Rolland M. Zulkoski, 98, of Elyria passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Valley County Health System Hospital in Ord.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Father John Kakkuzhiyil. Burial will be in the Ord Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Ord VFW Post #7029 and American Legion Post #38 .Visitationwill be on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, St. Mary’s School, Ord VFW or Ord Volunteer Fire Department. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Rolland Martin was born January 31, 1918, on the family farm north of Elyria,Nebraska to John and Verna (Kusek) Zulkoski. He was raised on the farm and received his education at District #32 country school.
He helped with the farm work until April of 1937, when he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was in Nebraska for a year then transferred to Priest Lake, Idaho to fight forest fires and later to Oregon to construct irrigation ditches. Rolland returned to the farm until November of 1941, when he was entered the United States Army. While in the Army he was stationed in the US then sent to England to prepare for the Normandy Invasion. He was an ambulance driver and was captured in a trap on January of 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge. After his release the troop went on to Berlin.
Following his discharge from the Army in October of 1945, he returned home and purchased the family farmstead north of Elyria which he farmed until his retirement in 1983.
On February 26, 1952, he was united in marriage to Dorothy (Jorgensen) Nevrkla at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, Nebraska. The couple made their home on the farm. Dorothy passed away on March 4, 2015.
He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church; a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus, lifetime member of the VFW, and a member of the American Legion, and Elyria Lions Club. Rolland served on the Elyria School Board, and Elyria Township Association. He enjoyed music, square dancing, playing cards and spending time with his family.
Survivors include one son, Paul of Elyria; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Casey Doggett of Berwyn, and Joan and Chris Muffly of Niwot, Colorado; a daughter-in-law, Diane (Mrs. Donnie) Nevrkla of Ord; one brother, Edmund Zulkoski of Ord; one sister, Larraine Pfeifer of Omaha; one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Ina Fae and Eugene Novak and Gene Novotny all of Ord; 9 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; a step-son, Donnie Nevrkla; three sisters, Pat Konkoleski, Marie Novotny and Bernice Berthoff; and three brothers, Raymond, Enus and Bennie