John Rohner

John Jacob Rohner was born Sept. 28, 1973 in Granada Hills, CA. He is the beloved and very special son of Judy and stepfather Ron Garman. He died in Vermillion Dec. 8, 2011 at the age of 38 years, two months and 10 days.


He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. He attended schools in Vermillion; Westminster, CA; Akron, OH; Centerville; Freeman, and graduated from Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls in 1991. He attended SDSU in Brookings for a short time then worked for a few years in Troy, MI and Maryland until returning to South Dakota. John attended USD in Vermillion where he pursued a double major in psychology and political science. He became interested in medicine and took many pre-med courses and worked at the USD Medical School Laboratory. He was also employed in other positions in Vermillion.

John was an avid football, baseball and ice hockey fan, and followed his favorite teams, the Eagles and Dodgers. He enjoyed watching movies and getting together with his friends. John loved his dog and constant companion, Cole Trane, and his cat, Laney.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sarah and Ervin Rist, whom he dearly loved, and his paternal grandparents, Virginia and John E. Rohner.

He is survived by his mother, Judy; stepfather, Ron; and many very special friends, Patrick and Lisa and family, including a very special godson, Colin; Jennifer, Duane, Denise, Ida and her daughter, Evy; stepbrother, Daryl; stepsister, Debbie; half brothers and a half sister.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at First English Lutheran Church in Centerville, with burial to follow at Grace Lutheran Cemetery, rural Centerville. The family will be present Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wass Funeral Home in Centerville with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

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