In Memory Duane Rohe

Visitation Reichmuth Funeral Home Omaha/Elk Horn Monday, June 24, 2019 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Omaha, Nebraska
Graveside Funeral Service with Military Honors
Sacred Heart Cemetery Tuesday, June 25, 2019 11:00 AM Manning, Iowa

Duane W. Rohe, age 73 of Omaha, died at his home with his family at his side on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. If Duane were asked to describe himself and his life, there is no doubt he would be able to do it in a space much shorter than this sentence you are reading right now. He was a man of few words. While there are not enough words available to adequately describe the depth of his strength, selflessness, and humility, here is his family's futile attempt to do just that.

Duane was born on January 12, 1946, to Martha (Halbur) and Vernon Rohe in Carroll, Iowa. Immediately, he was thrust on the path to value hard work and possess integrity as the first of eight children born to farmers. Tirelessly and certainly without complaint, Duane did his chores and provided an example for his siblings Larry, JoAnn, Allen, Linda, MaryJane, Daryl, and Janet of what it is to work hard. He graduated in 1964 from Manning High School in Manning, Iowa, and later attended Commercial Extension and Electronic Computer Programming Institute both in Omaha.

At the age of 20, Duane was drafted in the Army in 1966, and served his country faithfully until his honorable discharge on August 1, 1968. With the drive of a locomotive, Duane went from farm to military to employment at Union Pacific. Shortly, after the start of his career with Union Pacific, Duane met the love of his life: his hard-bodied, 1970 Dodge Coronet.

Shortly after buying the Dodge Coronet, Duane met the true love of his life, Edna "Eddy," and they married April 30, 1971. Their 48-year marriage was filled with celebrations, adventures and challenges by the names of Jason, Darron, and Brandon…Three boys. Poor Eddy, right? Once again, Duane tirelessly and certainly without complaint provided an example of what it is to be a good person for his three boys and subsequent five grandchildren: Mackenzie, Alex, Riley, Malorie, and Antigone. He volunteered working nearly every election, donated blood, helped neighbors with anything they needed, and chauffeured the family on countless trips back to the farm; back to his roots.

Duane was a consummate teacher. He taught in such a way the student didn't even realize he or she was learning. His honesty, fairness, integrity shone so bright, there was not an option but to be influenced to be a better, stronger person.

After 33 years of faithfully serving Union Pacific until his retirement in 2001, Duane diverted his energy back to the land and suburban farming, otherwise known as mowing neighborhood lawns. He undoubtedly provided exemplary service for his neighbors.

Duane's strength and grace were no better on display than when he battled cancer a total of 3 times. The final time Duane was diagnosed with cancer, doctors gave him an initial prognosis of less than 1 year. He survived nearly 2 years.

Duane was a man of few words. But his words echo and reverberate in all of those he touched. Any time he and a family member would part ways, he would have three phrases that he surely would like to pass on to you now, "Be careful." "Have fun." "Do good." And know that with each phrase, he is saying, "I love you."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Martha Rohe, and a brother, Allen Rohe.

Duane is survived by his wife, Edna "Eddy" Rohe of Omaha; sons, Jason (Laura) Rohe, Darron (Tina) Rohe and Brandon (Mura) Rohe all of Omaha; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Alex, Riley, Malorie and Antigone Rohe all of Omaha; brothers, Larry Rohe of Missouri Valley, Iowa, and Daryl Rohe of Manning, Iowa; sisters, JoAnn Rowedder and Janet Goecke of Omaha, Linda Sporrer of Dedham, Iowa, and MaryJane Stribe of Carroll, Iowa.

Memorials in his name can be made to the Cancer Research Institute and left or mailed to the Reichmuth Funeral Home at P.O. Box 67 - Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022


February 1956 Ewoldt No. 2
Back: Sheryl Hill, Joy Hansen, Linda Handlos, Betsy Musfeldt, Irma Bromert (teacher), Roger Hansen, Jimmy Hansen, Russell Stribe, Charles Nepple
Middle: Philip Musfeldt, Susan Muhlbauer, Lloyd Nepple, Duane Rohe, Kenneth Spies, Marvin Nepple, Rose Marie Nepple, Gay Singsank
Front: Ruthann Nepple, Dawn Singsank, Patricia Muhlbauer, Richard Stribe, Larry Rohe


Page 13 of the Manning Schools history book

Freshman Homeroom B

Third: Bob Venteicher, Lannie Monson, Linda Mundt, Steve Schrum, Betty Thompson, Ronnie Nissen
Second: Donnie Wagner, Karla Kusel, Paul Vogl, Beverly Talbott, Patsy Popp, Russell Stribe, Rita Vehrs, Mr. Kenneth Laverty
Front: Dianna Volquartsen, Calvin Stammer, Janice Ress, Dian Tank, Duane Rohe, Mary Musfeldt, Kent Weible
Freshmen & Sophomore 1961 FFA
Third: Lyle Zinke, Jim Hansen, LeRoy Joens, Pat Knueven, Fred Gruhn, Mr. Luther Thompson, Sponsor
Second: Jerry Hockett, Duane Karsten, Raymond Hagedorn, Kenny Zubrod, Roger Schroeder, Ron Nissen
Front: Kenneth Spies, Russell Stribe, Paul Vogl, Calvin Stammer, Don Mathisen, Merlin Frahm, Duane Rohe

