Richard Stanley Rollinger Jr.

June 12, 1960 ‒ December 28, 2018

Centerburg, Ohio

Richard Stanley Rollinger Jr., 57, of Centerburg passed away unexpectedly Thursday, December 28, 2017 at home. He was born on June 12, 1960 in Grays Lake, IL to the late Richard Stanley and Barbara S. (Silkaitis) Rollinger Sr.

Richard was a 1978 graduate of Grant High School in Fox Lake, Illinois.  He was a member of the Colonial City Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Elks in Mount Vernon.  Richard was an Executive Chef and Caterer for Smithhisler Meats in Mount Vernon. He won numerous culinary and ice carving awards.  In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, going to Las Vegas, bowling a 300 game but the greatest enjoyment was when he was coaching his grandson’s baseball team.  Richard was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs through the bad years and finally the good year in 2016.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Roseann whom he married on April 11, 1992; step son, Scott (Millie) Williams of Danville; grandchildren, Christian Williams, Brittany Williams and Haven Elkins; sisters-in-law, Jill Ward of Jacksonville, FL and Kathy (Mike) Nisky of Beaufort, SC; nephews, Alex Leonhart, Philip Ward and Josh Ward; and lifelong friend, Skip Bacon of Louisiana.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by a sister, Rena Leonhart.

The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

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  • We are so sorry for your loss! We will miss Stanley!
    He has been a part of our family through special events that he has catered and our children working with him.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about this! Rick was a good man and a great friend. I really enjoyed getting to spend many summers with him at the kids ball games and always talking about our Cubs. He will be missed! Thinking about all of you! Roseann and Christian I’m here if you need anything.

  • We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Rick , Continued prayers for the family .
    Steve and Cathie Wallace

  • Rick was our close friend and a very special person to us. He will be deeply missed. Roseann and Christian you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss knew Rick from catering at Sanoh he was a great guy my heart goes out to the family praying God gets you through this time of grief . He was so special in many ways RIP Rick

  • so sorry roseann to hear of ricks passing. I will always remember him as a great chef and a great bowler. I will always remember his 3 egg omelette at the Knotty pine restaurant.

  • Bruce and I were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. “Stanley” was a talented creative chef who excelled in his work. We are missing him and praying for you at this sad time.

  • So sorry for your loss…. Rick always catered delicious meals for Sanoh for our holiday events. We will all miss him.. prayers to the family..R.I.P…Rick…

  • I knew Rick when we worked in Minneapolis from 1981 to 1984. Rick was a pleasure to work with and he always had a good sense of humor. He made me laugh a lot. We enjoyed music and sports. We used to go to many concerts in Minneapolis and the most memorable was Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble. I remember when Rick yelled out in that high pitched voice “Stevie Ray!” We played tennis and golf together. Rick and I went golfing the last time he was here in Michigan. We had also went salmon fishing on Lake Michigan about 2 1/2 years ago. It was a great time.
    Rick was a passionate chef, who’s first mentor was Joe Menke during when he was in Minneapolis. Joe was a very accomplished Chef, even at the age of 26. Rick as well as myself loved working for Joe, we were always learning something new. Rick also learned under another Chef, Fritz Sonnenschmidt, who coached the USA Culinary Team to several medals while he was a member of the ACF in Columbus. Rick had a desire to do his best, never taking shortcuts to please his customers and friends.
    Rick was a compassionate human being, always polite and respectful as well as cracking some very unusual jokes, which made me laugh insanely. I never expected him to go so early. I had plans of inviting him to come with me to a Minneapolis reunion party and my retirement golf party with my best friends. I will miss Rick very much. I wish Roseann and Christian and his relatives God’s blessings during this time and beyond.

    • Uncle Rick was not a blood Uncle to myself and my siblings, but an Uncle of the heart. Thank you for sharing g this. I did not know these details… just knew he was an amazing chef and an uncle I treasured.

  • Praying for Stanley’s family during this difficult time. He was a good man with a passion for cooking food. I had the privilege and honor of working with him for 2 years at Smithhisler Meats. He was always telling jokes, talking about the Cubs, and always worked hard! I’ll miss ya big guy!!

  • Roseann, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Rick was always a great support to our Relay For Life team and a favorite choice for us when we had an event to be catered. He will be missed. My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • From all of us at Siemens, please accept our sincere condolences. Rick catered many events for us over the years and always did a fantastic job. We are so sorry for his family’s great loss.

  • Roseanne and family,
    My deepest sympathies upon Rick’s passing. He was such as special person for all who knew him. His artistic love with food not only was supreme but always had HIS special touch. He made my daughter’s wedding over the top. I loved working with him, his corney jokes and grunt of good morning.
    My heart goes out to you and Christian and may God’s love carry you through this sad time. – Sheila Geiling

  • Roseanne and Christian, words cannot express the feeling of losing Rick. He will always be remembered in my prayers. Aunt Ruth-Anne and Uncle George Dusanic

  • He was a great man to work for. Loved his Cubs!! Gave me my first serving job in his first restaurant. Loved the ice carvings.
    Love, Rosemary Wallace

  • We will miss Rick and always remember him for being a kind and thoughtful brother in law. He cherished his wife and grandson and loved being with them.

    While we mourn his passing here on earth, heaven is blessed with another angel wearing a cubs hat..

  • So sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. Prayers for comfort for the family and his friends. He catered several of our Relay For Life fundraisers as well as our work events. He will be missed.

  • We are so sorry to hear that Rick had passed, he was much too young. Our prayers go out to you and your family Roseann.