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Rohde, Duane Arlyn

Duane Arlyn Rohde passed away from complications of Parkinson's disease at Parkside Villa in Middleburg Heights, Ohio on Saturday, August 17. His long-time friend, Marion Cramb, was at his side.

Duane was born on January 24, 1930 in Clintonville, Wisconsin to Elsie (Roloff) Rohde and William R. Rohde. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Orville Rohde, and one sister, Irene Rohde.

When Duane was growing up, he liked model airplanes and taking things apart to see how they worked. He also helped his father and brother at the family's Mobile Gas Station which was located on 8th Place in Clintonville. He was a graduate of Clintonville High School. Duane graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1951 with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics and went to work for NASA at the Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He started in the 8 x 6 Wind Tunnel Operations Group and was named head of the 10 x 10 Wind Tunnel Operations Group in 1956. He moved up the managerial ladder, becoming a branch chief of Engineering and Dispatching. In 1973 he transferred to the Facilities Engineering Division to serve as chief of that division's Plant Engineering Branch. During his 27 years at Lewis, Duane served on several Lewis committees. He enjoyed skiing and was a member of the Lewis Ski Club. Duane enjoyed a more casual style of living in later years and would usually be seen wearing his favorite outfit of blue jeans and blue shirts.

Duane is survived by his sister, Jeanette (Rohde) Dargatz Heidtbrink, Portland, Oregon; four nieces: Lorraine Hill (Bend, Oregon); Aileen Dargatz (Milwaukie, Oregon); Fae Ehlinger (Bend, Oregon); and Diane Kook (Bend, Oregon). He is also survived by his long-time friend, Marion Cramb (Brunswick Hills, Ohio).

Burial was at Floral Hill Cemetery in New London, Wisconsin. Arrangements were made by Cline & Hanson Funeral Home, New London.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Oct. 16, 2013
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