Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 2:15 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Leo Rollins

Aug. 18, 1918-Oct. 13, 2011

Longtime Homer resident Leo Rollins passed away at home on Oct. 13, 2011, at the age of 93.


A graveside service was held by family and friends at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Oct. 17, 2011.

Leo was born Aug. 18, 1918, to Louise and Raymond Rollins. Leo married Edna Wilson and started their family before traveling to Alaska in 1949. The Rollins family moved from Fairbanks to Homer in 1952. Leo and Edna were blessed with their children Donna, Sharon, Patricia, Cheryl, Richard and Bobbie.

A true pioneer spirit, Leo never met a piece of machinery he could not operate or repair. He operated cranes that helped build Homer, Ninilchik and Seldovia into what they are today. He built docks, drove pilings, dredged harbors, moved boats and buildings. He bulldozed trails and paths that are some of the streets we travel on today. He helped transport, drill and set some of the original Homer Electric Association power poles north of Anchor Point. His mechanical knowledge and expertise was shared with many people when they needed help.

Leo has always been an outdoorsman including hunting, fishing and riding horses. Leo enjoyed building black powder pistols and rifles, prospecting and riding all-terrain vehicles. In his 80s and 90s he was still active in all these interests. One of Leo's pastimes had been racing cars. He was one of the founding members of the Homer Racing Association. They raced on the ice close to the south shore of Beluga lake until moving to their present location. Leo, in his ice racing car number 30, won many races and entertained spectators for years.

Leo's broad smile and vast knowledge surrounded him with many friends. His experience about moose and game on the lower Kenai Peninsula will be missed by his friends and loved ones.

Leo is survived by his children, Patricia, Cheryl, Bobbie and foster son Jack Helgen, and his sisters, Bernice DeSylva and Delores DeSylva. He also is survived by loved ones that include grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews too numerous to list.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.