Richard Joseph Rohrbouck, 82, Gering
Richard Joseph Rohrbouck, 82, of Gering, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Northfield Villa in Gering. His funeral service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff with Father Gerald Harr as Celebrant. Interment will follow at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Visitation is scheduled for one hour prior to service time at the funeral home. The family respectfully requests that memorials in Richard's memory may be given in care of the family to be designated at a later time.
Richard was born July 6, 1931 to Chris and Bertha (Frederick) Rohrbouck and was raised outside of Alliance, NE. Richard worked as a farm hand before entering the Army where he served honorably in the Korean Conflict, earning the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning home he met his wife, Sandy and was married on March 8, 1956. They remained married for thirty years until her untimely death in 1986. He worked for Burlington Railroad during his early career and in 1966, moved his family to Gering and started his own trucking company, Double R Trucking. Possessing a strong work ethic, he built up his company while also serving as a mechanic for United Parcel Service.
Richard had a knack for all things mechanic. He restored two 1926 Star Roadsters, one of which took his family to church every Easter Sunday for thirty-five years. He also built numerous stock cars sometimes racing two cars each week. He was so accomplished at stock car racing that he became one of the most popular and successful drivers on the circuit and was recognized as one of the original legends of the track in 1994. He was an avid hunter and took many annual fishing trips to Canada. Richard was a member of the Eagles Lodge and Christ the King Catholic Church.
Richard is survived by his sister, caregiver and companion Lorene Newton of Gering; children Gary Rohrbouck of Gering, Terry Rohrbouck of Denver, CO, Scott (Silvia) Rohrbouck of Loveland, CO and Tammy (Greg) Tenley of Sinking Spring, PA; and grandchildren Morgan, Grant, Justin, Larissa and Kayla. He also leaves behind numerous friends and family members, all of whom attest to his generous and giving spirit. Special friends include Gary Hall and Jim Siemsen.
His parents, wife Sandy, brothers Leonard and Raymond, sisters Helen and Rose and one infant sister preceded him in death.
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