Bourne, Rolland "Rolly" Ridlen (March 28, 1917 - April 17, 1987)

Rolland Ridlen "Rolly" Bourne

Douglas Budget - April 23, 1987

Funeral services for Rolland Ridlen "Rolly" Bourne, 70, were held Tuesday, April 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglas with Reverend Jon Laughlin officiating. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Bourne died Friday, April 17, at the Converse County Memorial Hospital in Douglas from complications of lung cancer.

He was born March 28, 1917 in Concordia, Kan., the son of Charles and Edna (Ridlen)Bourne. He was the last of five children.

Mr. Bourne married June E. Ashcraft Nov. 7, 1937 at Trinidad, Wash. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this fall.

During his lifetime, Mr. Bourne followed a variety of occupations, from farming to wartime ship building, to highway construction, mining, dairying, city maintenance and most recently, forestry.

He came to the Gas Hills during its construction days in 1957, working with heavy earth moving equipment opening up the pits. In 1960 he moved his family into Riverton, living at 1010 East Jackson and began working for Morning Star Dairy as a retail milk route salesman. In 1968 he returned to the mines, working for Lucky Me as a mining foreman.

The Bournes left Riverton in 1977, when he accepted a position as city maintenance supervisor for the City of Douglas which he held until his retirement in 1982. In retirement, he worked for the U.S. Forestry Service in the Douglas area until his illness forced a total retirement in 1986. From then, until his death, he worked in his garden and yard at 115 North Ninth St., something that he enjoyed doing.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Douglas and the Riverton Masonic Lodge No. 26, A.F. and A.M. He was in the 32nd Degree Scottish Rites.

He is survived by his wife, June of Douglas; three sons, Roger of Douglas, Rick of Lander and Russell of Victor, Idaho; and one daughter, Malissa Diehl of Riverton; eight grandchildren, Rickey, Jr. of Lander; Elizabeth Lowder of Riverton; Kevin Diehl of the U.S. Air Force in England; Daniel Diehl of Brighton, Colo.; David Diehl of Riverton and Becky, Shannon and Tammy Bourne, all of Victor, Idaho; inlaws, Carol Bourne of Lander; Ronald Diehl of Riverton; Mike Lowder of Riverton; and Flo Bourne of Victor; two sisters, Edna Wiley of Hastings, Neb., and Eva Christensen of Salem, Ore., two brothers, Robert of Beatrice, Neb., and Melvin of Concordia, Kan.; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren. Rolly was preceded in death by his parents.

Serving as pallbearers were his four grandsons, Kevin, Dan and Dave Diehl and Rickey Bourne; and longtime friends, Dale Widhalm and Jack Cameron.

A memorial to the Converse County Cancer Fund or to the Douglas Hospice Program would be appreciated by the family. The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.


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