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A Faithful Spokesman. A Loving Shepherd


Rollin Arthur Reim was born on September 11, 1922, in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, to Edmund and Selma (Schaller) Reim. He was baptized on October 1, 1922, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fox Lake, Wisconsin.

Rollin attended Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon.

On July 8, 1950, Rollin married Ruth Engelhardt at St. James Lutheran Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Rollin was ordained into the pastoral ministry on July 3, 1949, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mapleview, Minnesota. During his early ministry he also served congregations in Sioux City, Iowa; and New Ulm, Minnesota. Rollin was installed as the CLC missionary and pastor of the San Francisco Bay Area on September 12, 1965. Pastor Reim became the founding pastor of both St. Stephen Lutheran Church of the San Francisco Peninsula (Mountain View), and St. Stephen Lutheran Church of the East Bay (Hayward) and at times in his ministry helped serve members in the Central Valley as well as Southern California. Rollin’s ministry spanned more than fifty years of full-time service. He fully retired from the public ministry in 2007, but remained very active in the congregation and faithfully helped further Christ’s kingdom through his words and actions until the day His Savior called him home.

The Lord blessed Rollin and Ruth with four children: Sue (Michael) Slattengren of Danville, California; Jean, now with the Lord; John (Carolyn) Reim of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Grace of San Carlos, California. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Rollin was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Jean.

He will be remembered for his encouraging spirit, his friendly, outgoing nature, and the exemplary way he lived out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in his life and ministry. He dearly loved his family, his Savior, and all the people he was called by God to serve.

His life serves as a good example for all of us. He endured his pain patiently, trusting in the Lord’s gracious good will for him. In His mercy, the Lord answered Rollin’s prayers and delivered his soul from this world to his eternal home with Him in heaven on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the age of 96.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of His saints.”

Psalm 116:15