1964 MHS graduates: Colene Kay Anthony (salutatorian), Eugene C. Beckman, Karen Rae Brady, Thomas W. Bromert, Daryl W. Dammann, Ruby Mae Dammann, William Ross Graner, Joan Francis Graves, Raymond F. Hagedorn, Marian Margaret Handlos, Robert Bernard Heithoff, Sheryl Ann Hill, Jerry S. Hockett, LeRoy Ronald Jones, Joleen Joyce Justice, Barry Ray Kusel, Karla Ruth Kusel, Johan R. Lillehaug, Ronald L. McConnell, Gloria Jean Mohr, Lance D. Monson, Linda Lea Mundt, Mary Ellen Musfeldt, Ronald Briggs Nissen, Janice Lucille Ress, Duane W. Rohe, Stephen M. Schrum, Calvin F. Stammer, Russell Earl Stribe, Beverly Jean Talbott, Dian K. Tank, Betty Ann Thompson, Robert F. Venteicher, Paul A. Vogl, Dianna Jane Volquartsen, Donald Joseph Wagner, Kent John Weible (valedictorian)

1964 former students: David Anderson, Genevieve Asmus, Gary Beck, Kathleen Betts, Allen Dent, LaJune Dethlefsen, Donna Drees, Janet Emert, Judith Farrell, Elaine Ford, Barbara Garten, Kay Hass, Donavan Hilsabeck, Therese Hummer, Patricia Knueven, John Lippincott, Bill McCandless, Gary Petersen, Patsy Popp, Lana Ralph, Georgia Schroeder, Mary Jane Seals, Marie Signall, David Steckelberg, John Swander, Rita Vehrs, Wendall Weifenbach, Gary Wiese, Mary Zerwas


Larry Rohe - MHS 1965


JoAnn Rohe - MHS 1969


Allen Rohe - MHS 1971
January 8, 1953 - November 15, 1972


Linda Rohe - MHS 1972


MaryJane Rohe - MHS 1974


Robbie, Daryl, Ross, Rusty, Lisa (Phillips), Ryan
Daryl - MHS 1976


Janet Rohe - MHS 1979


Back: Duane, Martha (Halbur), JoAnn, Vernon, Larry
Front: Linda, Daryl, Janet, MaryJane, Allen

Scanned from the Harlan, Iowa, Logeland Studio (Manning negatives/prints) pictures I purchased in 2012.
I'm offering the original prints/negatives for a number of weddings for a donation to the Veterans' project.
Scroll way down to the bottom of this side frame to find the link and help raise money to publish the Manning Veterans' book.

From the 2006 Manning Quasqui history book
Vernon, son of Walter and Elizabeth (Sibbel) Rohe, was born November 26, 1920 on the family farm near Templeton. His brothers are Norbert, Glen, Gene and Wayne. On February 8, 1944, he married Martha Halbur, daughter of Ben and Margaret (Steffes) Halbur. Her siblings are Helen, Edwin, Agnes, Leander, Louis and Rita. The couple farmed northeast of Manning. They raised a family of eight children: Duane, born January 12, 1946; Larry, born August 25, 1947; JoAnn, born September 24, 1951; Allen, born January 8, 1953, and died November 15, 1972; Linda, born October 2, 1954; Mary Jane, born May 6, 1956; Daryl, born May 6, 1958; Janet, born September 1, 1961. Martha passed away on September 12, 1981.
Vernon married Viola (Stephenson) Sheeder daughter of Emmett and Helen (Greif) Stephensen on February 18, 1984. She was born on July 9, 1929 at home near Beaver, Iowa. Her siblings are Lorene, Jean, Ruth and Marvin. Viola had been previously been married to Gay Sheeder. Gay passed away on April 27, 1979. Their children are Randy, Rick and Terri. Vi has seven grandchildren: Kimberly, Kristina, Jodi, Sarah, David, Jeremy and Jennifer and eleven great-grandchildren.
Vernon's grandchildren are Jason, Darron and Brandon (Duane); Jeff, Linsey and Katlin (Larry); Brandon and Jennifer Gilmore (JoAnn); Kyle, Jackie and Melissa Sporrer (Linda); Nolan, Sara and Landon Stribe (Mary Jane); Ryan, Rusty, Robbie and Ross (Daryl) and Jacob and Matthew Goecke (Janet). There are four great-grandchildren.
Vernon and Vi now reside in Manning where they keep active dancing, hunting, fishing, sewing and painting. The couple's greatest joy is being with their families.
Vernon and Vi celebrated their 20th Anniversary, February 18, 2004.

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