Bertram Rohman

METAMORA - Bertram J. "Spud" Rohman, age 89, of Metamora, Ill., passed away at 9:17 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born Jan. 8, 1924, in Metamora to Clarence M. and Frances C. (Scheirer) Rohman, he married Rita C. Hill on Jan. 9, 1946, at St. Mary's of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville. She preceded him in death June 26, 1991. He later married Lois Vegalius Du Bois on Dec. 30, 1992. She preceded him in death on July 1, 2006.

Also preceding him in death were grandson Bradley Koth; two sisters; and one brother.

Surviving are two sons, Donald (Sharon) of Sebring, Fla., and Richard (Beth) of Peoria Heights; three daughters, Marian (James) Tompkins of Metamora, Kathryn (Marvin) Hahn of Washington and Paula (David) Krause of Peoria; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was a private in the Army serving during World War II in Italy as a machine gunner and had received the Purple Heart.

He was co-owner of C. Rohman & Son Trucking. Later he was a factory accounting clerk at Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years, retiring in 1991. He was tax assessor for the village of Metamora from 1955 to 1966 and served on the Metamora Park Board from 1979 to 1987.

He was a member of Knights of Columbus Lady of Sorrows Council 3060, Metamora American Legion Post No. 89, worked as an election judge and was a retired member of United Auto Workers Local 974, where he had served as a union steward.

He drove a school bus for Metamora Township High School for many years, as well as a Little League Summer Baseball coach. Spud was a avid bowler, Cubs fan and Metamora Redbirds football fan.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, with Father Don Roszkowski officiating. Rosary will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, with visitation to follow from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora Chapel. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Metamora, where military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 89.

Memorials may be made to Greater Peoria Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5072, Peoria, IL 61601-5072 and St. Mary's School.

Online condolences may be made at www.mason-funeralhomes.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Apr. 16, 2013