Rollo J. Kreycik
Funeral services for Rollo J. Kreycik, age 74 of Niobrara, Nebraska, will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the Faith, Hope, and Love Fellowship Church in Creighton, Nebraska, with Pastor Casey Nelson officiating.
Graveside services will then be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Riverview Cemetery, west of Niobrara, with Military Honors conducted by VFW Post 4834 and American Legion Post 224, both of Niobrara.
Visitation will be Monday, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara.
Rollo died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.
Rollo Jack Kreycik , son of Frank W. and Vlasta (Viterna) Kreycik, was brought into this world on June 1, 1939, in Niobrara, Nebraska by Dr. Carl Green. Rollo was born into a good Czech family with the nurturing love of his parents. Seven years after his birth, Rollo was joined by a little brother, Kenard. Rollo spent his early years on the original Kreycik family farm in Western Township, Knox County; three miles straight south of Pischelville. For the past 115 years, this farm has been owned and operated by several members of the Kreycik family, most recently by Rollo's youngest daughter, Lorie, her husband Lance Knigge, and their two daughters. Rollo attended rural school south of the farm until the family moved to a farm five and a half miles northeast, then the Riverview Community, west of Niobrara, Nebraska. This place remained Rollo's home for the rest of his earthly life. After moving to Riverview, Rollo attended rural school District # 87 (Freddie May School), and then attended Niobrara High School, where he graduated with his life-long friends, the Class of 1957. Upon completing his high school education, and having excelled in football, Rollo attended Norfolk Business College on a scholarship to play football. While attending college, Rollo worked with a high school friend, Gary Tews, in the DeGroot Apple Orchards. He then returned to the family farm to pursue a career in agriculture; farming with his father and mother, Uncle Otto, and Kenard, his brother.
When Rollo's friends, Harry Stewart and Ron Branstiter went to the service, Rollo was drawn to also spread his wings, and joined the Selective Service (Army). He was inducted into the United States Army on February 20, 1963. Rollo went through basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, receiving weaponry training and specialized as a sharpshooter. He truly enjoyed military life and was also stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Then due to the need of help at home and the respect for family, Rollo was released from the service with an Honorable Discharge on July 3, 1963. Rollo then remained in the Army Reserve until another Honorable Discharge on February 19, 1969. Rollo was extremely proud of serving our country in the military.
In 1966, Rollo was introduced to Lois Juracek-Hagge. After their first date, he stated he knew she was the one, and on the second date asked her to marry him. They were married by Reverend Clarence Hanson on May 21, 1966, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, Nebraska. They then began their married life on the home place where Frank and Vlasta had lived. For the next 47 years they enjoyed living on the farm and raising their beloved daughters, Kelly and Lorie. Rollo was a loving, caring, and gentle husband and father. As a grandfather, he also enjoyed attending the activities and sports of his grandchildren, whom he was also so very proud. He would do anything for his family and friends, or a stranger needing a hand. Rollo was one to always watch over his machinery and vehicles---even loving his cars and making his pick-ups rumble. He had a deep love for the land and the creatures upon it; whether those animals be livestock, pets, or the animals in the wild. He felt great concern for his animals-caring for his pets, feeding the cattle, and riding his horses out to check the cattle in the pasture. He would never eat a meal until all the animals were cared for and the horses fed. Even as he neared his last few days here on earth, his thoughts were of his horse when he said, "Tie up Jeb". Life on the farm also included working with his brother, Kenard, and then his nephew, Steven; and plus the different individuals that also came about as hired help only added more spice of life and times of laughter to the hard work. He also enjoyed having coffee at Blue Moon's or in Niobrara, visiting with friends and neighbors. Rollo loved to tell stories of his younger years, as well as keep up with what was going on in the world around him----and sometimes the stories were even better the second time around! This was a gentle, kind, and humble man, who enjoyed the simple things in life: sitting by the wood stove, watching the televised news, and the company of family and friends.
When health issues began to arise, Rollo did not enjoy needing to reduce his work on the farm he loved so dearly. The hard work and good work ethics had always been a major part of his life. Initially it began with heart surgery in 2002, and then cancer treatments in 2003; he overcame the cancer. Issues with blood clots and then a stroke followed in February 2012. He was blessed with specialists that were restoring his vision, but Rollo's heart had worked so hard, and was growing very tired. He was a man with a big heart in many ways. Through it all, Rollo asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior and was baptized; he learned to trust in Jesus and fought the good fight; the battle is won. Rollo entered into Heaven on December 11, 2013 with his wife and daughters present.
We were strengthened by the love, support, and prayers of Pastor Casey and Jan Nelson, and our Faith, Hope, and Love family.
Rollo's life, legacy, and love, are forever held dear by his beloved wife of over 47 years, Lois Kreycik of Niobrara, Nebraska; daughter, Kelly Kreycik Naber and her sons, Aaron Best and Auston Naber, all of Yankton, South Dakota; daughter, Lorie (husband Lance) Knigge of Verdigre, Nebraska, and their daughters, Kelsey Knigge and Kylie Knigge, at home; sister-in-law, Chris (Mrs. Kenard) Kreycik of Niobrara; Lois' siblings and their spouses: Donna Eckmann of Bloomfield, Nebraska, Joan (husband Don) Wilken of Sebring, Florida, Patsy Kuhl of Bloomfield, Gary (wife Barb) Juracek of Genoa, Nebraska, Lyle (wife Jeannie) Juracek of Neligh, Nebraska, and Roger (wife Cindy) Juracek of Atlanta, Illinois; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.
Rollo was reunited in Heaven with his parents, Frank and Vlasta (Viterna) Kreycik; brother, Kenard Kreycik; mother-in-law, Florence (Van Houten Juracek) Carlow; fatherin-law, the late Frank Juracek, Jr.; step-father-in-law, Lawrence Carlow; brother-in-law, Ronald Kuhl; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Eckmann.