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John Donald Rolinski, “Rollo” as his friends called him, left us unexpectedly to go trim trees in the sky on September 16th, 2021. A month and one day after his 60th birthday.


He was born August 15, 1961, to Robert “Jack” and Isabelle (Wertz) Rolinski in Gaylord, Michigan.
John worked for over 20 years at numerous local tree companies he also delivered bait for Walt’s Crawlers in recent years.

He met Lisa Flickinger in 1993 and they came together with each of their previous children and married July 29, 1995, and had children together.


He also enjoyed bowling with his friends in a local league for many years. Rollo was a hard worker and very dedicated to any job he had. Every spring you could find him in the Pigeon River Forest looking for morels with his kids, and later his grandkids.
John loved to joke around and frequently flirt with the ladies. He will be remembered as an avid wearer of suspenders and always having the most stylish hair. Anyone who knew John knew what a great guy he was and what a big heart he had. Above all, you could see how unconditionally he loved all of his children and grandchildren. His greatest accomplishment in life was being a great father and “pop-pop” when he was home from the road.


John is survived by his only wife and lifelong friend, Lisa Rolinski; children, Casey Bonamie, Gerad Rolinski (Kymberlee Evans), Dakota Hosley, Jacklyn Rolinski (Jamie Stardevant), Noelle Rolinski (Dustin Cross), Crystal Flickinger (Brian Simpson), and Taylor Weige; grandchildren, Elly Kuras, Isabelle and Jackson Bonamie, Payton, Sophia, and Rosealeigh Weige, Kayden Rolinski, Delaina Rolinski, Karter, Hazel, and Blaine Stardevant, Arielle Flickinger, Dylan Kurily, and granddog Panda; siblings Dan (Maggie) Rolinski, Rob Rolinski, Sue Griswold; many nieces and nephews; several other family members, and the many, many friends and acquaintances from throughout his 60 years.

John was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Alianna Bonamie, brother-in-law Jack Griswold, and sister-in-law Sandy Rolinski.


There will be a visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home, 135 N. Center Ave., Gaylord, MI 49735 on October 2, 2021,  from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., As per his wishes cremation will take place at a later date.

John’s wishes were to have each of you visit in a casual setting.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family through the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548 Gaylord, MI 49734.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

6 comments on “John D Rolinski”

  1. Go rest high on that mountain! You will be missed! Thanks for our son and all the laughs over the years! I don’t even know anything more to say! I pray you found peace and our granddaughter! Rest In PARADISE, Rollo! 💔💔💔

    • John will be greatly missed by our community!!! He was such a kind soul and always ready to make you smile. We aren’t ready to part with our loved ones so soon, but Jesus was ready for him. May you rest in peace, John, the peace and hope that is promised to each one of us!! We’ll meet again in our Eternal home!!!

      • He was an amazing man and a very good father. John will always be my future father-in-law and I will never forget the memories we made. I only knew him for a short period of time but I’m glad I got to meet him. Fly high John, I hope heaven has a smoking section for you🖤.

        • Hey John, so many memories. I often thought of you and Lisa, and the good times we all had. Especially when it came to bowling. You were a serious bowler. God had a plan, and He just wanted you for His plans. Peace be with you my friend.💛

          • Edward Fellabaum (cable Ed)

            We were doodlebuggers, hadn’t seen you in many years, but I’ve smiled at memories for decades.
            I feel as though I’ve lost a brother this day, the clear is picked up and laid out upfront, steady-up Rollo.

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