Lay. He hauled everything from mobile homes to Christmas packages to potato chips. He married the love of his life, Sheila Mann, on November 26, 1972. They enjoyed traveling and working together to pull mobile homes for Guerdon.
He and Sheila welcomed two daughters to their family, Nicole (born in 1977) and Sarah (born in 1978). Rick was very involved and passionate about his faith in Jesus Christ, his family, and his country. He put his whole heart and energy in anything he set his mind to. His wife Sheila retired from K-State in 2000 due to health problems. He retired from Frito Lay in 2010, and as his beloved wife Sheila’s health continued to decline he took over as her full-time caregiver. A role he devoted himself to for the rest of his life.
Over the years, Rick and Sheila were privileged to welcome five grandchildren to the family from Nikki and CJ. When Sheila’s condition allowed, they loved to travel as much as they could. Rick also loved to track Sarah’s missionary travels around the world.
Some of his hobbies included daily bible reading as well as reading for pleasure, fishing and playing with the grandchildren, driving his trucks, and general handyman jobs.
Rick and Sheila were married for 45 years. He was a Promise Keeper, prayer warrior, and a humble man. Rick touched many lives and everyone who knew him loved him dearly. He will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Maude Roffler; and only sister, Janice and her husband Clarence Danielson.
He is survived by his wife Sheila Roffler; daughters, Sarah Roffler (Dallas, Texas), and Nicole and CJ Carpenter (Yukon, Okla.); five grandchildren, Cade, Clay, Christopher, Claire, and Cole, (Yukon, Okla.); and brothers, Malcolm and Gwenn Roffler (Grassy Butte, N.D.), Alan and Debbie Roffler (Bismarck, N.D.), and Kim and Laurie Roffler, (Parma, Mich.); and numerous other extended family.
The family greeted friends during a visitation from 6 until 7 p.m., Thursday Jan. 25, 2018, at the Westview Community Church, 615 Gillespie in Manhattan.
Funeral Services were held at 1:30 p.m., Friday Jan. 26, 2018, at the Westview Community Church, with Pastor Brian Smith officiating. Graveside Services were held at 4 p.m., Friday, in the White City Cemetery, White City, Kan.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions in memory of Rick are suggested to the Westview Community Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.