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Former Clay Center resident Roland Knox, 94, died April 28, 2015, at Ridgewood Care Center in Seward, NE. Roland was born March 25, 1921, to John and Flossie (Kirst) Knox ,near Clay Center, NE. He was united in marriage to Lorna D. Knox on August 25, 1946, in Fairfield, NE. They lived on their family farm southwest of Clay Center, NE, until 2008, when they moved to Seward, NE. Roland is survived by his children, Connie (Aubrey) Fitzke of Omaha, NE; Steve (Barbara) Knox of Seward, NE; one grandson, Jeff (Jennifer) Fitzke of Omaha, NE; four granddaughters, Alicia Knox of Denver, CO; Megan (Scott) Wilson of Omaha, NE; Lindsay Knox of Ridgway, CO; Lauren Knox of Lancaster, PA; and three great-grandsons, Jayden and Justin Fitzke, Samuel Wilson, all of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lorna. Roland was a Master Mason of the Mid-West Lodge No. 317, member of The Scottish Rite, and a Shriner for over 50 years. He was active in the Nebraska Feeders Association and Clay County 4-H. He enjoyed working at the State Fair in the Nebraska Feeders Barbeque Pit for many years. He loved UNL Husker Football and was a ticket holder since the 1950s. His greatest love was farming, to which he devoted his life. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the United Church of Christ in Harvard, NE, with Pastor Dave Johnson officiating. Interment followed at the Clay Center Cemetery in Clay Center, NE. Visitation was Friday, from 4-8 p.m., with the family present from 4-6 p.m., at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel in Clay Center, NE. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be left at

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