Dad and I.  I don't know the year :(
Kenneth AKA Redbone Rolph
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 12, 1947
  • Place of birth:
    Taylorsport, Kentucky, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 6, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Lutz, Florida, United States
Let the memory of Kenneth AKA Redbone be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Kenneth AKA Redbone Rolph, 63, born on June 12, 1947 and passed away on January 6, 2011. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 12th June 2016

"Today my Daddy would have been 69 years old. It is so hard to picture him being 69. Daddy never acted old! He always looked the same to me, even as he aged. He was a giant in my eyes and made the shoes for Tony Sparto to fill as a father and husband very big! He was always kind to everyone and had a story to tell or joke to share. His favorite things in life were his family and music. He cared about the state of our country and used his right to vote to try and change what he could. He respected our Military and Police officers that help keep us safe. His barber shop was always filled with service men and Officers waiting for a flat top. He was the best barber in town and was known for his flat tops or flaP top as Caleb Sparto called them haha. Daddy loved his 3 girls and absolutely adored being a grandfather. He loved my Mama like no other and always put her first. She walked on water according to him. I sure do miss him and all his stories. I wish I could sit at his feet again as I have done hundreds of times either listening to a story I had heard hundreds of times loving every time he shared it or listening to him play (insert any instrument here) but especially when he played the banjo or fiddle. I loved hearing the stories of my family that had gone onto their eternal resting place, or about the troubles him and his buddies (especially Jim Martin) get into! I just miss him PERIOD! Today is bitter sweet. I love to sit and go through these pictures and smile, laugh and of course cry but again I just wish he was here. Happy Heavenly Birthday Daddy, you are loved, missed and talked about every day still in our homes! Love, Your Big Girl"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 12th June 2016

"Happy Heavenly Birthday Kenny.. You are remembered, loved and spoken of very often.  I have so many happy memories and would not trade them for the world.  I'm also thankful that when I remember the times we shared, it always brings a smile to my face.. Love you, always have, always will.  Your baby sister, Linda."

This tribute was added by Cindy Boyer on 4th February 2016

"Dear Janice & Linda and family, I'm thinking of you and of your loss, and I want you to know that although I don't know you, I care. In a little over a year, both my parents died. What helps me is to focus on the fact that they're not suffering, and that means a lot to me! And I look forward intently to the time of the resurrection at which time I hope to be here to welcome them back to life with a close and loving hug! Verses that help me promise the resurrection soon to come - Acts 24:15 and that 'unexpected events (or unforeseen occurrence) overtake them all." - Eccl. 9:11b Thus our loving God doesn't cause sad things to happen to our loved ones - James 1:13. Rev. 21:4, 5 promises that mourning and pain and death will be no more. Isa. 65:17b 'the former things will not be called to mind, nor will they come up into the heart.' - when our loved ones are resurrected and back with loved ones, then we won't feel the intense pain that we feel now as we miss being with them so very much! No sickness - Isa. 33:24; Older ones will grow young again! - Job 33:25. Psa. 37:10, 11, 29 - conditions many resurrected ones will experience, 'exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.' I hope these verses bring you comfort as they do me. Sincerely, Cindy Boyer"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 7th January 2016

"I love you, I miss you and will be so thankful when our family is reunited for eternity.  Your baby sister.... Linda"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 13th June 2015

"Daddy, it's been 5 birthday's you have spent in heaven now.  I know you are in heaven and are with your loved ones, I just selfishly wish you were still here. The kids are getting big and as you know Christian and Caleb graduated this year. Caleb is heading to California to serve his mission. I know you are beaming from ear to ear! I love you special and will always be your Big Girl! Happy Heavenly Birthday Daddy!"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 12th June 2015

"Thinking of you on this, your birthday.  Aunt Mae would have written you a special poem.. She is with you and can recite it in person now. The times we shared, the memories we made and our bond as an Eternal Family help me through the difficult times when I miss you most. Love you, always have, always will.. Your sissy, Linda"

This tribute was added by Amber Stallings on 27th February 2015

"Sorry for your loss. Just know he is in good place and is watching over you."

