Roland Isselhard

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Roland S. Isselhard, 80, of Swansea, IL, born May 25, 1937, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL, after a battle with cancer.

Rolly lived his entire life in Belleville.  He married the love of his life, Ruth, on Valentine’s Day February 14, 1959.  Together they raised five children.  Rolly had a passion for horses.  He raised horses throughout his life.  His greatest pride was the thoroughbred race horses that he raised and raced at Fairmont Park, a passion he shared with his sister and mother.  Rolly was a machinist at Century Brass Works for 38 years when he retired in 2002.  He was a member of the Cathedral Class of 1955 and still enjoyed the gatherings with his classmates.  He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed his clubhouse, and liked to go to the casinos.  His favorite place was his family farm that he proudly lived on most of his life.

Roland was preceded in death by his father, Roland M. Isselhard, DDS; his mother, Elvira, nee Winter, Isselhard; a sister, Joyce Kluge; a nephew, Roland Kluge; and two granddaughters, Courtney Isselhard and Elizabeth Pickerel.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Ruth, nee Rohr, Isselhard, whom he married on February 14, 1959;
five children, Linda (Jim) Walker of New Athens, IL, Mark Isselhard of Swansea, IL, David Isselhard of Swansea, IL, Laura (Keith) Pickerel of Swansea, IL, and R. Scott Isselhard of Swansea, IL;
nine grandchildren, Nicole and Kylie Walker, Megan Isselhard, Danielle Vahlkamp, Devin Isselhard, Ryan Pickerel, Melissa Miller, Brandi Rariden, and Dylan Isselhard;
several great-grandchildren, and more on the way;
his brother-in-law and best friend, Bill Kluge;
a special cousin, Tom Reis;
and a niece, Kathleen Kluge.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Deacon Gerald Bach officiating

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


9 Comments on Roland Isselhard

Becky Kern-Taylor said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2018 at 5:21 PM

Dear Ruth, so sorry about Rolly. Please accept my condolences for you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gale Hoff said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2018 at 6:07 PM

To the entire Isselhard Family, I am so sorry for your loss and also sorry that I was unable to attend his funeral. There is nothing more difficult than losing a parent. The wonderful memories that you have will sustain you during the difficult days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jerry & Eve Yaekel said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Davey - So very sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. I know you, your Mom, and siblings, will all miss him. Life is too short - never enough time with the ones you love, but you will have good memories of your Dad, always - Jerry & Eve

  • Fredericktown
  • MO
Chet Breitwieser said : Guest Report Jan 06, 2018 at 4:40 AM

Holding you in my thoughts with warm memories of the Isselhard family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Chris Harrison said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 9:22 PM

My thoughts and sympathy to all family members.

  • Fairfax
  • VA
Janelle Gray said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 3:48 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Laura.

  • Winchester
  • VA
Debbie Fehlker said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 2:21 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to the Isshard family!❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Greg & Jan Pickerel said : Guest Report Jan 05, 2018 at 1:22 AM

So sorry Isselhards. We will all miss Rollie. God bless him & his devoted Wife Ruth.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
Charlotte Volkman said : Guest Report Jan 04, 2018 at 11:13 PM

Ruth Ann, my deepest sympathy to you, the children and grandchildren. Roly was a really sweet guy. Always enjoyed holidays at your home.

  • Mesa
  • AZ

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