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Philip E. Rohrbach

YORK Philip E. Rohrbach, 89, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. He was the husband of Rosella G. (Dell) Rohrbach, who died on March 4, 2009. Mr. Rohrbach was born in York on December 23, 1923, son of the late Charles L. and Ida J. (Shearer) Rohrbach. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army, 84th Infantry Division, Rail Splitters, during WWII. He participated in the European Theater, American Theater, and was also a P.O.W. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts with oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal, two Battle Stars, Victory Medal ETO, Bronze Star, and the Court of Valor. In 2002, Philip authored a complete book on WWII and his own P.O.W. experiences. He worked for J.C. Snavely and Son in the millwork department as an architectural draftsman, retiring in 1988 after 33 years of service. He also did independent design work from his home after retirement. Philip was a member of St. David's EC Church, Dover. He was President of the Architectural Millwork Institute, Central PA Chapter. He served six years on the board of directors with Architectural Millwork Institute in Arlington, Va. He was a charter member of the Optimist Club, served as District Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor of the Upper Delaware District of Optimist International and the East York Optimist Club. Philip was a life member of the West York VFW, Charter member of Hempfield Ambulance Club, and the Viking Athletic Association. He was an instructor for the American Red Cross, an avid golfer, and bowler at Lincolnway Bowling Alley. Survivors include two daughters, Linda E. Schroll and her husband Jerry of Shiloh, and Susan E. Swartz and her fiance, Robert McComsey of Columbia; four grandchildren, Jeffrey E. Schroll, Kristine L. Hamilton, Doug W. Swartz, and Debi S. Swartz; six great-grandchildren, Jimmy D. Johnson, Austin P. Hamilton, Connor P. Schroll, Katarina R. Hamilton, Avery L. Handy, and Alex J. Schroll; and one brother, Jack A. Rohrbach of Leader Heights. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2013, at St. David's EC Church, 2411 Oakland Road, Dover. Officiating will be his pastor, the Rev. Pat Teaford. There will be a viewing from 12 to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Military Rites will be conducted by the York County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to St. David's EC Church, 2411 Oakland Road, Dover, 17315; or to Hospice and Community Care, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Arrangements were entrusted to the LeRoy R. Leber Funeral Home, Inc., York (Shiloh), PA.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Dec. 17, 2013
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