In Memory of Wilbert Rohde

Wilbert Rohde
Wilbert Rohde
Born: August 1, 1921
Died: October 13, 2019
Age: 98
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Wilbert Rohde
August 1, 1921 - October 13, 2019
From: Wall Lake, IA

Wilbert Rohde, age 98, of Wall Lake, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 17, 2019, in the Peace Lutheran Church of Wall Lake, Iowa. Rev. Roger Carlisle will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Wall Lake Cemetery of Wall Lake, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the U.S. Army Reserve & Chalon Post No. 262 of the American Legion of Wall Lake, IA. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019, in the Peace Lutheran Church of Wall Lake, Iowa.  The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Wilbert Martin Rohde, the son of William and Jennie (Schoneboom) Rohde, was born on August 1, 1921, in Rural Wall Lake, Iowa. He grew up in Herring, Iowa, on a farm located southwest of Wall Lake.

Wilbert was drafted into the United States Army on January 13, 1942. He served his country during WWII and was in the first wave that landed on Normandy Beach during D-Day. After three years of dedicated service to his country, Wilbert was honorably discharged on October 28, 1945. He returned home through California, where he picked up his pen pal and sweet heart Cecilia Johnson. On June 12, 1946, Wilbert and Cecilia were joined as one in holy matrimony, in the Methodist Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. The couple settled down on the Johnson family farm southeast of Wall Lake and welcomed three children: Stan, Terry, and Tracey.

Wilbert engaged in farming for 49 years before retiring to town. He was a devoted member of the Peace Lutheran Church of Wall Lake and a member of Chalon Post No. 262 of the American Legion of Wall Lake. Wilbert enjoyed fishing, dancing, playing euchre and spending time with his family.

He is survived by wife of 73 years, Cecilia Rohde of Wall Lake, IA; children Stan (Jeannie) Rohde of Cape Coral, FL, Terry (Patricia) Rohde of Watkins, CO, and Tracey Snyder of Omaha, NE; four grandchildren: Keaton Snyder, Grant Snyder, Kendra Godfrey and Brian Rohde; brother Marvin (Helen) Rohde of Lake View, IA; sister Berneta Carstensen of Wall Lake,  IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents William and Jennie Rohde; sisters: Orlean, Dorothy & Roma Jean, and brothers Duane and Lester.


10:30 a.m., Thursday
October 17, 2019
Peace Lutheran Church
Wall Lake, IA


Rev. Roger Carlisle


Stan Rohde
Terry Rohde
Brian Rohde
Derek Rohde
Dennis Dozark
Curt Snyder


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Peace Lutheran Church
Wall Lake, IA


"Just as I Am, without One Plea"
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"


Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:05 PM
“We are so sorry to learn of Mr. Rohde's passing. What a hero from our Greatest Generation. And, obviously, a great father and husband.
Our prayers are with his family.”
- Bill Walker and Denise Walker
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