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Rolland Anson Closson


February 24, 2021

Rolland Anson Closson, 84, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died February 16, 2021 at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

Rolland Anson (Herk) Closson was born February 19, 1936 to Anson & Gladys (True) Closson at Ewing, NE.

Rolland was involved in Golden Gloves and the rodeo. He enlisted in the Army on his 18th birthday and served from 1954-1956. He was stationed in Korea & Japan.

Closson had a 12-year career in the rodeo, riding bareback, bulls and saddle broncs.

Herk attended Elkins Institute of Technology in Dallas, TX. He also held a first-class FCC license and had a career as an engineer for radio and television stations.

Rolland married Helen Marie McCuiston on September 16, 1967 in North Platte, NE. They raised three children: Rodney, Michael & Tammy and Helen’s brother Marion.

Rolland is survived by his Children: Rodney (Jolene) Closson, of Newman Grove, and Mike (Lisa) Closson, of Norfolk; one daughter, Tammy (Randy) Sabin, of Gothenburg; two brother-in-laws, Marion McCuiston, who lived with the family and was considered a son, of Newman Grove, and Richie McCuiston, of North Platte; four sister in laws: Mary Jo (Russell) Closson of O’Neill, Terri (Michael) Duca, of North Platte, Jennifer McCuiston and Sandi Luckett, both of Huron, S.D.and 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many extended family members and friends.

Preceding Rolland in death were his wife, Helen Closson, his parents,  brother Russell Closson; and sister Viola Byers.

Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Thursday, February 25, 2021, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Services will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm.

Interment will take place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Rodeo Grounds.

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