ASHTON – Robert W. Rohr, 83, of Ashton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.
He was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Clinton, Iowa, to Frank and Lucille (Olsen) Rohr. He grew up in Clinton, and was a proud graduate of Lyons High School in 1950. He served for 4 years in the Air Force as a radioman in Korea. He entered college and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. He also attended Southern Illinois University and Northern Illinois University for furthering his education. He obtained his master’s degree in math and science. He married Janice Rae Jensen on Sept. 8, 1956. She preceded him in death in May 2003.
Robert began his teaching career in Lanark. He then started teaching in Ashton, and retired after 30-plus years. He then taught in Hanau, Germany, for Department of Defense Independent Schools for 7 years, where he retired again. He took trips to the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minn., for many years, taking kids from around the area. He was a candidate for the Teacher in Space program through NASA. He was a member of the Ashton American Legion and the Lanark Masonic Lodge. He was an active member at United Methodist Church in Ashton, where he served as lay leader for many years. He enjoyed traveling, antiquing, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed the outdoors. He was an artist, and painted various pictures.
He is survived by his children, Jon (Jeannie) Rohr of Ashton, Joan (Joe) Jackson of St. Pete Beach, Fla., and Jill Rohr of Hinesville, Ga.; grandchildren, Benjamin Rohr and Daniel Rohr; one sister, Carole (Eugene) Gilbert; and several nieces and nephews.
He preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ashton United Methodist Church, 906 Richardson Ave. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church and interment at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Clinton, Iowa. Beverage-Lyons Family Funeral Home in Ashton is handling arrangements.