Rolf was born in Snowflake, Arizona in 1931 and raised on the family ranch which has been in the family since 1878. He married his wife, Jean sixty years ago. They raised six children and now have 30 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. His Son, Reed and grandsons, Skyler and Kyle, carry on the fifth and sixth generation cowboy heritage.
Rolf spent over 30 years as a farm and ranch appraiser. He has had a sideline profession as a livestock auctioneer, selling cattle for the Navajo Indians for 45 years. For the past 17 years, Rolf has managed a desert ranch south of Apache Junction for Rodeo Video, Inc., a family owned ranching, roping cattle contracting, and rodeo video company.
Rolf’s cowboy poetry career began in 1981. Since then he has written well over 200 cowboy poems. He has recited in Elko, Neveda, also at Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott each year since its beginning. He has been featured at gatherings in Utah, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado as well as at gatherings in Sierra Vista, Stafford, Wickenburg, and Apache Junction. His poetry book, Cloud Watchers, has won several awards including cowboy poetry book of the year in 2007 by the Academy of Western Artists. He has produced two cds of cowboy poetry, Western Verse or Worse, and Cowboy Heritage. Both of these albums were nominated as best albums by the Academy of Western Artists.