Burson Wheelock Rolfe -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Burson Wheelock Rolfe will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crane Community Chapel in Austin, with the Rev. Randy Petersen officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 91.

Mr. Rolfe, 92, formerly of Austin, a retired Hayfield-Sargeant area farmer, died Saturday morning (Sept. 25, 2004) at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield, where he had lived since June 2003.

Born April 30, 1912, in Lehigh, Iowa, he attended Burnside, Iowa, schools and the National School of Electronics in Minneapolis. From October 1942 to November 1945, he was in the Army Air Forces. He served as an aerial engineer with the 314th Transport Squadron Corps in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe and achieved the rank of sergeant. After his discharge, he returned to Minnesota and farmed in the Hayfield-Sargeant area until moving to Austin in 1975. In March 1967 he married Olive Sargeant Jones in Rochester, and she died in October 1969. He married Vivian Meyers Sprung on Sept. 2, 1972, in Faribault. She died Feb. 9, 2002. He was a member of Crane Community Chapel.

Survivors include nine stepchildren, William (Judy) Jones of Grand Meadow, Melvin (Irene) Jones of Cohasset, Minn., James (Ivadene) Jones of Loveland, Colo., Betty (Orville) Jensen of Preston, Mary (Roy) Schmidt of Grand Rapids, Minn., Carol Olson of Rochester, Erna (Ernest) Boyer of Elkhart, Ind., Edsel (Beryl) Sprung of Brownsdale and Allan Sprung of Rochester; 48 stepgrandchildren; 53 stepgreat-grandchildren; and a brother, Vernon (Lucille) of Rochester. Two sisters preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and for an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.


Memorials are suggested to Crane Community Chapel or for Alzheimer's research.

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