The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 17, 2013

Robert J. Rohde

HOLLSOPPLE — RHODE – Robert J. “Bob,” 83, Hollsopple, went to his final resting place with his Lord and Savior Nov. 16, 2013, after his earthly struggles with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Bob was born Sept. 1, 1930, to Carl and Clara (Geisel) Rohde. Welcoming him into eternal life were his parents; brother. William, and wife, Ann; sister, Mary Jane (Sis) Elliot; mother and father-in law, Lewis and Emma Miller; brother-in-law, Lewis Jr., and wife, Mary; sister-in-law, Dorothy Miller; and brother in-law, Edgar. His death ends a marriage of 64 years to the love of his life and constant companion and caregiver, Evelyn “Jean” (Miller). Bob’s faithful service to the Lord was a lifelong example and inspiration to his loving children, affectionately referred to as “three hits and a miss,” Stephen and Jennifer, North Carolina, and family; Kirk and Lisa, Michael, all of Hollsopple; Robert III and Lori Haberkamp (Kate and Robert IV), Texas; Richard and Darlene, Hollsopple, and family; Tim and Ellen Doyle (Kylee and Brady), Jerome; Chad and Kellie Doyle (Cooper and Corbin), North Carolina; Brandy and Robert Berkebile (Alayna and Aleah), Pottstown; George and Lynn, and family, Andrew and Aaron, all of Arizona; and Saundra, Johnstown. Bob also is survived by daughter-in-law, Phyllis Rohde, as well as many nieces and nephews, church family and work buddies. Whether watching his children and grandchildren play sports or going to a musical performance, his family was a source of pride for Bob. Bob was known for taking “shortcuts” that often turned into an extra hour long trip. That, however, would give him the opportunity to point out many of the places “that grandpa built” along the way. Bob enjoyed being with his buddies from Plumber and Pipefitters Local 354 and spent Thursday mornings at breakfast with them while reminiscing their working days. Golfing was a passion of Bob’s for many years and most recently at Oakbrook Golf Club Tuesday Golf League. Two months before every Christmas, Bob could be found in his workshop making “Christmas trees” out of baby food jars that would be given to newborns and shut-ins who Bob knew. Bob was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins and rarely missed watching or listening to a game. Most of all, Bob loved the Lord, serving Him on the board of trustees and evangelizing team at Bethel United Methodist Church as lay leader, choir member and Sunday school teacher. He also was a member of the United Methodist Men and enjoyed helping others by utilizing his plumbing/pipefitting and welding talents working with Habitat for Humanity. Along with his wife, Jean, Bob went on several mission trips after his retirement in 1992, including, Haiti, Grenada, Redbird, Ky., and south Florida after hurricane Andrew. We are left with the comfort of knowing that Bob is once again of strong mind and body and that we will be reunited in God’s eternal kingdom. A special thanks to caregivers from Community Nursing Hospice Care. Donations can be given to Bethel United Methodist Church or HOLD the children orphanage in Haiti, 1509 Hunt Club Blvd., Gallatin, Tenn. 37066. Family receiving friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at George E. Mason Funeral Home Inc., Davidsville, and from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel Untied Methodist Church, Hollsopple, Pastor Edward C. Patterson, officiating.  Interment, Richland Mausoleum.  To leave condolences for the family please visit


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