JENKINS - Frank George Rohde Jr., age 85, of Jenkins, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. He was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Columbus, Neb., to Dr. Frank and Verona E. (Wischover) Rohde Sr. He graduated from Kramer High School in 1941 and attended the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served in the 8th Air Force during World War II as a pilot on a B-17. He worked 15 years as store manager at Montgomery Wards and 10 years as district manager with Target. He spent eight years in Texas as vice president of Carrol Automotive until his retirement. He was a member and past trustee of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Pequot Lakes. He was a member of the American Legion Post 49 in Pequot Lakes and life member of the VFW Post 3839 in Jenkins. He also held positions of councilman and mayor of the city of Jenkins until health problems prompted his resignation. He stayed on the cemetery board until his death.
Frank Rohde Jr.
Frank has been coming to the Crosslake area since 1937 when his uncle originated Echo Ridge Lodge as a resort and the Rohde family cabin was built. He was married to Patricia Quigley from 1954 to 1977 and they had three children, Margaret "Peggy" Scarcella (Jim), of Duluth, Pamela Peterson, of Crosslake, and Frank G. Rohde III (Kelly), of Grand Rapids. He married Lorma Gene "Cookie" Shaw in 1986 in Pequot Lakes and became an instant father to seven more children who fondly called him Pops: Capt. Todd Yackley (Penny), of Moorhead, Bobbi Jean Richards (Cory), of Pine River, Susan Lujan (Johnny), of Casper, Wyo., Sheryl Gunzenhauser (Mike), of Winnebago, Larry Yackley, of Blue Earth, Kipp Yackley (Karen) of Pine River, Denise Olsen, of Eden Prairie.
Frank is survived by his wife of 23 years; all 10 children; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial will follow at the Jenkins Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River, and one hour prior to the service at the church.
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