Rolly D. Burkett
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Rolly Dean Burkett, age 90 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE.

Funeral Services will be on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Crofton, NE with the Rev. Gary Kimm and Rev. Woodrow Weidner officiating. Burial will be at the Crofton City Cemetery with military honors provided by the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Sunday at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton from 5-8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday at church one hour prior to services. To view the video tribute or to send online condolences, please visit

Pallbearers will be Michael Dowden, Brian Wong, Nick DeRoos, Monte Wieseler, Chris Wieseler, Jim Wilson and Chuck Gilson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Billie Sawatzke, Terry Buschelman, Barry Buschelman, Mark Kielty and Kim Sawatzke

Rolly was born November 9, 1923 to Clarence McClellan "Clell" and Clara Adelpha (Parsons) Burkett in Crofton, Nebraska. He moved with his parents to Hartington where he attended Hartington High School, where he was a standout football player. Rolly entered the US Navy in January, 1942 and served until 1948. On November 10, 1944 he married Frances Gilson in Crofton. They owned and operated the Cozy Nook Cafe with her parents, Charles and Ruth Gilson until 1957. Rolly was employed at the Crofton Co-op Creamery until 1962. He was tank wagon agent for Standard Oil and the Farmers Union co-op until his retirement in 1985. He also drove a school bus for many years. Rolly entered Majestic Bluffs in Yankton on July 2011. He moved to Norfolk Veterans Home in January 2014. The family would like to thank the staff of both facilities for the loving care of Rolly.

Rolly was a member of the Crofton United Church of Christ, lifetime member of the Crofton American Legion Post #128, Yankton VFW Post #791 and a charter member of the Crofton Lakeview Golf Course Association. Rolly was a proud member of the Crofton Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He loved to play golf, camp, hunt, fish, travel, watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers, be with his family and do woodworking. Many family and friends have something he has made.

He is survived by his daughters Carolyn (David) DeRoos and Deborah (Tom) Hillman all of Crofton; four grandchildren Michael (Angie) Dowden, Cheryl (Monte) Wieseler, Brian Wong and Nick (Erin) DeRoos, six step grandchildren Jeff (Nancy) DeRoos, Robert DeRoos , Tricia Walter, Angela Hillman, Leslie (Brian) Dollinger and Justin (Leslie) Hillman: 10 great-grandchildren; niece Sharlene Cordes and family, nephew Jim (Sheree) Wilson and family; sisters-in-law Mary Jane Buschelman of Yankton and Gloria Gilson of Springfield, SD; brother-in-law BH Davidson of Riverside, CA and numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Billie Sawatzke of Crofton.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Frances on Dec 23, 2001 at the age of 75, an infant granddaughter, Lisa DeRoos, his parents, brothers Harold and Russell Burkett, sister Beatrice (Punky) Wilson, a niece, Betty Jo (Wilson) Stanton; brothers-in-law Richard Gilson and Cletus Buschelman, nephew LeRoy Cordes, and special friend Shirley A. Sawatzke.

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Carolyn and Debbie:

So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember him well, always a mile on his face.

Linda (Rupiper) Coe

Our prayers and tho Rissler whn ughts are with the family and friends at this loss of such a fine gentleman. Rolly worked for Mom-Minnie and Dad-Chet when they firts started the sports stop bar back in the 50s. He was just a great all around person, always with a smile on his face and pleasant to be round. He will be missed by many,

marcia and bob rissler

I remember Rolly as I was growing up, such a wonderful, caring man. My sympathies to all his family.

Vicki Nelson Cromwell

Debbie and Carolyn,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I have such fond memories of him from my childhood and beyond. I hope you are finding comfort in the good memories that you shared. Thinking of you.

Cheryl Sawatzke Routh

We missed Rolly after he moved away and when we heard of his passing, we were missing Frances all over again. Rolly always had a smile and something witty to say and Frances was interested in what was going on in our lives. If we had a choice, we would have kept them forever as our neighbors down the street. Our deepest sympathy.

VerLynn Kneifl

My sympathy to the family...I remember him and Francis very well. We planned our wedding reception while sitting at the Cozy Nook Cafe.

Donna Doering Joslin

I love and miss you, Papa Rolly, but I am taking comfort knowing that you're with Grandma...and I'm sure the first question she asked was "did you unplug the toaster?" . Rest in peace, Grandpa. And thank you for the love that you and Grandma showed to all of us.

Love, Tess

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