In Memorium




Written in August 2011:

The Medicine Wheel Healing Community has recently lost two of the founding board members. Rollin (Ron) Holton passed away on June 20, 2011 and Carol Koski on August 11, 2011.

It is a sad time for those of us that knew them and of the vision they shared concerning the Lakota youth and people. We are determined to carry on Medicine Wheel’s vision and to fulfill Carol’s and Ron’s desire of helping Native youth to build a better life for themselves.



Rollin P. Holton


April 11, 1946 - June 20, 2011



Carol wrote this obituary for Ron in June 2010:
Medicine Wheel Healing Community has just lost our founder and President, Rollin Holton. Mr. Holton had been ill for several months and succumbed to his illness on Monday, June 20, 2011. He will be missed.

Rollin was born and grew up in Whittier, California, attending Sierra High School. After graduation he began working with his father, a general housing contractor learning the building trade and attaining skills.

In the 1970's he moved to Hawaii where he built and developed a lucrative painting business. After leaving Hawaii, he became involved with the Church of Religious Science and married it's Pastor, Helen Street. They built the church and ministered for many years.

Rollin always had an interest in Native American people; their culture, their spirituality, and their customs. After meeting Carol Koski, they both moved their business from Southern California to Chadron Nebraska where they built Medicine Wheel Healing Community.

Rollin was a loving and generous individual. He was not always easy to get along with but that was because of his passion for the things he believed in.

We all love and miss Rollin and know that he is now in the arms of his God.




Carol A. Koski


August 30, 1951 -
August 11, 2011


6 weeks after the passing of Medicine Wheel Healing Community founder Rollin Holton, his life partner Carol Koski followed him.

She was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was the second generation of Polish immigrants born in the US. She was proud of her Polish heritage and tried to keep it alive.

In her late twenties Carol decided to leave Chicago and move to Southern California. She acquired a degree in business management at the University of Phoenix, Southern California and worked for several companies in management positions.

In 2000 she met her life partner Rollin (Ron) P. Holton, who passed away on June 20, 2011. They started a business specializing in manufacturing hemp products, like skate/snow boards and sail boats. Carol also completed an education as floral designer.

In 2002 Carol and Rollin moved to Chadron, Nebraska, where they purchased 25 acres on Slim Buttes Road. Their dream was to build a healing center for Native American youth to help them recover from alcohol and drug problems. 
Carol also started an online business to sell her floral arrangements. Another one of her projects was organic greenhouse gardening. She provided support for Lakota ceremonies through the purchase of tipis, and she offered employment and skills building for Native youth.

Carol was always busy maintaining her flower garden and taking care of her pets. She loved to cook and entertain people. She was a very generous person and compassionate for the less fortunate. She will be deeply missed by everybody who knew her.

Please click here to see pictues of the Memorial that Medicine Healing Community held for Carol and Rollin on February 10, 2012.