Joseph R. Rohr, 90

APRIL 30, 1923-JULY 12, 2013

July 12, 2013
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Joseph "Joe" Robert Rohr, 90, of Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life on Friday, July 12, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md.

Born April 30, 1923, in Boonsboro, he was the son of the late Charles Gary and Viola Belle (McFarland) Rohr.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Grace (Bowers) Rohr, whom he married on Jan. 1, 1948.

Joe graduated from Williamsport High School in 1942.

He was a sergeant during World War II, serving in the U.S. Army with the 189th Labor Supervision Center in the European Theater of Operations. He participated in aviation cadet training school in Colorado and California, and was discharged in 1946 after just over three years of service.

Joe retired from Mack Trucks after 22 years, and had owned several independent businesses, both before and after his employment with Mack, one of which was the Village Bronze Shop.

He was a member of Brownsville Church of the Brethren in Brownsville, Md., where he was a former board member and chairman of the building committee. He was also a member of Clopper-Michael American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro and United Auto Workers 171 in Hagerstown.

Joe particularly enjoyed his times at lunch with the "kids" from his high school class.

He is survived by his three children, Tim Rohr and wife, Jean, of Sharpsburg, Md., Donna S. Utterback and husband, Chris, of Hagerstown, and Sheila K. Slifer and husband, Dave, of Boonsboro. He is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Chester, Orville W. and Earl Mason Rohr.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013, at Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Brownsville. The Revs. Alan M. Smith and R. Thomas Fralin Jr. will officiate. Final resting place ceremonies will follow at Brownsville Heights Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, as well as one hour prior to the service at the church Monday.

Memorial donations may be made to Brownsville Church of the Brethren, 1911 Rohrersville Road, Knoxville, MD 21758.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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