Pierce Edward Rohde, age 84 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, NE. Funeral Services will be on Friday, January, 31, 2014 at 11:00 am at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hartington with Rev. Gary Kimm officiating. Burial will be in the Hartington City Cemetery with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Ronnie Mc Caw, Mick Christensen, Ed Rohde, Dave Rohde, Bill Kollbaum and Mike Hintz. Honorary Pallbearers will be his grandsons and the remainder of his nephews.
Pierce was born August 11, 1929 on the family farm northeast of Hartington. He was the 7th of 9 children born to Fred William and Bertha (Marthwig) Rohde. He grew up on the family farm and joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in Korea. He was wounded in action and upon his return from the service he married Opal M. Dooley on November 27, 1952 in Hartington. Pierce and Opal worked briefly at Bob's Cafe in Hartington and then owned and operated the Coleridge Café from 1953 to 1955. In 1956 they rented their first farm which was located east of Hartington. Their favorite farm was the Morningside farm. There was a series of moves between town and various farms including Gerry Millers farm southwest of Hartington which they rented from 1964-1969. They built their first home in the east part of Hartington in 1976 and in December of 1992, after all the children left home, they moved down the street to a cozy trailer. Pierce worked for John Deere Implement, Wagner Fertilizer, Lindsay Water and from 1970 to 2012 he worked for the City of Hartington. He took great pride in the care of the Hartington Park and thoroughly enjoyed his mowing.
Pierce was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hartington, the Hartington VFW Post 5283, Hartington American Legion Post 4 and the Am Vets. He was Sergeant of the Guard for over 50 years and assisted with military services for many veterans, provided the honor guard for the school's ballgames and was active in many Memorial Day Services and local parades. Pierce enjoyed playing cards, traveling with Opal and his many hunting trips to Colorado. He loved being with his children and grandchildren.
Pierce is survived by 5 children and their spouses, Adele and John Kieffer of Olathe, KS; Alberta and Don Kohls of Omaha; Rick Rohde of Sioux City, IA; Roxanne Lewis of Coleridge, NE; Terry and Tonya Rohde of Brighton, CO; 19 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Opal, on September 29, 2003 at the age of 77, a granddaughter, Beverly Kohls and many siblings.
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I'm sorry for your loss...Pierce was a great man and will be truly missed.
We are the organizers of the final Korean War Honor Flight set to depart on March 25. Evonne and I are so sorry Mr. Rohde will not be going. We are very sorry for your loss.
Bill and Evonne Williams
Thoughts of deepest sympathy are with you during your time of loss.
John & Kathy Heitman
South Sioux City, NE
Roxanne and family.
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know he will be missed. Prayers for all of you.
we are so sorry for your loss.
Lina & Shawna Suing
All of our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Terry, Jennie, Nicolle and Jared.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Pierce will be remembered and missed by many.
Ken and Mary Thunker
our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Pierce was a wonderful man. God Bless. Dave and Renae Zimmer and family
I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.
I am so sorry that these words of sympathy are so late in coming, but I just found the web sight. I am so glad to get the opportunity to tell you that we will miss our talks with Pierce when we visit Hartington, it just won't be the same. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wally & Sharon Hoblit
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