Rollie Nordell

Obituary of Rollie Nordell

Roland "Rollie" Bruce Nordell passed away peacefully at his home on October 10, 2022 at the age of 92 years.

Rollie will be sadly missed by: his loving wife Marion of 70 plus years; his son, Garry; daughter, Betty; grandchildren, Ron (Lana) Wolfe, Bonnie Wolfe (Joel Dustan) and Daryl Wolfe; great granddaughters, Hannah, Hazel and Hallie Wolfe; and numerous relatives and friends.

Rollie was pre-deceased by: his parents, Bruce and Mabel Nordell; his parents-in-law, Joe and Betty Brooks; and his brother, Jack Nordell.

The Celebration of Life for Rollie will be conducted from Turtleford Community Centre, Turtleford, Saskatchewan on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM. If you are unable to attend, the service will be recorded and posted on Rollie's obituary after the service.

Rollie was born on August 6, 1930 in Turtleford, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the farm one mile west of Turtleford and attended school in town. After completing grade 12 he worked at Fletcher’s Store for 3 winters and farmed in the summer. 

He married Marion Brooks on October 31, 1951. Side by side they farmed south of Turtleford for 55 years.  Rollie loved the farm life, the joy of new baby calves every spring and raising his herd of Simmental cattle as well as the trials and tribulations of grain farming. The most difficult part of farming came in 2006 when it came time to make the decision to retire. Rollie and Marion retired back to the farm where Rollie grew up. 

Not only did Rollie work hard he played hard. From a young age Rollie loved sports. He played ball, hockey and curled every chance he could. He pitched for the hometown team and played hockey with the Turtleford Tigers in the Big 6 and Big 4 leagues. Later he enjoyed playing with the Turtleford Tired Tigers. Apart from sports he enjoyed being with friends and family whether it was ski-doing, downhill skiing, fishing, dancing, visiting or playing canasta which often lasted until all hours in the morning.

Rollie was a proud supporter of his community being involved in many organizations including the Lions, TADRA, Agricultural Society, Mervin 4-H Beef Club, Turtleford Credit Union Board and Wheat Pool Committee. He volunteered and supported the community in any way that he could. Being involved meant socializing with people in the community and lifelong friendships. A special memory was organizing and participating in the 1976 Turtleford School Reunion.

There was always time for the younger generations. Rollie coached minor hockey and was a leader and supporter of Garry and Betty’s 4-H projects. When grandchildren came along, he travelled to hockey and ball games, school plays and whatever other activities the family was involved in. Many special times were had with family at the cabin at Turtle Lake.

Donations in memory of Rollie may be made to Turtleford Hospital Auxillary Inc., T.A.D.R.A or donor’s charity of choice.

Rollie's memorial card can be viewed or downloaded from the link below.


Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Turtleford Community Arena
431 2 St S
Turtleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
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