Royce Eugene Dilsaver, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Royce was born Jan. 11, 1933 in Taylor, raised on the family ranch in Rose Nebraska and completed his high school education at Rock County High School in Bassett. From 1953–1954 he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War while stationed in Germany.
Returning from the Armed Services he attended Kearney State College earning his bachelor’s degree in business. While attending college he met his future wife Betty.
Royce and Betty were married on May 31, 1958 at St Ann’s Catholic Church in Lexington. Mike and Diann were both born in Lexington. The family moved to North Platte in 1960 where Steve and John were born.
Royce enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing and camping. Royce and Betty encouraged all the children to fully participate in Church and athletic programs growing up. He worked for the State of Nebraska as an unemployment tax auditor, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1211 and supported Boy Scout Troup 292 with countless hours of service.
After retirement Royce and Betty moved to Lake Maloney allowing them to enjoy numerous visits from family and friends. Royce took great pride in showing all the grandchildren the fine points of fishing and golfing. In retirement the couple made many trips visiting family and exploring antique shops for a bargain.
Royce and Betty moved to Cheyenne to be closer to family in his later years and Royce recently moved to Julesburg for the same reason. North Platte has always been home to the family.
Survived by his children, Mike (Brenda) of Julesburg, Diann (Alan) Rochlitz of Cheyenne, Steve (Linda) of Cheyenne, and John (Lezlie) of Omaha; nine grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brother, Don (Bev) of Lincoln; and sister, Donnita Henderson of Auburn.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Jean (Schinzel); parents, Chester “Chet” and Doris (Stone); and brother, Keith.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rev. Josh Brown officiating. Internment with military honors will immediately follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Monday, Nov. 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Christian wake services to follow at Adams & Swanson Funeral home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to North Platte Catholic School Endowment Fund. Online condolences can be made at adamsswanson.com.