Long-time Carter lumber veteran and company executive Roland "Rollie" Haring died Oct. 24 at the age of 70.
"The Carter Lumber family of companies lost a good friend over the weekend as Rollie Haring passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, after a courageous and hard-fought 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer," read a statement from the company.
"In 1958, Rollie began his career with Carter Lumber unloading box cars in Medina, Ohio. After spending over 20 years in the stores, Rollie moved to the purchasing department at the corporate office. By combining his infectious personality with his negotiation skills, Rollie was soon promoted to VP purchasing. In addition to his work on the executive committee, Rollie was also a member of the board of directors and assumed other roles such as VP logistics, a position he held until his death.
"While at Carter Lumber, Rollie won the hearts and friendships of all who knew him, and he will be sorely missed."
Haring's obituary on Ohio.com describes him as a sports fan, a man with many friends in and out of the lumber industry, and a neighbor who embraced the tradition of Christmas with an impressive annual Christmas-lights display.
Rolland Edwin Haring was born Aug. 5, 1940, in Lodi, Ohio.