- Published: 17 April 2014
Henry Lee Rohrs, one of three sons of Rudolph and Irene Lucille (Behrends) Rohrs, was born April 14, 1928, west of Rohrs Station. Henry was baptized April 23, 1928 by Pastor Harder at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Johnson and was confirmed April 18, 1943 by Rev Henkel at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, where he was a member the rest of his life. He attended country school and graduated from Auburn High School in 1947. After graduation, Henry carried mail several years for the Auburn Post Office. On November 30, 1950, Henry enlisted in the United States Army. Henry served in Korea, before being honorably discharged on August 24, 1952. Henry was united in marriage to Darlene Johnson on March 27, 1951. To this union, two sons were born: Randall and David. Henry and Darlene made their home in Auburn. Henry worked for Nelson Quarries and then Hopper Brothers Quarries for over 30 years. Henry also partnered with Harold Parker and together they ran Rohrs and Parker Trucking, which would later become Rohrs Trucking. Henry then went to work for the Nebraska Department of Roads, where he would work until his retirement on May 2, 1997. Henry was a 51 year member of the American Legion Post #23, was a charter member of Eagles Aerie #3767 in Auburn and VFW Post #2635. He served on the church council at St. Paul, and was also a member of the Elks Club in Nebraska City. Throughout Henry’s life, he was always ready to help family and friends in times of need. Henry did whatever he could to help others, even hitchhikers and stranded motorists who stopped at the farm. Henry always found the good in people and loved to visit and talk about old times. He enjoyed working on the farm and raising cattle. Henry loved working with machinery, especially the bulldozer. Henry was happiest when surrounded by family. On Saturday, April 12, 2014 Henry was rushed to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn, and from there to the Nebraska Heart Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was there and on the same day he passed away at the age of 85 years, 11 months, and 29 days. His parents, infant brother Harvey, and brother Don preceded him in death. Henry is survived by his wife Darlene of Auburn; sons and daughters-inlaw Randy and Cathy of Johnson; Dave and Kandi of Auburn; grandchildren: Dustin Rohrs, Stephanie Woerth, Dawna and husband Dae Hall, John and wife Rachel Rohrs; nine great-grandchildren: Jacqueline, Alyssa, Dustine, Dalton, Trey, Trenten, Taylor, Brady, Sophia; one great-great-grandchild, Noah; brothers-in-law Delbert and wife Betty Jo Johnson of Salina, Kansas, Gilbert and wife Bonnie Johnson of Johnson; sister-in-law JoAnn Rohrs of Auburn; other relatives and friends. A funeral service was held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Ken Miller. Donna Caspers was organist and accompanist for congregational hymns. Casket bearers were Harold “Pete” Parker, Dan Parker, Larry Dorsch, Dallas McMann, Kirby Rohrs, and Calvin Behrends. Honorary bearers were Delbert Johnson, Gilbert Johnson, Omer Kuhlmann, John Rulla, and Orville Meyer. Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, with graveside military honors provided by American Legion Post #23 of Auburn and Nebraska National Guard Honor Detail. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.