This tribute was added by Cindy Boyer on 7th January 2015

"I'm very sorry for your loss, and although I don't know you, and I didn't know your beloved father, I want to offer my deepest sympathy to you in your loss. Recently, My dearly beloved Mom died in Sept, and I find comfort in the hope to see her again in the resurrection, when she will be well, and living here on a beautiful earth that's been restored to paradise conditions! with no pain, or death! (Rev. 21:4, 5; Job 33:25; Isa. 33:24; Acts 24:15; James 1:13; Psalm 37:10, 11, 29) I hope this gives you some comfort too. Take care, Sincerely, Cindy"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 6th January 2015

"4 years...... Hard to even imagine. I remember laying in bed at night dreading the day you would leave us. I did this often and it wasn't just you I worried about. Mom, Grandma and Grandpa were always on my mind too... My love for you and all my lived ones is so deep in my soul I knew it would honestly take a piece of me when you left. I knew this as a child. I hate to say I was right..... I have felt the pain it has left. I don't like it. The key thing positive about it, is that it confirms that my love for you and them is a true love. Not just words. I remember a time we had gathered at Uncle Charlie's car lot to have a family get together. Food and music was abundant as usual! Justin had his karaoke with him a date we were all taking turns singing. I decided to sing Daddy's hands. I told you I knew you were not gone, but I wanted you to know I loved that song and thought of you when I heard  it. So I sang it to you. I still love that song, but it makes me cry now... Well truth is, it always did haha! I remember everytime you held your grand babies the love in your eyes was overflowing! I see so much of you in Elijah! I know you sent him here! He is so much a Rolph haha! Built like one, acts like one! God gravy am I in for it! He is so stubborn! Down syndrome brings along a stubbornness anyways.... That topped off with Rolph stubbornness means I'm really gonna need some extra prayers to make it through it lol! Well, I am gonna sit and think back on some good memories.... I love you and will forever carry you in  my heart! Love Your Big Girl"

This tribute was added by Joyce Rolph on 6th January 2015

"Daddy,
   Every single day I miss you more and more. But especially today I miss you more then words can say. I don't know why today is harder but it is. I think of all the wonderful memories I have on many different occasions.  I remember riding in the motor home listening to " the squirrel went bazerk" and dolly Parton and kenny Rogers tape lol. I remember you being a grand man who they defiantly broke the mold with cause I have never met anyone who could hold a pinky up to u. Trust me I have looked!! Lol. I know God has his plan but dag nabit so did I. I miss calling u 20 times a day and bringing u lunch to the barbershop in my p.j.s. I guess I am just trying to say that you are my world and I love u more then the stars in the sky. I miss you every breath of every day. And I can't wait til I get to see you again!!!!  LOVE YOU"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 6th January 2015

"I miss you every day.  Damon and I were watching TV earlier and there was a man on there whose hands looked so much like yours.  Damon remarked at the similarity and then said, "I used to watch Uncle Kenny's hands when he would cut hair or play music".. It's funny how sometimes the smallest thing brings a smile of remembrance and that warm "I love you" feeling deep down in our hearts and souls.  Till we are together again.. Your baby sister.. Linda <3"

This tribute was added by Joyce Rolph on 12th June 2014

"Happy birthday Daddy!!! Love you and miss you more then you will ever know!!!"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 12th June 2014

"Wishing you a happy birthday with all of our loved ones :)  We miss you so very much, but know we will all be reunited one day.
Love you
Your baby sister,
Linda"

This tribute was added by mareshia washington on 23rd May 2014

"sorry for your loss.  may god continue to keep you
and bless you and your family forever and ever."

This tribute was added by Barcelonamaria Heart on 1st May 2014

"I can see why you found this man so very special and why and how he touched lives. Privilege indeed to have known him and thank you for letting the rest of the world know about him through this wonderful memorial..."

This tribute was added by Nikki Garcia on 17th April 2014

"sorry4ur loss...


