Richard Virkler Rohr
April 3, 1924 – October 12, 2020
Richard Virkler Rohr, age 96, of Ellenton, Florida passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020. Richard was born April 3, 1924 in Lowville, New York to Mary Helen Virkler Rohr and Theodore Rohr.
Richard was a proud Air Force WWII veteran stationed at a SAC Base in Dayton, Ohio. Richard worked for Dewitt Dry Cleaners for over 30 years. Working very hard on the establishment of such a successful continuing integral business in CNY. He was a long time member of the Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia, New York. Also, a dedicated member of the Cazenovia Rotary Club and Masonic Lodge.
Richard is survived by daughter Kristin Smith; son Kurt Rohr; and the twins, Stephen and Susan, also with 6 grandchildren, and 6 greatgrandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife Suzanne Rohr; father Theodore Rohr and mother Mary Helen Virkler Rohr; brother Alton Rohr and brother Bernard Rohr.
Music was his passion. He started very young in his elementary/High School in Lowville, NY, from there he got the town of Cazenovia to build the band stand structure that lives today at Lakeland Park on the lake of Cazenovia. Then when he and his late wife, Suzanne moved to Florida he organized bands that played at Ice Cream Socials and such. Then he met the Suncoast Mummers Band of Bradenton, Florida. He and his tuba could be heard at every practice and every show. The organization granted him a lifetime membership for which he was very proud.
For those of you who love music like he did and hear a tuba playing, we hope you think of our loving father, Richard Rohr.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to the Suncoast Mummers Band of Bradenton, Florida, all proceeds go to student music scholarships.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ManasotaMemorial.com for the Rohr family.
- Suzanne Rohr, Wife (deceased)
- Theodore Rohr, Father (deceased)
- Mary Helen Virkler Rohr, Mother (deceased)
- Kristin Smith, Daughter
- Kurt Rohr, Son
- Stephen Rohr, Son
- Susan Benefito, Daughter
- Alton Rohr, Brother (deceased)
- Bernard Rohr, Brother (deceased)
- Mr. Rohr also leaves behind his grandchildren, who will forever cherish his memory.
Richard Virkler Rohr
Joseph (Joe Q) Quattrone
October 25, 2020
It was my privilege to get to know Dick while we both played music in The Suncoast Mummers String Band (Bradenton Fl) ,Dick was a fine gentleman and excellent musician and a pleasure to be around. The Band bestowed a Lifetime Membership Award to Dick a most coveted gesture and well deserved. Speaking on behalf for the entire band, Our Dear Friend God Bless and Rest in Peace.
October 24, 2020
I played Tuba beside him in the Suncoast Mummers Band for around 10 years. Good Tuba player and fun to be around. Full of stories from NY. To Bradenton! Loved the Guy, you will be missed Dick.