Monday, November 7, 2011

Dean Clifford Rohrer (November 5, 2011)

Dean Clifford Rohrer was born on September 18, 1925 in Jefferson, North Carolina to Ferdie and Pearl (Neal) Rohrer. He married Mary Kay Diehl on July 20, 1947. Dean went home to be with Jesus on November 5, 2011 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville Ohio.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ferdie and Pearl Rohrer, wife, Mary Kay Rohrer, brother, Glenn Rohrer and granddaughter, Cassandra Rohrer.

He is survived by three sisters, Janette and Bob Gary of Maitland, Florida, Eula Brumbaugh of Elgin Illinois, and Clyda Patton of Winter Park Florida; four sons, Doug and Karen Rohrer of Bowling Green Kentucky, Steve and Sue Rohrer of Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia, Tim and Kathy Rohrer of West Plains, Missouri, and Phil and Jeanie Rohrer of Mountain View, Missouri; seven grandchildren and one foster grandchild; and three great grandchildren.

Dean enjoyed serving the Lord in various ways throughout his life. He was a participant in the Seagoing Cowboys and went to Greece in 1945 and Poland in 1946. Immediately after his marriage to Mary Kay, they served two years in Brethren Volunteer Service in Puerto Rico. He also participated in four mission trips to the Dominican Republic and one trip to Mexico.

Dean graduated from Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana and obtained a Master’s of Divinity from Bethany Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Dean pastored seven Church of the Brethren churches located in; Shepherd, Michigan, Columbiana, Ohio, Springfield, Ohio, New Paris, Indiana, Peace Valley, Missouri, Clay County Church of the Brethren, Florida, and Union Grove in Muncie, Indiana. He retired from the pastorate in 1992. Dean and Mary Kay retired to Chestnut Village at the Brethren Retirement Community in 1998 where Dean lived with Mary until her death in 2007. Dean continued to live in the cottage until the spring of 2011 when he moved to the Brethren Retirement Home, fourth floor, due to health concerns with ALS.

His family cherishes the memories of his constant love for them, which was rooted in his faithful love for Jesus.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 8, at the Greenville Church of the Brethren with Pastor Ron Sherck officiating. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Bear Creek Cemetery near Trotwood, OH.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral home in Greenville, Monday from 6:30 p.m. till 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wednesday Night Ministry which is mission work among local community children and youth at the Greenville Church of the Brethren. Please send donations to the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, OH 45331.

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