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In Memory of

Orland A. Rothlisberger

June 15, 1929 - March 30, 2015

Obituary


Orland A. Rothlisberger was born June 15, 1929 in Murdo, South Dakota; he died March 30, 2015 in Culpeper, Virginia.



He served more than five years in the Army National Guard, including two years of active duty between 1950 and 1952, and held the rank of Master Sergeant.



In addition to his career as a professor of History and Political Science at Sioux Falls College, Orland served as an interviewer for the South Dakota Oral History Project. The State University of South Dakota published his piece, A History of the South Dakota National...

Orland A. Rothlisberger was born June 15, 1929 in Murdo, South Dakota; he died March 30, 2015 in Culpeper, Virginia.



He served more than five years in the Army National Guard, including two years of active duty between 1950 and 1952, and held the rank of Master Sergeant.



In addition to his career as a professor of History and Political Science at Sioux Falls College, Orland served as an interviewer for the South Dakota Oral History Project. The State University of South Dakota published his piece, A History of the South Dakota National Guard, in 1959. He authored "The Populist National Convention in Sioux Falls," published in South Dakota History Vol. 1, No. 2 Spring 1971. In Dacotah: History of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, published in September, 1971, Orland was acknowledged as an individual who was “generous with advice and information.” He served on South Dakota's Bicentennial Commission, a group that encouraged the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission to select the Shrine of Democracy at Mount Rushmore as a focal point in the observance of the 200th anniversary of America's founding (1976).



He was preceded in death by his mother, Winnie Kinsley; father, Carl E. Rothlisberger; stepfather, Algot G. Dahl; brother, Robert Rothlisberger; wife, Annie Mae Pringle Rothlisberger; and stepson, Robert Jolivette.



Orland is survived by his second wife, Sophie Jo Rothlisberger; two sisters, Doris Thompson (Oscar) and Ruth Guyman (Earl); brother-in-law, Orville Amundson; two daughters, Susan Anne Horvath (David) and Sharon Kay Kollar (Dennis); son, Curtis Alan Rothlisberger (Glory); two stepsons, Jayson Jolivette and Gordon Jolivette (Amanda); and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Special thanks to his good friend, Jackie Dare, who tirelessly gave love, friendship, and support to Orland and his family. And to his brother-in-law, Orville Amundson, who was a beloved brother, friend and companion always.



A memorial service will be conducted 4:00pm Sunday, May 10, 2015 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1200 Old Rixeyville Rd, Culpeper, VA 22701. Inurnment with military honors will be conducts 10:00am Monday, May 11, 2015 at Culpeper National Cemetery.



In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1200 Old Rixeyville Rd., Culpeper, VA 22701 or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit Street, Toledo, OH 43604.