OBIT: Anthony Rohl

Anthony Rohl, 80, of Reed City, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 6, 2011 at the Plumb-Smith Funeral Home in Flint Township, Rev. Joshua McDonald officiating. Interment in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Fenton.

Tony was born November 18, 1930 in Rose City, the son of Anthony Alexander and Ina Mae (Fifield) Rohl. In his 12th year of school he quit and joined the United States Army. After basic training he was shipped to Korea. Tony fought on the front lines where he got frozen feet.

When he returned home he met Alice Joyce Bissland in Mio and after a four year courtship, they married on July 16, 1955.

They had eight children together, raising five sons; Charles Anthony of Las Vegas NV, Gary Robert of Ocala, FL, Russell Dean, and Robert Doyle, both of Flint, and Scott Allen of Ocala, Fl; and one daughter, Cheryl Lynn Vock of Hildebran, NC. They also have three daughters-in-law; one son-in-law; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Also surviving are three sisters, Patricia Hawkins of Flushing, Mary Hartman of Arizona, and Dorothy Balius of Mississippi; brother, Bob and wife Bev of Rose City; a brother-in-law Carl Robinson of Mesick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter; his parents; two half-sisters, Marion Whitman and Margie Robinson; two half-brothers, Kenneth Kelly and Richard Kelly; and a brother, Don Rohl of Traverse City.

Tony worked at Saginaw Steering Gear for a short time, then moved to Flint to be near Joyce and went to work at Chevrolet Flint Metal Fabricating where he retired after 29 years. After retiring he delivered the Flint Journal for about 10 years, making “Carrier of the Week” several times.

After Joyce retired from Buick in 1993, they bought property near Reed City, building a log cabin and moving up in 2002. Tony loved to hunt, getting his first and only deer on their property. When he was younger he loved to fly fish for trout and also enjoyed bowling.