Roland E. Wait, 90 of Allegan, Michigan passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020 due to Covid complications at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Roland was currently residing at Alamo Nursing Home. Born May 2, 1930 in Niles, Michigan, he was the son of the late Fred and Marie (Maxant) Wait and the husband of the late Marcia (Shimmons) Wait who he was married to for sixty years. The late Maisie and Wayne French were second parents to Roland. Roland served as a Sergeant in the United States Army fighting in the Korean War. He worked at the L. Perrigo Company as a printer and Rockwell International as a machinist for many many years. Roland, and his late wife Marcia, raised their family in their home in Cheshire Twp., where they lived all of their life. Some called him a “ladies man” but everyone knew him as a fun-loving guy always joking around to get smiles from his friends and family. Roland was a true Lions fan who also loved eating sweets. He loved the outdoors including gardening, cutting wood, grilling his special “Salt Steak” and talking with his goats and animals. He always greeted you with “Good Morning” no matter what time of the day it was. He loved spending time with family and friends at the lake lots on Duck and Minkler Lakes where he would grill, fish and go on pontoon rides.
Those left to cherish Roland’s memory are his sister, Sandra (Jack) Bale, his children, Jody (Mike) Wagner, Ronnie Wait, Steven (Laura) Wait and Fred (Sandy) Wait; his grandchildren, Erin O’Reilly, Megan O’Reilly and Sean (Kourtney) O’Reilly, Sean (Brandye) Schmitt, Jessica Wait, Kyle Wait and Haley Wait; his great-grandchildren, Owen Scott, Delaney O’Reilly, McKinley O’Reilly and Landrey O’Reilly; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Fred and Marie, and his wife, Marcia, he is preceded in death by his brother, Allen (Rachel) Wait.
In accordance with recent regulations regarding the pandemic, and in an effort to maintain the health and safety of loved ones, funeral services will be held privately with burial at Hudson Corners Cemetery. The family looks forward to celebrating Roland’s life in the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Roland’s name to Autism Alliance of Michigan, 30100 Telegraph Rd., Bingham Farms, MI 48025.