Rollie H. Brown, 96, of Gothenburg died Aug. 3, 2020, in North Platte. He was born Dec. 10, 1923, in Randolph County, Missouri, son of Onie and Parlee Mae (Harvey) Brown.
Rollie spent his early years in Missouri. He grew up mostly in Nebraska, worked for a while in California and returned to Nebraska when he thought he would be drafted and worked for Cozad area farmers. On June 10, 1944, he married Dorothy Dyer at Phillipsburg, Kansas. The couple had four children: Leslie, Daniel, Louise, and Bonnie.
He had a deep love for farming and the farming way of life. He enjoyed demonstrating hand corn picking to school children. In his later years, he enjoyed restoring antique John Deere tractors. He was a member of the National Antique Tractor Pullers, and was awarded Puller of the Year in 1999. Rollie was always up for adventure and when he was 92 he participated in the Sandhills Open Road Challenge in Arnold.
Survivors include two daughters, Louise Diehl of Huron, South Dakota, and Bonnie (John) McCarthy of Denton, Texas; two sons, Leslie (Diane) Brown of Gothenburg and Dan Brown of Lincoln; 12 grandchildren: Todd, Mary, Lisa, Scott, Jason, Lloyd, Larry, Lynette, Leon, Craig, Crystal, and Curtis; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles (June), John (Elaine) and Harold (Susie), along with many extended family and many friends.
Rollie was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy E. Brown in 2014; his parents; sisters Violet, Viola, Josie, Alberta, and Nettie; his son-in-law, David Diehl; and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Brown.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Friday, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with the family present from 10 a.m. to noon. Masks are recommended.
Graveside funeral services will be held at Gothenburg Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 7 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Larry Viter officiating. Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Senior Center 410 20th Street Gothenburg, NE 69138, Alzheimer’s Association 1500 S 70th Street, Suite 201 Lincoln, NE 68506, Meals on Wheels or the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.