I also made a page
4my besti..
rip sleepy lopez (11/26/07)
http://www.forevermissed.com/sleepylopez"

This tribute was added by Debbie White on 7th January 2014

"I never will forget right after I lost my beloved mom how Kenny and Sheila were right there for me. I remember telling them how my mom always said my dog belonged to her  and wherever she went he was going too and she didn't care whose name was on his papers. A week after losing my mom I lost my gizmo , needless to say I was emotionally and physically  a mess. Riding with them in their mini van one day I can still  hear Kenny saying to me "Well I guess your mom showed you who's dog he was"  he was joking but at the same time I knew he was right and that they were both together and had no more pain and as much as I loved my mom and my dog they were in a better place and I had to start taking care of myself because mom and gizmo were  doing fine. I also need to mention too , that day Kenny and Sheila also let me bring my newly adopted dog Betty Lou with me in their nice new mini van , I don't know many people who would  have done that , Betty Lou was a handful and they had just got their van. This story may sound silly but to me it was a turning point and what Kenny said that day helped me more then he ever knew, I was questioning everything and looking for signs that mom was ok and when he said that I knew she was okay and it was me that needed help."

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 7th January 2014

"The past three years have gone by in a blur.  Our whole family, but especially your girls and the grandkids, miss you so much. Your humor, smile, laughter, musical talents, guidance and love for your family and friends were just a few of your qualities.  We came from wonderful parents who taught us the true meaning of family, not only in words, but in actions.  Till we meet again my sweet brother.. Your baby sister.. Linda"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 6th January 2014

"Well another whole year has passed. Your guidance is needed so much here on earth. I sure wish Heavenly Father could have waited a few years to call you home. I know it's crazy, but I still do the "what if's" In my head. What if the Dr's would have listened. What if they would have given you a chance to see if u could make it downtown to perform a surgery they all said u wouldn't survive. They thought you would go as soon as support was stopped. You didn't. You hang on all day and most of the night. Plenty of time to get u to Tampa. Tony says it's normal to still question. He also tells me it really was time for you to continue your mission on the other side. I don't like that answer, but it does help with the endless thoughts sometimes. Sometimes I just have to cry. I wish I didn't, but I do have to say it's cleansing @ times. Keep watching us Daddy. We could all use your great advice! My kids are experiencing another loss as u know, so please spend some extra time with them. They love you as u know with their whole beings! I dream of the Grand reunion we will all experience! I Love You special Daddy! Love your Big Girl!"

This tribute was added by janie cox on 18th November 2013

""♥†Sorry4ur loss...""

This tribute was added by Alan Zukor on 26th October 2013

"RIP redbone."

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 7th January 2013

"Daddy, my heart is still broken! You always had a way of making me better. But you have gone away, so my heart can't heal all the way! Yes, there are times that I am doing okay, but I'm never whole. There have been SOOOOO many times I needed to talk to you, to ask you a question or ask your opinion. Selfishly I want you here! My heart breaks for Mom, she misses you more each day. Love u!"

This tribute was added by anthony sparto on 6th January 2013

"Dad, I think about you all the time. I enjoyed the talks we would have. How you loved family and friends. You have always been a great example to me on how to love your wife and children .my children are so blessed to have you not only in there blood but in there hearts. Thank you for loving me for who I am. I can't wait to sit and talk to you again. I love you. Please hug my dad for me."

This tribute was added by Anthony Sperelakis on 6th January 2013

"Kenny aka Pappap aka Redbone - the kids and I miss you everyday!  Thank you for watching over your 'grandbabies' and being a source of strength for our family.  I know you are playing some great bluegrass everyday."

This tribute was added by Vera Henson Brady on 6th January 2013

"I love you Uncle Kenny.  I will never forget you and am making sure that my kids and my grandchildren know what a special person you were and how important you were in my life.  Rock it in heaven because I know that is where you are."

