Rolland Eugene Elkins, age 83, of Stromsburg, Nebraska, passed away April 21, 2022 at the Hearthstone in York, Nebraska.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Stromsburg with Pastor Brenda Pfeifly officiating. Organist will be Sue Lehn. Musical selections will be “In The Garden”, “Wild Blue Yonder” and Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood.” Military Rites by the Stromsburg Legion Post #132. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later.
Rolland was born August 14, 1938 to Clyde Ralph and Corinne Beverly (Wilcox) Elkins in O’Neill, Nebraska. He attended school in O’Neill, Oakland and graduated from Wisner High School in 1956.
Following high school Rolland entered the United States Air Force on July 3, 1956 and served as an air traffic controller. While serving in the Air Force Rolland was stationed in many locations including France, Salina, KS, Panama, New Mexico, Vietnam, and Denver. He retired from the service on July 31, 1976.
On January 5, 1957 he was united in marriage to Bonnie Lou Kassebaum in West Point. They recently celebrated 65 years together. To this union four children were born.
After a 20 year career Rolland retired from the Air Force in 1976. The family moved to Aurora where he managed the airport and taught flight school. He then became a corporate pilot working for Kroy Industries in York, Seward Motor Freight and Chief Industries in Grand Island for 27 years. They lived in York, before moving to Westcliffe, Colorado in 2002 where they lived until 2018. They then moved to Stromsburg.
Rolland was a member of the Air Force Aero Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, horses, 4-wheeling and flying.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie of Stromsburg; son Steven (Omeria) Elkins of Colorado Springs CO; daughters Sherry Oberg (Jay Mentink) of Stromsburg, Shelly (Jim) Spickelmier of Lincoln and Stacey (Allen) Troester of Lincoln; twenty grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Tyler Anderson and son-in-law Loren Oberg.
Dubas Funeral Home of Stromsburg and Osceola has been entrusted with arrangements.