Richard “Dick” Rohder, 76 of Joliet, IL passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 25, 2023.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 26 years Paula (nee Ambrosch) his daughters: Amy (Steve) Sherwin, Michelle (Mark) Alstott and Nicole (Michael) Brenczewski . He was proud “Papa” to grandchildren: Marissa and Brandon Rocha, Olivia and Emma Alstott, Claire and Michael Brenczewski his brother: Fred (Jean) Rohder; brother-in-law: Lou (Cindy) Ambrosch and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother: Marita (nee Scheffler) Rohder; his grandparents: Joseph and Mary (nee Sullivan) Scheffler; uncle: Gerald Scheffler; aunts: Jeanne Ciancanelli, Rosemary Raub and mother-in-law Marie “Honee” Ambrosch.
He was born in Joliet, IL on July 17, 1946 and educated in Joliet schools until he enlisted and proudly served in The United States
Marine Corps in 1964. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat.
After being honorably discharged, Richard returned home and joined the Plumber and Steamfitters Local Union and was employed as a plumber for over 40 years, retiring from the Village of New Lenox as a plumbing inspector.
Richard was a lifetime member of the VFW, Moran Athletic Club and the American Legion in Venice, FL. Where he and his wife were proud snowbirds. His favorite time of year was traveling to see the “colors” of Wisconsin and Minnesota and fishing in Hayward, WI. where the big one always got away. When he wasn’t traveling he was doing his other favorite past time, cooking and grilling for family and friends and watching his beloved Cubs.
The family will receive relatives and friends for a memorial visitation on Monday, June 5, 2023 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Tezak Funeral Home, 1211 Plainfield Road in Joliet.
The funeral procession will depart at 9:30 am from the funeral home to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W Hoff Rd, Elwood, IL on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 for a 10:30 a.m. service with military honors. Cremation services were held in accordance with his wishes.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the: Wounded Warrior Project or to the Abraham Lincoln National Memorial Squad, Elwood, IL.