Harold "Eddie" Edward Rolens, 74, died Saturday, September 30, 2017.
He is survived by DeAnn Rolens, his wife of 47 years; Wendy Rolens Pryor, Kami Vinton (daughters); Rodney Pryor, Geoff Vinton (Son-in-laws); Nick Greer (Son); Kim Greer (daughter-in-law); Carolyn McNabb, Phyllis Jacobs (Sisters); Glen McNabb, Jim Yoast (Brother-in-laws); Grandchildren, Tiffany, Dayne, Logan, Zachary, Rocky, Wendi, and Kimberly; nine great-grandchildren and numerous other extended family members; and one dog named "Biggen."
Eddie grew up in Fredericktown, Missouri and graduated from Patton High School in 1962. He moved to Texas in 1966. In 1969, he met a hot chick at Ol’ South Pancake House and married her January 24, 1970.
He was a machinist, gun smith, and retail proprietor until 1996 when he and DeAnn bought The Pump Sports Bar. He enjoyed hunting and fishing for most of his life, but in recent years he most enjoyed going to the local grocery stores and spending hours scouring the isles for “bargains” and “unique” items. The pots and pans aisle was his favorite. But more than any hobby, he loved his family and friends.
He believed in helping people and opened his home to many “extra” tenants over the years. He had a heart bigger than Texas and was called “father/dad/PaPa” by too many people to count. He never met a stranger, and was a genuine friend to many—and beloved by everyone who knew him.
He had a heart of gold. He was extremely stubborn and hard-headed, but had a loving and tender heart. His physical strength was surpassed only by his strength of character and iron will. He was funny, kind, and fun to be around. He was a unique man that can never be duplicated.
A memorial will be held at noon, Saturday, October 21 at Grand Prairie Moose Lodge, Arlington, Texas. Also, a “Remembrance Day” all day at The Pump Sports Bar, Saturday November 4 in Arlington.
In lieu of flowers or plants, please donate to the Shriner’s Hospital or March of Dimes in his name. Or if you are moved by another charity that pleases your heart, then by all means give to them.