In Memory of Robert "Bob" Rohde

Robert "Bob" Rohde
Robert "Bob" Rohde
Born: April 9, 1930
Died: November 2, 2013
Age: 83
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Robert "Bob" Rohde
April 9, 1930 - November 2, 2013
From: Ida Grove, IA

Robert R. "Bob" Rohde, age 83, of Ida Grove, Iowa, died Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa with the Reverend Adam J. Peck & Reverend Richard A. Salcido officiating. Burial will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery with military rites conducted by the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion both of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation with the family present will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at the Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Robert “Bob” R. Rohde was born April 9, 1930 in Battle Creek, Iowa at the Battle Creek Hospital to Emil and Theresa (Scheer) Rohde. Bob was baptized in to the Christian faith on May 25, 1930 at St. Mathews Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Iowa.

He attended school in Castana, Iowa for eleven years before they moved and finished school in Cushing, Iowa, graduating in 1948. After graduating Bob enlisted in the United States Army serving 13 months, during his service he served in the Korean  Conflict, while serving he received two bronze stars and a metal of commendation, he was honorably discharged in 1953.

Upon returning home Bob married Donna Demarest on October 11, 1953 in Cushing, Iowa at St. John’s Lutheran church. They made their home in Ida Grove, Iowa. The couple was blessed with three children Michael, James, and Pamela. After Donnas long battle with cancer she passed away in 1991.

Bob worked as a job superintendent for United Builders in Ida Grove for twenty-eight years before starting Rohde Construction. He had a hand in the Horn Memorial Hospital, the Skate Palace, the Ida Grove Rec Center, Bomgaars, Pizza Hut and numerous other projects in Ida Grove and across Northwest Iowa. 

He designed the original sign for the Bomgaars, and was even know as “Mr. Bomgaars” because he had such an influence in the building of Bomgaars stores across the area. 

Bob met Rita Pont and they were married on April 6, 1995 at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. The couple made their home in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Bob was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, he participated on the Planning and Zoning committee, He also enjoyed golfing which is how he met Rita, bowling, black jack, and was a loyal sponsor of Pheasants  Forever.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Rita Rohde of Ida Grove, His three children, Michael (Sheryl) Rohde of Atlantic, Iowa; James Rohde and special friend Vickie of Laramie, Wyoming; Pamela Lorenzen of Sioux City, Iowa; grandchildren, Sarah Rohde; Seth Rohde; Dana (Tom) Grafft; Toya Lorenzen and special friend Tyler; Cody Lorenzen and special friend Danielle; great grandchildren, Taylor Smith; Chloe Grafft; Kinnick & Karver Jensen; and his twin sister, Rita Schoenfeld of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna Rohde, granddaughter Mindy Jensen, and brother-in-law Fred Schoenfeld.


10:30 AM, Wednesday
November 6, 2013
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Reverend Adam J. Peck &
Reverend Richard A. Salcido


John Tietsort
Matt Tietsort
David Shever
Terry Shever
Steve Petersen
Bruce Henderson


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday
November 5, 2013
Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Geraldine Dankert, Organist

"Jesus Christ Is Risen Today"
"How Great Thou Art"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"Lift High The Cross"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa

Military Rites

McNamara - Moore
Post No. 61 of the
American Legion


Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 9:43 PM
“Rita and family: we are so sorry to hear of Bob's death. But,were so glad we were able to visit with Bob in the hospital on our way through a week ago. He was a very good friend and we have many wonderful memories of the years we shared. A special friend to both of us. Bob will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Peace and Blessings,
Shorty & Betty Henderson ”
- Shorty and Betty Henderson
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM
“Rita, my sincere condolences to you. Thinking and sending prayers your way at this most trying time...He was a great guy, may he rest in peace.
- Lou Venteicher
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM
“Dear Rita & family,
We were so sorry to hear of the death of Bob. I'm sure you have many happy memories, even though the last few weeks have been very trying for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God's Peace to all of you as you mourn his loss, knowing that he rests in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Joan & Leon
- Joan K.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM
“So very sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.”
- Wanda Wade-Schiernbeck
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:43 PM
“Dear Rita, I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Bob. There will be a giant hole in your life. Take care of yourself and do whatever you can to keep busy. Hope to see you in Atlantic one of these days when we are both there! Nancy”
- Nancy Havens Sojka
Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM
“I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing. My sincere condolences to all of you.

- Teresa Hagemeier
Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM
“Rita, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Losing your spouse is not an easy thing. You have a lot of good memories, cherish them. I know that you have a lot of support to help you through this very difficult time. Sometimes we don't understand why things happen like they do. Bob will not be suffering anymore. These last weeks have surely taken a lot out of you. Take care of yourself so you don't get sick. Let others help you where you need it. God bless you.

- Dianne Perry
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