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Rollin L. (Shorty) Rooks, 87, Columbia, KY native (1935-2022)

Rollin L. "Shorty" Rooks of Edinburgh, Indiana passed away April 24, 2022 at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was 87 years old.

A funeral service will be conducted by Reverend Randy Denton at 11amET on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Who-So-Ever-Will Community Church, 623 S Eisenhower Dr., Edinburgh, Indana.

Calling will be from 4pmET until 8pmET on Friday, and from 10amET on Saturday until time of service at the church. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh, IN.

He was born February 14, 1935 in Columbia, Kentucky. He was the son of Welby Lee Rooks and Myrtle (Rooks) Alley. He married Doris J. (Grider) Rooks on July 3, 1958 and she preceded him in death on April 24, 2011.

He is survived by son, Daniel "Weasel" (Salli) Rooks of Edinburgh, Indiana, daughters, Brenda (David) Maraman of Sarasota, Florida and Stacy Toler of Edinburgh, Indiana, 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, brothers, Avery Rooks of Columbia, Kentucky, Gene (Polly) Rooks of Edinburgh, Indiana, Holland (Kathy) Rooks of Kentucky, and Alvin Rooks of Kentucky, sisters, Ida Pearl Bryant of Edinburgh, Indiana, Bonnie (Norman) Shelton of Kentucky, Judy (Ernest)Wilkins of Kentucky, and Dotty Levine of Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sons, Ronnie "Poochie" Toler, Ronald Rooks, daughter, Barbara "Bobbie" Toler, brothers, Charles Curtis "CC" Rooks, Tyler Rooks, and Welby Rooks, Jr., and sisters, Cecil Burton and Ruth Burton.

Rollin owned Rooks Logging and was a life-long logger. He was awarded the Indiana Logger of the Year. He also owned Rooks General Store and served as a special deputy for Edinburgh Police Department.

He loved his family and grandkids very much. He enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports, loved going to auctions, working with his hands, fixing furniture, and growing fruits and vegetables.

Arrangements made by Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh, Indiana. Online condolences may be left at

This obituary is a courtesy to the family by Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.

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Shorty Rooks, 87, Columbia, KY native (1935-2022)

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