Nemaha Herald

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.

Christian Francis Kleine, one of three children of Christian Henry and Dorothy Irene (Edwards) Kleine, was born September 9, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska. He attended public school in Omaha through the sixth grade, when his family moved to Stella, Nebraska. Jim, as he was known to family and friends, graduated from Stella High School. After a year at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, Jim entered the U.S. Army in May of 1953. After his honorable discharge in 1955, he returned to school at Doane for another year before finishing his teaching degree at Peru State Teachers College in Peru, Neb. On June 8, 1954 Jim was united in marriage to Patricia Ruhl at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Exeter, Neb. Two children, Jim and Jennifer, were born to this union. Jim taught for a year at Odell, Neb. before taking a position at Auburn, Neb. He taught in Auburn for 36 years and also coached football, basketball, and track. For many years Jim spent his summers as the manager at the Auburn pool, and served on the Pool Board as well. As a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn, Jim served as an acolyte for Father Halligan for many years. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, as well as Auburn Rotary Club and American Legion Post #23. Jim’s health worsened in 2013, and he eventually entered Tabitha Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, Neb. in 2014. It was there he passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the age of 81 years, seven months, and two days. His parents and sister Phyllis preceded him in death. Jim is survived by his wife Pat of Auburn; children and spouses Jim and Carole Kleine of Elwood, Neb.; Jennifer and Robert Perales of Lincoln; grandchildren Katie Kleine, Xavier, Mateo, and Gabriel Perales; sister Karen Rush of Las Vegas, Nevada; other relatives and many friends. A memorial mass was held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn, celebrated by Father Greg Pawloski. Barb Billesbach was accompanist for congregational singing. Honorary bearers were Gail Searcey, Tod Bieke, Tom Gulizia, Ed Bredemeier, Tom Clark, and Bob Engles. Jim’s ashes will be buried at a later date. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.

Harold Edward Otto Buchholz, 92, of rural Table Rock, passed away April 12, 2014 at Belle Terrace in Tecumseh, Nebraska. He was born to Henry and Louise (Sodman) Buchholz on Feb. 8, 1922 on the family farm near Table Rock, Neb. He was one of three children. Harold was baptized March 5, 1922 and confirmed Nov. 1, 1936 at the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church, rural Humboldt, Neb. Harold received his education at Pleasant Hill District #13 through the eighth grade. He was united in marriage to Lela Koehler on April 20, 1944 at St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church. To this union three children were born, Janice, Milton and Karen. After their marriage they lived on the same farm where he was born. Harold was a lifetime member of St. James where he was active in Luther League and served on the church council numerous times. Harold also served on the Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Elk Creek School Board. Harold was a farmer all his life. He was always compassionate to animals and very interested in wildlife conservation. In his later years he said he felt the best while driving his tractor in the field. He also loved to hunt and took great pride in his gun collection. Harold enjoyed going to family birthday parties, playing cards and the great outdoors on the farm. He especially enjoyed being with family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lela, of rural Table Rock; children, Janice Price and husband Del of Curtis, Milton Buchholz of Elk Creek and Karen Smith and husband Brian of Auburn; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Michelle Axelson and husband Lennie and daughter Kelsie, Jennifer Newcomb and husband William and son Lucas, Melissa Breazile, Nicole Rogers and husband Stephen, Damian Cooper and wife Elise and their children, Olivia, Xavier and Wesley, Shaun Smith and wife Courtney and children Kristina and Katelyn, Ashley Mitchell and husband Zach and children Joshua and Leila and Megan McGrath and husband Rodney and children, Abigail, Owen and Maverick; sister-in-law, Elma Lee Buchholz; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wilber Buchholz; sister, Verna Ahntholz; sister-in-law, Luella Buchholz, and brother-in-law, Otto Ahntholz. Funeral services were held at the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Church, rural Humboldt, Nebraska, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 with Pastors Eric and Amalia Spruth-Janssen officiating. Organist Carolyn Hahn accompanied congregational hymns, “How Great Thou Art”, “Softly and Tenderly” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.” Rev. Kenneth Ahntholz sang “The Lord’s Prayer” accompanied by Lois Ahntholz. Pallbearers were LeRoy Koehler, Gerold Koehler, Keith Volker, Randy Koehler, Rev. Kenneth Ahntholz and Gary Buchholz. Honorary pallbearers were Wayne Koehler, Kenneth Volker, Paul Koehler, Roger Koehler, Leland Volker, Brian Koehler and Daryl Buchholz. Memorials may go to the family’s choice. Interment was in the St. James Lutheran (Long Branch) Cemetery, rural Humboldt, Nebraska. Online condolences may be left @ www.wherrymortuary.com.