|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1915|
|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1985|
Denver W. Roller, age 69, of 9 Robinwood, died late Thursday afternoon. Mr. Roller was the founder and president of Denver Roller, Inc., the state's largest funeral home holding company. Mr. Roller was born in Washburn, Missouri on October 19, 1915, the son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Doss Arman Roller. In 1934, Mr. Roller graduated from high school in Washburn. It was during that same year, Mr. Roller began a lifetime career in the funeral business, a career which spanned over fifty years. Roller started his career by serving a two year apprenticeship with a funeral home in Cassville, MO. In 1936, he left Cassville to attend embalmer's college in Kansas City, MO. During 1938, Roller was offered a job with McClure Funeral Home of Mountain Home, AR. Then, in 1941, Denver Roller bought the McClure Funeral Home. This move was Roller's first major step toward building Denver Roller, Inc. Denver Roller, Inc. is now the holding company for thirteen funeral homes in Arkansas (which includes Drummond Funeral Home of Little Rock and Owens Funeral Home of North Little Rock), two crematories, six cemeteries and Assured Peace Funeral Plan Division. In addition, Mr. Roller is the past president of Drummond Citizen's Insurance Company. Roller moved to Little Rock in 1954 when he bought Drummond Funeral Home. In 1974, Roller built Arkansas' first crematory in Conway, AR. Roller is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, a member of the Board of Directors for the Union Rescue Mission, a member of the SERTOMA Club and the Mountain Home Masonic Lodge #225. Mr. Roller is survived by his wife, Christine Nail Roller, a daughter, Sue Roller Jenkins of Mountain Home, a brother, Harold Roller of Los Altos, CA and two grandchildren. A church service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church with Dr. W.O. Vaught and Dr. Dale Cowling officiating. A prayer service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Roller Funeral Home in Mountain Home with Dr. Cowling and Troy Melton officiating. Entombment will follow at the Mausoleum of Prayer in the Baxter Memorial Garden in Mountain Home. Funeral arrangements have been made by Drummond Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be the SERTOMA Club, the Baraca Sunday School Class, the Board Members of the Union Rescue Mission and the employees of Denver Roller, Inc. Memorials may be made to the Union Rescue Mission of Little Rock and the Arkansas Children's Hospital.
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