Rollis F. Deetz, 97 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 18th at Bethany Lutheran Church: 2202 Forest Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403. Funeral service will begin at 3:00 PM, following the visitation, at the church. A private family burial will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Rollis was born March 3, 1923 in Waucoma, Iowa the son of George and Zelma (Wittkop) Deetz. Rollis graduated from Franklin High School in 1941. He served in World War II from 1943 to 1945 with the US Army in Europe. Rollis was assigned to the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He married Shirley A. Witt on July 5, 1953 in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Keystone.
Rollis worked as a clerk at the U.S. Post Office in Cedar Rapids, retiring after 38 years of service. He enjoyed watching and going to sporting events. He was an Iowa and ISU football and basketball fan, and an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. Rollis was a charter member of Bethany Lutheran Church. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his three children, Barb Deetz of Cedar Rapids, IA; Scott (Kathryn) Deetz of Marion, IA; and Kim (Charlie) Duffy of Independence, MO; a granddaughter, Nicole Deetz; a brother Loren Deetz of Iowa City, IA and nieces; Sharon, Bev, Karen, Janis, Deb, Jan, Sandy, and Terri.
He was preceded in death by his wife; Shirley, his parents; a son; Thomas Deetz, and three brothers; Roger, George, and Edward Deetz, a niece Denise, and a nephew Ron.
Memorial donations may be given to Bethany Lutheran Church.