This tribute was added by Mackenzie Valter Burgess on 6th January 2013

"I still think you were bigger than life. So sweet. So loving. So loved. Your memory is so precious. Praise God for the time we had you! Love you bunches!"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 6th January 2013

"Kenny, I love you and miss you every day. We were blessed to have had such wonderful parents, siblings, children, grandchildren and the rest of our clan. What a tremendous childhood! One day all of us will dwell as an Eternal Family.  No more goodbyes or tears. Till that day, we're thankful to feel you near us when we gather together. Till we meet again, all our love, Your sissy, Linda"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 23rd October 2012

"Daddy, your Big Girl here really misses you! I look at all the years I have left without you and it breaks my heart! I know it is selfish of me, because you are in an awesome place. It just is so hard without you. So many times I want to pick up the phone to call you and to just kiss your face and hug your neck! I miss your voice. I love you so much, please help guide our family. <3"

This tribute was added by Nikki Garcia on 18th September 2012

"♥†Sorry4ur loss..."

This tribute was added by denise szostek on 1st July 2012

"beautiful tributes to your father."

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 12th June 2012

"Kenny, today I am celebrating your birthday.  You were one of the most precious blessings of my life.  You were a constant for so many  years it's difficult to navigate sometimes without your guidance, love and support, but we are all doing the best we can without you. I hope your Heavenly celebration with Dad, Mom, our sister and brothers is a glorious one! Love, Your Sissy"

This tribute was added by Mackenzie Valter Burgess on 6th January 2012

"It's hard to believe it's been a year since you passed. I miss you putting cool stuff on facebook. :) Be assured that your love of life & music will go on.  My son can play the piano by ear & he is playing the sax in the school band.  My daughter loves to sing & dance. Even I try to sing when no one is listening.  :) Today I choose to have a relaxing fun day just for you.  I love you!"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 12th December 2011

"Hi Daddy,
Well I want to wish you and Mom a Happy Anniversary. Today makes 41yrs. It may seem weird to some I say "happy" but I know that you and Mom were sealed for all time and eternity. So your marriage lives on even though you are on the other side of the veil. We miss and love you more than words can express. please be with Mom she needs u"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 18th October 2011

"Hi Daddy, today makes 2 years that Jami has been gone.I'm sure you have spent a lot of time with her.Jimmy would love to know you are taking good care of her.The hurt is still there so deep, he misses you and Jami so much.They have helped me through your passing.<3 your Big Girl"

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 28th September 2011

"Kenny, Today is a day we always remembered together.  We lost dad 42 years ago today. It was a lovely Autumn day; then came the devastating news. From that day forward, life, as we had known it, changed forever. I pray your reunion with our loves ones has been a joyous one."

This tribute was added by kenny rolph on 25th September 2011

"Grandpa,it's been a long time since i seen you.I had fun with you for the past yaers,You help me to be come the porson i im and i thank you for that,Grandpa i talked to grandma and i im getting my barber's license.I love you very much grandpa.from kenny aka pice of wood man"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 18th September 2011

"Hi Daddy.  Well today Jodi and Aunt Linda threw me a party today.  A lot of your family and friends were here.  I missed you today, you and Uncle Charlie should have been here to play music.  It was so much fun!  Everyone misses and loves you too much!  I love you!"

This tribute was added by Brenda Thompson on 9th September 2011

"Kenny, you were always larger than life to me. You were always very kind and a loving person. I will forever miss you and hope to see you again one day. Then you can play me some of that good ole country music. love ya!!!"

This tribute was added by Kristi Saunders on 27th July 2011

"I don't remember ever meeting Kenny in person but once we became friends on the computer we had alot of nice discussions over different topics. I enjoyed his opinions and insights on the different things we emailed each other."

This tribute was added by Linda Brown on 26th July 2011

""Kenny, It's difficult to accept that you are gone, even though I visit you and Charlie every week.  You were such an inspiration to me and had the answers, I could not find. Until our Eternal Family is reunited again...I love you" Your sissy, Linda"

This tribute was added by Janice Rolph-Sparto on 25th July 2011

"Daddy, I have not found a way yet to say goodbye. I struggle to make sense of it, but I have not been able to yet.I miss you more than words can express, but I know you know because you miss us too. I can't wait to see you again and to continue our eternal journey together.Janice"


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