Rolland C. Durbin
July 2, 1927 - May 28, 2021
July 1, 2021
Rolland C. Durbin (Bub) passed away at his home on May 28, 2021. His loving wife Hilda, daughters Karen and Brenda were by his side during his passing. He was born in Nebraska. Bub is survived by his wife Hilda of 74 years, his daughters Doreen, Brenda and Karen, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. His deceased son Steve, was always carried in his heart. Bub was 93 years old and a World War II veteran. He joined the United States Marine Corps at 17 years old and served his 4 years with great honor. He always said, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine" and he meant every word of it. He was very patriotic and loved The United States of America. He volunteered his time for many years at the Veterans Hospital in West Los Angeles, loving every minute of his time helping all the veterans he came in contact with. He loved to say hello and talk to everyone he met. Sharing a smile and telling stories of his life, particularly while in the Marine Corps was so much fun for him. He also was a member of the Elks Lodge in Culver City for 45+ years. He was the Veterans Chairman for 7 years. He always looked forward to attending their meetings and dinners enjoying the company of his friends who were members too. His greatest joy of his life was his wife Hilda (Sug) and they were married for 74 years. They met when he was 19 years old and Sug was 16 years old. Once they met, they were inseparable. They loved to dance together and once out on the dance floor, people would marvel at their perfect jitter-bug steps and smiling faces
. At the young age of 21 years old, he opened his Custom Car Upholstering business "Durbin and Castellaw" with his partner Marvin Castellaw. They were in business in Santa Monica for 38 years and enjoyed their work very much. His interest in restoring old cars to their original, gave him a sense of pride and accomplishment. Every Friday night at 5 p.m, many friends would come and gather at their business for happy hour cocktails, laughing and sharing the current stories of the week. Bub loved golfing, fishing, hunting and was passionate about spending time with his family. He got much pleasure helping everyone who needed help. All the neighbors in his neighborhood would come to him, asking for advice, guidance and borrowing many of his tools. He always looked forward to Margarita parties in his backyard with his friends, neighbors and family. He lived for his family and was a strong loving man with a truly generous heart. He was loved by everyone who had the pleasure to know him and will be missed tremendously.
A memorial service will be held on July 15th at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.