Rollie Wayne Cannon, son of Bernard D. and Elowene I. (Duff) Cannon, was born November 12, 1943 at Bedford, Iowa. Rollie grew up at Mount Ayr and graduated from Mount Ayr Community high school in 1962.
Rollie enlisted and served in the U.S. Army National Guard. After his time in the Guard, Rollie worked as a police officer in Des Moines from 1967 to 1971. Rollie worked and retired as a customs agent with the U.S. Customs Department. He graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with a bachelor in criminal science in 1992. Because of his work, Rollie lived in several cities in the United States. After retiring, he lived the past 12 years in Oklahoma.
Rollie enjoyed golfing and loved his horses. He enjoyed horseback riding and caring for his many dogs. Rollie enjoyed to visit and looked forward to his coffee time with friends.
Rollie passed away at his home in Checotah, Oklahoma on May 7, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Rodger.
Survivors include his sons, Jeff Cannon of Des Moines, Iowa and James Cannon of Rolling Meadows, Illinois; daughter, Brandi Michelle Jones of Kansas City; grandchildren, Haley, Erin, Kristie, Nikkie and Chloe; sister-in-law, Jan Cannon of Mount Ayr, Iowa; niece, Monica Clymer of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Kevin Cannon of Wood River, Illinois; special friend, Sheri Daniels of Checotah, Oklahoma; several cousins; other relatives, and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
A funeral mass was held at the Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mount Ayr on Monday, May 14, 2012, with Fr. Glen Wilwerding officiating. Pianist was Peggy Worthington. Pallbearer was Kevin Cannon. Military rites were by Ringgold Post #172 and Iowa Honor Guard Unit.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.