Roland “Pat” Drinkwalter – UPDATED

Graveside services for 94-year old Roland “Pat” Drinkwalter of Crawford, NE, are Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Crawford City Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for the Crawford United Methodist Church or Ponderosa Villa in Crawford. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

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Roland “Pat” Drinkwalter was born January 4,1927 at Ainsworth, Brown County, NE to Ross and Mary (Harrison) Drinkwalter. He passed away on April 26, 2021 at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford.

His grand-father Harrison gave Roland the nickname Pat. His early years were spent on a farm six miles northwest of Ainsworth before the family moved to Dawes County in September 1937.

His elementary school years were in the rural districts, then he attended Crawford High School, graduating in 1944. He was co-captain of the football team in his senior year.

Roland served in the U.S. Army during the last year of World War II. After being inducted at Fort Logan, C0, he was stationed at Camp Wolters, TX.

When Camp Wolters closed, he was assigned to Company “A” Tank Battalion, Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA. His Company was ready to ship overseas when the war ended.

Roland and Marjorie Raymond were married on January 2, 1951 in Las Vegas, NM. The majority of their years were spent living on a farm and ranch. Roland worked on several oil rigs and was employed at Crawford Livestock Market for many years.

He was a proud supporter of the Crawford Fourth of July Rodeo and a member of the Crawford Old West Trail Rodeo Board, serving as president for several years.

Roland was also a member of the American Legion, PRCA, and Crawford First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by Linda Lea (Bill) Oldaker, Kenneth Casey (Shelly), Roy Jay (Judy) and Cindy Ann. Also surviving are grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, sister-in-law Donna and sister Jean.

He was predeceased by his parents, wife, and four brothers (Robert, Ray, Jesse, and Willard).

Chamberlain Chapel of Crawford, NE, is in charge of arrangements for Pat Drinkwalter.