February 27, 2014



Jerome "Jerry" Rolfes, 80, formerly of Halbur, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Halbur. The celebrant will be Father Steve Brodersen. Music will be by Marcy Anderson and the St. Augustine choir. Mass servers will be Jerry's grandchildren Mariah Koster, Evan Koster and Hunter Rolfes. Lectors will be Jerry's son Jason Rolfes and granddaughter Madi Rolfes. Gift bearers will be Jerry's grandchildren Christopher Rolfes, Alex Rolfes and Gage Rolfes. Eucharistic minister will be Jerry's son-in-law Randy Starman. Casket bearers will be Jerry's grandchildren Nicole Larsen, Dave Starman, Matt Starman, Erica Starman, Katie Barton, Kelsey Barton, Amanda Johnson, Jessica Johnson and Cody Rolfes. Burial will be at the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a rosary and prayer service at 6 p.m.

The casket will be moved to St. Augustine Church in Halbur at 9 a.m. Saturday, when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Jerry's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Jerry was born Jan. 31, 1934, a son of William and Anna (Prenger) Rolfes. He attended St. Augustine School and graduated from Carroll High School. After completing his education he began working with his father in the tavern in Halbur and eventually became sole owner in 1962. On Oct. 1, 1960, he married Beverly Heim. In March 1968 he sold the business and moved to Carroll where he managed the Carroll Elks Club for a short time. On Sept. 1, 1968, he joined Carroll County State Bank, where he held the position of assistant vice president until 1988. In 1990 he relocated to the Des Moines area.

Jerry enjoyed Iowa State athletics, playing cards, listening to music, and taking care of his yard, but most of all he will be remembered for the love he shared with his family. He was a current member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waukee, and former member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, and St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Left to celebrate his life are his children: Pam (Randy) Starman of Carroll, Sharyl (Scott) Barton of Grimes, Annette (Mike) Falor of Waukee, Dawn (Jeff) Koster of Carroll, Steven (Cathy) Rolfes of Council Bluffs, and Jason (Janelle) Rolfes of Carroll; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his brother, Ron (Wanita) Rolfes of Minnesota; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings Orville Rolfes, Esthlyn Kaus, LaVerne Rolfes, Dorothy Goyette and William Rolfes Jr.; as well as his siblings in infancy: Evelyn, Evelyn Ann and Kathryn Ann.