Roland Edward Head of St. James, Missouri was born June 20, 1924, in Jennings, Missouri to James and Alice (Martindell) Head and passed away Monday, October 26, 2020 at the age of 96 years.
Roland attended school at Matlock schoolhouse and graduated from John Hodge High School in St. James.
Roland proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps from May of 1943 until November of 1945, spending 16 of those months in Italy.
On November 23, 1946 Roland married Elaine R. Braun.
After he returned from the service, Roland worked for General Motors then as a Research Engineer at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for 39 years. He played a huge role in the development of the first PET Scanners.
Roland was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James, Missouri. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing bingo in his later years at the Missouri Veterans Home.
He is survived by one daughter, Alice Malone and husband Marion “Tex”; granddaughters, Marian (Brandon Gregory) Malone, Angie (Donna Walls) Malone and Christie Malone; great grandchildren, Brett, Kelly and Devyn Dimovitz and Penn Malone; adopted great grandchildren, Ryan and Bentley Roberts; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Landolt; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alice Head; his wife of 66 years, Elaine who passed away August 21, 2012; a son, Alan Head; great grandson, William Chase Dimovitz; brothers, James and Vincent Head; and sisters, Dolly Matlock, Dorothea Passmore and Betty Snodgrass.
Family service will be held, and a memorial mass will take place at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of Rolla Cremation and Memorial in Rolla, Missouri.