William “Bill” Roland, 64, formerly of Ponca City went to catch a breeze with his Lord Sunday, October 8, 2017. He was born on October 14, 1952 in Wichita, KS to Clyde N. and Mary Lou Parker Roland.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Ranch Drive Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Ryan pastor, officiating. Visitation may be done Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grace Memorial Chapel of Ponca City, OK. The family has requested any memorial donations be made to Ranch Drive Baptist Church 2985 S. Ranch Drive Ponca City, OK 74601, and will be at The Big Acres.
Bill came to Ponca in 1969. In 1971, he served a tour of Duty in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1975. Bill retired from the City of Tulsa as the President of the AFSCME Union and a heavy Equipment Operator in November of 2010. Bill enjoyed as he would put it “catching a breeze” on his Harley, spending time with his family, volunteering at the Disabled Veterans Center and playing Santa Clause in Tulsa for years. He attended the Ranch Drive Baptist Church when he was in Ponca City. Bill was also a Bronze member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Bill is survived by 1 daughter, Michele Brandt of Bixby, OK, dad, Clyde Roland of Ponca City, OK, 2 brothers: Collie Roland and wife Sheri of Clearwater, KS, Tom Roland and wife Erin of Odessa, TX, 1 sister, Becky Fowler and husband Joe of Ponca City, OK, 1 grandson, Austin Robedeaux of Rapid City, South Dakota and children who called him dad, Dara Quimby and Shayne Grier. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his birth mother Mary Lou and the mother who raised him, Phyllis Roland.
Bill’s guestbook may be signed online at www.gracememorialchapel.net
To Michele and the entire Roland Family ~ We were very saddened to hear of Bill's ('Hooker' as we knew him) passing! A really great guy! He and Steve both attended NOC in Tonkawa and had some great times together! We are so sorry we were unable to be at his service on Thursday. We were out of state and didn't realize this had happened until today. May God's peace be with each of you now and in the days ahead.
Steve & Cheryl MarquardtBlackwell, OK
Jill Quimby SheltonStillwater, OK
My friend, my respect for the things you did for others. Most will never know the loyalty you gave and difficulties you bore head on.
With the "good stuff" I will salute you!
With the resolve of your will and in your memory I will strive to be "better"!
Ride on brother.
Chris ShortSand Springs, OK
It has been an honor and a pleasure to be a brother and friend to you ,to be able to share what you shared with me over the years, you sir, will be missed as an uncle to my children and someone who I could always depend on in a time of need or if I just wanted to hang out. You will always be a light in the darkness and the hope for my future.
Love you my Brother you will be missed but never forgotten.
Vincent McGeeOkmulgee, OK
It was an honor to know you. The best union president Tulsa ever knew. You got more done as president than any of your followers. Ride with the wind, my friend!
Peggy MulvihillSapulpa, OK
Bill was a great friend and will be deeply missed. He always had a smile and was always willing to lend a hand in help to anyone that needed.
Robert S. MulvihillSapulpa, OK
"Uncle Billy will be greatly missed. I learned a lot from him! Much love, Anna
Anna ScottPonca City, OK
Sorry to read this of Bill passing. GREAT guy, like all the ROLANDs. May GOD keep you in his blessings. You are in my prayers
Joe RobyChula Vista, CA