Roland A. Montoure, age 81, passed away at his home in Blaine, WA on February 19, 2013. Roland, known to many as “Nin”, “Yoda”, or “Rollie” was the fourth of six children born to Roland A. and Minnie M. (Bellin) Montoure on June 3, 1931.
Roland spent his entire life in Blaine. As a young boy, Roland was an award-winning newspaper carrier and worked as a
commercial fisherman, and with the Alaska Packers. He graduated from Blaine High School in 1949 and served with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. He attended Western Washington State College and began his career with the U.S. Customs, retiring as a Senior Customs Inspector in 1996 after 36 years of service.
In 1960 he married Marna Jo Minge, and together they raised five children. Roland enjoyed fishing trips to Canada in the summer, card games with his buddies, classical music, spoiling his cats, feeding the local wildlife, but most of all he loved catching up with what was going on with his family. Some say he was a better weather man than "that King 5 guy". He was a hard-working, giving man who was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Roland was preceded in death by his parents Roland Sr. and Minnie, his wife Marna; his brother Harold, and sisters Minnie "Tutti" Dickinson and Shirley Aguero; and his best friend Don "Baz" Morrison. He is survived by his children Jana (Chuck), Karen (Chuck), Cathy (Frank), Sheri (Steve) and Roland Todd (Adrianne); his brothers Ray (Ethel), and David (Susan); 14 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren with one more due in June; numerous nieces and nephews, and many life-long friends. Also surviving him are his beloved cats. He was loved and will be missed by many.
Memorials may be made to the animal care facility of your choice.
Private family internment on Thursday February 28 with public memorial to be held on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m. at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street.