Herbert Rothe

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  • "Sorry to hear that we lost Herb. He was a great friend and..."
    - Jeff Williams
  • "Oh, Herbert, you were so much more than a soccer mate. You..."
    - J Randy Percy
  • "Herbert you will be missed terribly by myself and my..."
    - Chuck MacDermott
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    - Tracie Rothe
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    - Sabra Papich
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Rothe, Herbert G.

Herbert G. Rothe was born in Gladbeck, Germany on December 31, 1932 and passed, surrounded by his family, to the eternal Soccer Fields of heaven on May 25, 2017. To know Herbert was to know the American Dream.

As a young boy growing up in World War II Germany he helped his 3 sisters survive the Second World War. As a young man, Herbert knew America was the land of dreams and he immigrated to pursue his dreams in 1958. A professional Book Binder by trade, Herbert was soon drafted into the United States Army. Hoping to serve his time in the Far East, he was instead stationed back in Germany, this time in Frankfurt where he met his bride Gisela. After serving his time in Germany, they settled in Chicago where they started their family.

The American Dream drew them into business as owner operators of Best Western motels. Never having met a stranger, Herbert had the chance to meet and make dozens of new friends everyday. The business drew him further and further Westward though Illinois, Kansas and Texas before finally settling in the Land of Enchantment. After 'semi-retiring' from the motel business to Placitas, Herbert found himself with time on his hands and joined the New Mexico State Highway Department as a bridge and road inspector. Chances are, if you are reading this, that you have driven on one of the many state highways and byways that Herbert meticulously inspected for 15 years.

Herbert is survived by his bride of 57 years Gisela; daughter Anita with husband Brad; son Peter with wife Tracie and grandsons Jordan and Kyle, and in Germany his sisters Eva, Christel, Marga and niece Britta. Herbert, a loving and respectful man, is also survived by memories of his kind, gentle and helpful nature with the countless lives of those fortunate enough to share the corners of his smile and the twinkle in his eyes.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to the National Parkinson Foundation at

Parkinson.org or another .

No Memorial Services are planned at this time while the family mourns the loss of Opa.

Published in Albuquerque Journal from June 3 to June 4, 2017