Harry Eugene Rohlfs, age 91, passed into eternal life on June 18, 2018 at The Christian Village in Lincoln, IL.
He was born on March 13, 1927 in Lincoln, IL, the son of Harry Louis Rohlfs and Hester Kirkman Rohlfs. Upon graduation from Lincoln High School in 1945, he joined the Army and served on the Homefront at the end of WWII. He married Shirley Joan Potter, also of Lincoln, in 1948; she died in 1968. Together they had 4 sons who survive: Msgr. Steven Rohlfs of Peoria, IL; Michael (Cheryl) of Northbrook, IL; Timothy (Vaune) of Exton, PA, and Christopher (Joanne) of Blackwood, NJ. In 1969, he married Emily G. Leeper of Normal, IL, who survives along with her daughter Donna (Minott) Wilkinson of Lincoln. Harry was employed in the petroleum industry for over 40 years, holding various positions in the Midwest and East Coast at Cities Service, Citgo, Chevron, Cumberland Farms and Getty. In addition to Lincoln, Harry resided over the years in Danville, IL, Somerdale, NJ and Normal, IL
He is survived by 4 sisters: Betty Justus of Moberly, MO, and Lincoln residents Joyce Paige Musick, Jewel Schachtele, and Sharon (Vernon) Shehorn. Another sister, Darlene McLendon of Lincoln, preceded him in death. In all, Harry was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln on Friday, June 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln on June 23rd at 10:00 a.m., with a visitation at the Church one hour before the funeral mass officiated by Harry’s son, Msgr. Steven Rohlfs. Burial will follow at New Union Cemetery in Lincoln where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post #263. Memorials may be made in Harry’s name to Donor’s Choice.