Billie J. Sawatzke, age 90 of Crofton, Nebraska, died on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:30 am at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with Rev Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton with military honors provided by the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.
Honorary Pallbearers will be April Knapp, Isabel Knapp, Rylen Sawatzke, Baileigh Sailer, Rex Sailer, Ryan Friend and Meagan Sailer.
Active Pallbearers will be Aaron Knapp, Adam Sailer, Ben Sawatzke, Dean Gobel, Kody Schmidt and Kamden Cihlar.
Billie was born on July 25, 1925 in Crofton to William and Elizabeth (Eggers) Sawatzke. He graduated from Crofton High School in 1943 and then served in the U. S. Army in WWII and the Korean War. He married Linda Seipelt on August 6, 1946 in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife owned and operated the Peoples Grocery and Department Store in Crofton until 1988. Billie also worked as a rural mail carrier and tax preparer for many years.
Billie liked to golf and was a charter member of the Crofton Lakeview Golf Course. He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and the Rural Letter Carriers Association. He was very active with the Crofton Appreciation BBQ. He loved to spoil his great grandchildren with candy and balloons. He enjoyed reading, golfing, playing cribbage, camping and visiting with his friends at Wiebelhaus Recreation.
Billie is survived by a son, Kim and his wife Mary of Crofton; 4 grandchildren, Ben Sawatzke and his daughter, Rylen of San Antonio, TX; April and Aaron Knapp and their children, Kody, Kamden and Isabel of Crofton; Ryan Friend of Germany; Meagan and Adam Sailer and their children, Baileigh and Rex of Crofton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Linda on Oct 31, 2013 at the age of 88, a daughter-in-law, Mary K. Sawatzke, 3 sisters, Marcella Bogner, Evelyn Eaton and Loretta Engstedt.
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So sorry to hear of your father's passing. God bless and keep you and your family.
I will miss seeing Billie, we were both veterans in different wars and had wonderfull conversations about everything. He was a good man.
Craig Tucker, Respiratory Therapy
So sorry to hear of Billie's passing. He was truly one of a kind. I enjoyed having him as a patient. We spent many evenings hanging out in the family room visiting and having coffee. Prayers to your family during this time.
Abbey Salmon, PCT on Medical Floor Avera Sacred Heart
Kim and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Billie was a special guy and a special part of the Sawatzke family. I always enjoyed sharing time with him over the years. He will be missed. Sending you hugs!
Cheryl Sawatzke Routh
Kim and Mary, our deepest sympathy to you both. I was just enjoying the facebook pictures of your trip with Billie. You will both be in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris and Frank Tudor
Kim and Mary, I'm so sorry to hear of Billie's passing. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to have met him at the reunion this summer. I adored him from the moment I met him. What a sweet and funny man! My prayers are with you and your family.
Kristin Stevens, Hastings MN
So sorry about your Dad's passing. So glad we got to spend some time with him when we were just back in Crofton. A nice man....will miss him when we go to Walt's and Crofton.
Hank and Alyce(Buschelman) Van Kirk
OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHT ARE WITH YOU DURING THE LOSS OF BILLIE.
HE WAS AN AMAZING GUY. ALWAYS ENJOYED VISITING WITH HIM AND LIKED WORKING FOR HIM WHEN HE HAD THE PEOPLES GROCERY.
MARCIA & BOB RISSLER
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and this difficult time. Billie was an amazing and funny man. We've enjoyed many mornings at the hospital having our 5:30am date of coffee and caseys donuts. He truely is an angel in heaven!!!!!
Sonya Fisher LPN ASHH
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