James Arnold Rolfe, 70
James Arnold Rolfe died Jan. 17, 2004 in Poulsbo. He was 70.
Rolfe was born to Arnold and Myrtle Rolfe in Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 8, 1933.
He married Lois Winterstein in 1955.
Rolfe graduated from high school in Auburn and then received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Washington in 1954. At UW, he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He later received a master’s degree from George Washington University in 1972.
In 1954, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy. During his military career, he served aboard destroyers, carriers and frigates during the Vietnam conflict. He also served as advisor to the Royal Thai Navy. As a Squadron Supply Officer, he was instrumental in establishing the submarine base at La Maddalena, Sardinia.
Rolfe listed among his awards the Meritorious Service (with stars), Navy Commendation (with stars) and Navy Achievement Medals.
After his retirement from the Navy, he worked as a financial manager for Pan Am and Subase Bangor.
Rolfe enjoyed skiing, backpacking, photography, music and travel. He was active in church and community organizations, taught Bible class and was a trustee at Martha & Mary.
Rolfe is survived by his wife Lois Rolfe; daughters Anne (Stephen) Keyl of Tucson, Ariz. and Nancy (James) Estill of Shoreline; sister Gloria (Wallace) Ryan of Buckley; and four granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Memorial Lutheran Church in Bremerton. Arrangements are under the direction of Miller Woodlawn Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donors candesignate memorials to Martha & Mary Lutheran Services or to Memorial Lutheran Church.