Sioux City

Roland "Jim" Cassens Jr., 67, of Sioux City, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at his home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Indian Mission, with the Rev. Dr. Marilyn van Duffelen officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, with military rites and the Sioux City Police Department Honor Guard. Visitation will begin today and will continue until service Friday, with a wake service at 7 p.m. today, at St. Paul’s Indian Mission. Arrangements are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at

Roland "Jim," the son of Roland and Margery (Smith) Cassens, was born on Sept. 25, 1950, in Mapleton, Iowa. Jim graduated from Westfield High School. In 1967, he started working at the Coca Cola Company. In 1970, he entered the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served with the 82nd Airborne Rangers until his honorable discharge. After his discharge, he returned to his job at Coca Cola until 1986. In 1985, Jim tested for the Sioux City Police Department and started serving in 1986. He retired from the police force on Nov. 30, 2014.

On Oct. 30, 1980, Jim was united in marriage to Mary Denney at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, Iowa.

Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Cassens; one son, Jaden Denney; two daughters, Clara Denney, and Dana (Jason) Hulit; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Vicki (Ray) Mincer, Nita Ainsworth and Chris (Milt) Rouillard; one nephew, Earl (Memory Cleveland) Frazier; one niece, Laura (Joe Conners) Frazier-Conners; and numerous children Jim and Mary helped raise.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Darwin Lee Rouillard; one daughter, Darla Rouillard; one granddaughter, Heather Rouillard; and two sisters, Kay Ericksen and Ruth Cassens.

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