OBITUARY

Duane John Rohmaller

June 30, 1936October 12, 2020
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DUANE JOHN ROHMALLER June 30, 1936 - October 12, 2020

Duane was a dedicated servant of the Lord. He loved serving the people he touched with humility, care, and empathy.

He was born in Hays, Kansas, to Eldor and Eveline Rohmaller and baptized into the Christian faith. When Duane was four months old the family moved to Carthage, Missouri, where he enjoyed his growing years along with his younger brother Paul (predeceased in 1984 and survived by his wife Julie). He attended St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas, and Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, where he played baseball. One of his favorite stories to tell was about his team playing Creighton University when he got a hit off future St. Louis Cardinal, Bob Gibson.

Duane’s first call was as an athletic director and teacher to Holy Cross Lutheran in Collinsville, Illinois. As a teacher he once had a class of 50 students. Coach Rohmaller was loved and respected for his years of basketball coaching. He later became administrator of the school. He spent many summers as director at Lutheran Services Volunteer (LSV) camps. Duane earned his Masters in Education from Southern Illinois University.

While at Concordia Duane met Betty, his wife of 59 years. During their years in Illinois they were blessed with a son, Mike, and a daughter, Lisa. They have four grandchildren: Emily, Nick, Anna, and Leah, and Duane enjoyed attending activities in which they were involved. His love extended to his daughter-in-law, JJ, and son-in-law, Craig Ellwein.

In 1978 he accepted a call to Christ Lutheran Church and School. God blessed his efforts and the school grew, including several building programs and the start of a new preschool. He was a mentor to young Lutheran principals in Orange County. He served on the LCMS Board of Higher Education which established the Concordia University system. He was a finalist for the 1995 LEA principal of the year. After retiring from CLS, he was in charge of the deacon program for the Pacific Southwest District for 15 years.

He loved family times, traveling (he made it to all 50 states), cruises, spending time at the cabin in Green Valley Lake, woodworking, gardening, bowling, golfing, and watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels.

Well done good and faithful servant. Rest In Peace!

Memorials may be directed to the Christ Lutheran School Student Scholarship Fund or the Crean Lutheran High School Saints Fund.

Services

  • Family Viewing

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Chapel Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

Memories

Duane John Rohmaller

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Jan Fox

October 25, 2020

Duane Rohmaller was a gift from God too many of us. He was the best principal a family could ask for. I spoke with him countless times throughout my daughter's 10 years at CLS. He was a blessing and I have spoken of him many times since. He was at our service and highly commendable. I have always had all the respect a heart can hold for him. Thank you Lord for sharing him with us all.

Kathy Carrick

October 22, 2020

I will always remember Duane's warm welcome when I joined the office staff at Christ Lutheran in 1990. It was a joy to watch him at the helm of his beloved CLS. Every Christmas season we still enjoy the cherished wooden nativity pieces he made for all of the staff one year. He was a true man of God and of great character. Love all the treasured family photos! Thanks for sharing. ❤

Kenneth Norton

October 22, 2020

Roh as we called him in college was my roommate my jr. year an his sr. year. we spent a lot of time together playing baseball or just having many conversations with each other. He spoke of getting a hit off Bob Gibson but the truth is he got 3 hits. He played 2nd base and I hit many grounders to him at his request. Roh was always kind and loving to anyone he came in contact with . He will be an example to us all.
Ken

Richard Nordmeyer

October 22, 2020

I was blessed to serve at Christ Lutheran as principal and enjoyed the path he set for that school. He had hired many of the staff and set a tone of service, faith, and excellence. It was special an honor to be in the same congregation and follow his path in leadership set with his servant heart and love of His Lord, and Savior.

Donna and I express our sympathies to Betty and the family.

Peter Bouffard

October 18, 2020

Working with Duane at Christ Lutheran School was one of greatest joys of my life. He possessed many talents in his role of leadership but the one that meant most to me was his sincere desire to make me feel valued and appreciated. Over the years he often made a point to tell me what a great job I was doing and how much he appreciated me. He did this for everyone, staff and students alike. This encouraged us to do our very best. Duane always flashed that great smile. Today he shares that smile with his Lord in heaven.

Sandy Kinnear

October 18, 2020

Many happy memories of working with Duane while being in the PTL. Was a terrific principal.

Jennifer Ristvedt-Hille

October 17, 2020

After school one day in the spring of 1998 I was helping our sound tech with the finishing touches before the school musical in the gym. I thought all the lines had been laid and the check complete but the sound tech (don't remember his name) kept checking them over and over again. I asked the foreign exchange student living with him and waiting beside me if he was okay. Then I remembered he was diabetic and grew concerned. I walked up to him and he was mumbling and slightly incoherent. As I was running to the school office for help Duane was quickly coming down the sidewalk asking about him. I was surprised...like...how did he know???... but quickly led him to the man where we were able to soon call his wife and discover glucose tablets in his pockets. I love the way the Holy Spirit summoned Duane to help this man and of course how quickly Duane responded to His promptings so this man's life would be saved! What a hero!

Bruce Jeske

October 16, 2020

When I first came to Christ Lutheran, Duane was one I had to consult with and vent with when I had to teach in a regular classroom. The Sem didn't prepare me for that! Duane was very helpful and understanding. He was a good friend and a great guy! Well done, thou good and faithful servant!

Jeff Kranich

October 16, 2020

Whenever we would visit Costa Mesa, Uncle Duane was always ready to be tour guide. He loved an adventure and exploring new places, but he loved more sharing those places when we came to town. I remember mentioning once when we were in LA that I had never been down to Hollywood Blvd or Grauman's Chinese Theater. Next thing I knew we were in the car on the way to the walk of stars. After having a great time looking around at all the famous footprints and handprints on the walk, as well as a few other fun places in that part of town, it was getting late and I figured we were heading home. But Duane just winked at me with a wry half smile and said, "wait till you see this", and off we went back to Hollywood Blvd because, according to Duane, "it's a whole different experience after dark", and he wasn't kidding. It was like a huge street party with classic cars and music and people everywhere. Even though he had been there before he was always so excited to share these special places with us for the first time. I'll never forget that night, or Uncle Duane's love for taking us on adventures. I know he's out right now exploring every corner of heaven, and I also know that when I get there someday he'll be standing with St. Peter at the gate, ready to show me around! Rest in Peace, Uncle Duane, we'll so miss your adventurous spirit!

Loren and Haack

October 16, 2020

Thank you so much for all the photos! I even found one with Linda and Randy! Wonderful memories!

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