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Rollie A. Wisbrock

August 9, 1942 - August 9, 2017

Rollie Wisbrock, 75, of Salem, Oregon, died on August 9th, 2017, with his family by his side.  He was born to the late Roy and Lois Wisbrock, August 9th, 1942, in St. Louis, Missouri. 
Rollie graduated in 1961 from Grossmont High School in San Diego, California.  He received both his BA and Masters in Communications from San Diego State University.  Rollie met Dolores Montell in 1967 and they married later that year. 
Rollie led an adventurous and exciting life.  He started off with a bang when he moved to Alaska after high school to hunt, fish and mine for gold.  Only the allure of his future bride could pull him back down to the Lower 48.  His love of adrenaline got him hooked on whitewater rafting during his years living in the Rogue Valley.  Through rafting and working at Rogue Community College, Rollie and Dolores met a strong group of friends that continue to enrich their lives to this day.  When rafting finally became a little too crazy, Rollie smoothly transitioned into backpacking and world travel.  He particularly enjoyed spending time in Mt. Jefferson’s high country and in Italy’s countryside.
Rollie’s lifelong passion for education and civic involvement began in El Centro, California. He taught at Imperial Valley College, was elected to the city council and then served as mayor.  He wrapped up his career in public service as the Chief of Staff to Oregon State Treasurer Jim Hill.  In retirement, he taught communications theory at Willamette University, advocated for environmental causes, and became a successful artist.
Rollie is survived by his wife Dolores, daughter Stacy, son Tyson, and three grandchildren. They will remember Rollie as an amazing chef, storyteller, world traveler, and a generous and supportive husband, dad and grandpa.
In place of sending flowers to the family, Rollie
’s wish was to please consider a donation to either the Union of Concerned Scientists ( or the Salem Art Association’s Community Arts Education Fund (  A celebration of Rollie’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

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We were so saddened to hear of Rollie's sudden passing. Know that you and all of your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

To know Rollie was such a joy and a blessing!  His bright energy and caring heart will be truly missed.  Sending you peace, and may the comfort of many positive memories sustain you now, and always.