Denny Rohe
June 2, 1949 - January 12, 2024

Bob Miller, Larry Ahrendsen, Lloyd Nepple, Dennis Rohe

Dennis Walter Rohe, a well-known and respected longtime Terrell, Texas, resident, passed away peacefully in Grand Saline surrounded by family on January 12th, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Denny was born to Glenn and Mildred "Millie" (Venteicher) Rohe in Carroll, Iowa, on June 2, 1949. He was the oldest of 8 boys. His family lived on a farm in Ewoldt Township, in Carroll County. Denny's father passed away in 1967. His mother, Millie, raised her 8 boys on the farm, until they moved to an acreage north of Manning and in the late 1970s moved into town. Although farm life was not always easy for the Rohe boys, they created a lasting bond that has continued until this very day.

Denny attended Ewoldt No. 7 country school and graduated from Manning High School in 1967. He took business classes while working at Lozier, in Omaha, Nebraska. Bob Brannon convinced him to move to Texas for a job opportunity at Lozier's competitor, Madix. Denny loaded up his family, which included his 2-year-old son Todd and moved to Terrell. His daughter Tina was born not long after that.

Little did Denny know that Madix would become his second family. He served as the Plant Manager for over 50 years. Denny would have celebrated 51 years in February. He took pride in taking care of Madix's staff and customers. During the last couple of months, due to his illness, Denny was forced to slow down. Although he could still be found in his recliner asking if shipments were made on time, if the uprights were set correctly and asking about so much more of what Denny loved for most of his life. There were countless hours spent walking around the plant and sitting behind his desk demonstrating a work ethic will never be duplicated. Denny will leave a lasting impression on anyone that had an opportunity to work with him. His positive energy will continue to be felt at Madix and the impact that he made will never be forgotten.

Denny was a selfless leader that donated much of his time to the community of Terrell. He has volunteered countless hours to local charity efforts over the past 49 years. Denny served as a co-chair for the Chamber of Commerce annual civic auction, and was a chairman of the Chamber Board's Tourism Committee. In 2020, he was named as an Honorary Life Member of the Chamber and has headed up the annual Terrell Jubilee barbecue contest for over 15 years. Denny was awarded the Rotary Club of Terrell's Community Service Award and the Citizen of the Year in 2012. He has been an active member of the Terrell Kiwanis Club for over 34 years. Denny served as President of the Terrell Club in 1995-1996. He has been the chairman of the Annual Pancake Day fundraiser for over 20 years. During this time, over $200,000 has been raised through Denny's efforts as chairman of this fundraiser benefiting 4-K-Kids Clubs, 1-Builders Club, 1-Key Club, 1-CKI Club, Angel League T-Ball kids, Shoes for Orphan Souls, Scholarships, and many other programs.

An important highlight for Denny, which occurred every other July, was the Rohe Reunion with his 5 brothers and their families. At least fifty Rohes, by birth and marriage, took over Branson, Missouri, during the Rohe's Rowdy Reunion. Many special memories were made that always included Denny's fish fry and sampling of Templeton Rye!

Denny enjoyed ranching his farm in Grand Saline, which included the love for his longhorns. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and most importantly his grandkids. Grandpa never missed an opportunity to tell stories about their latest happenings to his family and friends.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Millie Rohe, brothers Darwin and Dean Rohe.

He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Teri Dodson Rohe of Grand Saline; his son Todd Rohe and wife Camille of Sunnyvale; his daughter Tina Spain and husband Curtis of Wills Point; step-son Kris Humphreys; step-daughter April Crow and husband Casey of Terrell; grandchildren: Madalyn, Mason, and Mabry Spain and Clayton and Addison Crow; brother, Dave Rohe and wife Kathy of Manning, Iowa; brother, Don Rohe and wife Sandy of Carroll, Iowa; brother Dale Rohe and wife Diane of Wills Point, Texas; Doug Rohe and wife Timmy of Monks Creek, South Carolina; brother Dan Rohe and wife Penny, of Fulton, Missouri; along with nieces, nephews, other extended family and many friends, each of whom will greatly miss Denny.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00pm, Saturday, January 20, at First Baptist Church in Terrell with his family receiving friends beginning at 5:00pm to service time. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, a memorial can be made in honor of Denny to Stonepoint Church at, there will be an option for a donation in his name. Denny was a loyal member and servant to his church.!/TributeWall

1967 MHS graduates: Jack Robert Albert, Linda Marie Barten, John Lee Beckman, David William Dammann, Michael John Edgerton (valedictorian), Ronnie Lee Ehlers, Marla Jean Ferry, James Warren Fink, Janet Kay Fischer, Jennelle Loretta Handlos, Lone Ostergaard Hansen, Kathryn G. Heithoff, Charles David Hill, Thomas Glen Jensen, Shirley Ann Karsten, Glen Charles Mahnke, Della Jean Miller, Sandra Lee Mohr, Charles Daniel Moore, Mary Anna Muhlbauer, Laurel Delone Musfeldt (salutatorian), Steven Paul Musfeldt, Ruth Ann Nepple, Gloria Jean Nissen, Elizabeth Victoria Oakley, Kay Helene Petersen, Bonnie Lou Pfannkuch, Craig Louis Potthoff, Peggy Lou Puck, Lynn Dean Ramsey, Joyce Lynn Ranniger, Helen Marie Reinke, Dennis Walter Rohe, Connie Sue Ross, Douglas Lynn Rowedder, Patsy Rae Rowedder, Bruce Jon Rutz, Delora June Schroeder, Bruce William Sieve, Dawn Dee Singsank, Larry R. Spieker, August William Stangl, Catherine Marie Stangl, Duane Francis Stangl, Richard Charles Stribe, Diane L. Venteicher, Dennis Ray Vetter, Doris Elizabeth Vogl, Darlene Marie Volquartsen, Thomas Paul Volquartsen, Vicky Lyn Walters, Darrell Eldis Weems, Joel Dean Weible, Carolyn Glee Wiese

1967 former students: Dennis Breidert, Cecile Calvert, Larry Drees, Noreen Eich, Cyla Freese, Linda Hargens, Steven Holst, Jimmy Hulsebus, Kathy Hummer, Linda Jackson, John Kuker, Kathy Lippincott, Curtis Lohrmann, John Loucks, Terry Martsen, Carol McKinney, Larry Meaike, David Moore, Wayne Moore, James Mount, Patricia Muhlbauer, Marvin Nepple, Lynn Porsch, Mary Ann Prosise, Pamela Ricke, Debra Russell, Diane Sander, Eldon Sextro, James Swander, Jene Thompson, Thomas Vonnahme, Anna Watson, Larry Wiggins, John Wilson

Page 38 of the Manning Schools history book

Top: Harriet Friedrichsen 4th, Dennis Greer Primary, Marilyn Brus 6th
Third: Gordell Lamp 6th, Mrs. Evelyn Antone, Dean Grimm 6th
Second: Luana Jean Lamp 1st, Mahlon Lamp 5th, Sharon Greer 2nd
Bottom: Dennis Rohe Primary, Curtis Grimm 2nd, Kenneth King Primary

Back to Dave Kusel's main page