William Alfred Rollwage

January 24, 1925 ~ May 27, 2018 (age 93)

William Alfred Rollwage (Bill), 93, died on Sunday, May 27, 2018.  Bill was born in Dallas to Oliver Charles Rollwage and Thelma Potts Wagnon Rollwage on January 24, 1925.

He was predeceased by both parents, his stepmother Madeleine Morrow Rollwage, sister Dorothy Helen Moore, and brother John Rollwage.  He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Laura May Lawler, a fellow chemical engineering graduate from the University of Texas.  Other survivors are his 3 daughters and their husbands:  Claire Louise Haskins and Alan, Laura Susan Engel and Barry, and Janet Diane Herber and Troy; and his brother’s sons, Gary Lynn and Kevin John Rollwage and their families.

Bill was baptized at Trinity Presbyterian Church, originally a Cumberland church in Dallas, and spent most of his life as an active Presbyterian.  He was ordained a Deacon and Elder and served as Trustee.  He believed in an eternal God and the gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Bill’s ancestors founded early churches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  Bill inspired his three daughters by his deep Christian faith, his efforts to serve others, and his loving care for his family.  He left us an example for living that will guide us for the rest of our lives.  We loved our father. 

He graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas.  He attended Texas Tech for a year and graduated from UT in 1947.  In World War II he served as an Aviation Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy.  He was employed by Dow Chemical Company for 38 years.  He served as Production Plant Superintendent, Technical Manager, and retired as a Corporate Power Consultant.  He was a registered Professional Engineer and was an organizer and the first Chairman of the Texas Gulf Coast Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He served as Chairman of Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, an organization of Texas corporations.

Bill served as City Councilman and Mayor of Lake Jackson, Texas.  He and Laura were members of a square dance group, Lake Jackson Promenaders, for over 25 years.  He enjoyed playing the accordion.  He entertained groups for singing and played with a flutist at nursing homes and for various special events, especially at holiday times.

There will be a graveside service at 10 am on Saturday, June 2, for family and close friends at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas. (6000 South R. L. Thornton Fwy)  This will be under the direction of Laurel Oaks Funeral Home and conducted by Rev. Stephen Rehrig.  A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, June 3, at the First Presbyterian Church (Cumberland), 1402 W. Broad Street, in Freeport, Texas.  This will be conducted by Rev. Tom Sharon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Presbyterian Children’s Homes, Austin, TX. 

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