William (Bill) Edward Rohland, 75, died Tuesday morning, October 6, 2020, in a plane crash near Evansville, Indiana. The last several years Bill had been living and working in retirement at Posey Patch airfield near Mount Vernon, Indiana during the summer months and residing with his wife and son at their home in Garden Grove, California through the winter.
Bill was born October 11, 1944, in Withee, Wisconsin, to Julius and Gertrude Rohland. He attended Owen-Withee schools and graduated in 1956. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and continued serving in the Air National Guard after his retirement from the Air Force and maintained many close friendships from his military service days. He lived in St. Louis, Missouri and Collinsville, Illinois before moving to California.
Bill was devoted to flying. In retirement he learned to fly ultra light planes and made life-long friends in that world. He worked closely with Tri State Kites at the Posey Patch airfield in Mount Vernon, Indiana and at Sullivan Airfield near St. Louis, Missouri, promoting flying, participating in flying clubs and instructing student pilots. He made committed friendships there and wherever he spent time.
He is survived by his wife, Ngoc Vu Rohland and son, Julian; his brother, Curtis Rohland (LaMae), Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; sister Deborah Gengenbach, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; brothers-in-law Hung Vu (Phuong Vo), St. Louis, Missouri; Ta’n Vu (Trang Nguyen), Atlanta, Georgia; Tan Vu (Thuc Le) Smithfield, Rhode Island; nephews John Rohland (Lan), Eau Claire, and Albert Rohland, La Crosse, Wisconsin; niece Larissa (Florian) Skwierczynski, Lake Hallie, Wisconsin; nephew Gus Gengenbach (Cassidy) Bremerton, Washington; niece Julia, Madison, Wisconsin; niece Beth (Charles Hinkle) Leasburg, North Carolina; niece Amy (Neil) Hodorovsky, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; six grand nieces, two great grand nieces, four great grand nephews; and numerous cousins.
Preceded in Death by
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Caroline Rohland, Edward and Amelia Petke, parents Julius and Gertrude Rohland, his older sister, Nancy (Bill) Schley, and numerous aunts and uncles and several cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 24 at Riverside Cemetery. The cemetery is one mile west of Withee, Wisconsin on state highway 29.
The family regrets that a meal together cannot be enjoyed at this time due to the restrictions imposed by the ongoing corona virus pandemic.
A nonprofit organization has not yet been chosen as recipient for any gifts of money given in Bill’s honor.
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