MARCUS, Iowa | David W. Rohwer, 60, of Marcus passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, with the Rev. Ron Rice officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, with the family present 5 to 7 p.m., at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
David William Rohwer, the son of Richard and Lois (Phipps) Rohwer, was born in Cherokee, Iowa, on Dec. 8, 1952. He was baptized in 1952 and confirmed in 1966. His childhood years were spent in Northwest Iowa. He attended school in Sheldon, Iowa, and graduated with the Class of 1971. He received training in auto repair from NCC in Sheldon, Iowa.
In 1972, Dave was drafted into the U.S. Army. Since the Vietnam conflict was nearing its end, he was fortunate enough not to have to go to Vietnam but was instead stationed in Alaska for two years in the Army Corps of Engineers. After moving back from Alaska, Dave returned to Primghar, Iowa, where he ran Dave’s Electric. A few years later he joined the city of Primghar’s Municipal Utilities, working as a journeyman power lineman.
On Aug. 26, 1977, he was united in marriage to Sandy Schoof. They lived in the Primghar area until 1985. On Aug. 13, 1981, Sandy gave birth to their son, Ryan Rohwer. Starting in 1985, the family spent the next 15 years in Sanborn, Iowa, where Dave worked for the city as a power lineman and cable TV technician. During this time he was integral in establishing the cable TV system for the city of Sanborn. In 2000 he went to work as lead cable technician for WesTel Systems in Marcus — a position he held until his accident in June 2012.
No matter where he called home, Dave enjoyed being involved in the community — whether it was a church board, library board, city council, Jaycees or the local fire department. He loved to go camping and fishing with his family and his friends. He took great pride in working outside in his yard.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; son, Ryan and his girlfriend, Katie Carver of Fort Wayne, Ind.; his father, Richard Rohwer of Cherokee; his siblings, Dean (Val) Rohwer of Sutherland, Iowa, Donna (Gerard) Kohn of Cherokee, Iowa, Danette (Brian) Cooper of Monmouth, Ill., and Dianne (Randy) Hogan of Sanborn, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Naoma Schoof of Sanborn; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sharon (Greg) Fritzsche, Sue Langholz, Steve (Cheryl) Schoof, and Sherry (Lyle) Tifft; his little dog, Zoe; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and so many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother; his father-in-law, Leonard Schoof; brother-in-law, Mark Langholz; and his beloved canine companion, Maggie.