Jerry A. Rolsten, age 80, of rural Mendon, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020, at Mercy Health - St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.


He was born October 18, 1939, in Van Wert County, to Carl & Grace ( Burley ) Rolsten. His parents and an infant brother, preceded him in death.


On June 24, 1977, Jerry married Helen L. Slane, who survives along with 3 children: Connie ( David ) Rolsten Wood of Van Wert, Scott ( Cari ) Rolsten of Mendon, and  Jane ( Steve ) Rolsten Barnes of Celina; 4 grandchildren: Luke ( Rina ) Brigham, Seth ( Abby ) Brigham, and Mattea & Mitchell Rolsten; and 3 great grandchildren: Brooke, Grace, & Simon Brigham.


After attending the Ridge School in Van Wert County, Jerry then graduated from 

Mendon-Union High School in 1957.  He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.


A lifetime farmer, Jerry was also a seed salesman for over 50 years.  Over the 

years, he worked at Teledyne-Ohio Steel in Lima and Trim Trends in Spencerville, and he was a bus driver for Parkway Local Schools for many years.


Jerry was a member of Mendon United Methodist Church, and had formerly served as the Sunday School Superintendent.  He was a longtime member of the Mendon Lions Club, and also recently belonged to the St. Marys Lions.  Jerry had been a member and past president of the Mendon Band Boosters.


Favorite pastimes of his were following the Chicago Cubs and Fort Wayne Tin Caps baseball teams, and harness racing.


Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 16, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Mendon, with Pastor Don Clinger officiating.  

Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery.


Calling Hours are 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 15, and from 1:00 PM 

until time of services on Wednesday, at the Mendon Funeral Home.


Those attending are required to wear masks, practice social distancing as much 

as possible, and follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by Governor DeWine 

and the Ohio Department of Health. 


Memorial Contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County, 

American Heart Association, or the Arthritis Foundation.


Condolences can be expressed to Jerry's family at


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