Robert “Bob” Benno Rohl, 91, passed away on April 22, 2016, in Fort Myers, Florida. He lived most of his life in the towns of Midland Park, New Jersey, Speculator and Gloversville, New York until finally settling with his son, Bob, and wife, Janice, in Fort Myers, Florida. Robert Benno Rohl was born on July 11, 1924, in Saddle River, New Jersey where he grew up.
Robert married the late Ruth Dorothy Zittema, when he returned from the Pacific Campaign in World War II, his wife of 55 years. They had five children: Robert L. (Janice), Sharon Moore (Dan), Joyce M., John L. (Lisa) and Diane Digges (David). He has nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Bob loved sports, trout fishing, horse shoes and playing games with his children. Mr. Rohl retired after 25 years as a civil engineer for the village of Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Robert enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country in World War II as a Second Class Gunner’s Mate aboard the destroyer the USS Hunt. He was a member of the “Tin Can Sailors.” Bob earned eight bronze stars, two silver stars for the Asiatic Pacific and Philippine Liberation military campaigns and medals for Conspicuous Service, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, the American Area Campaign, World War II, a Good Conduct Medal, a Victory Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Reserve Medal and a U.S. Constitution Medal.
He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for 72 years he was a member of VFW Posts 7086 and 7228 and was welcomed by Post 10097 in Florida respectfully. Bob served as a Commander nine times and was a Quarter Master repeatedly in both New Jersey and New York. He had the honor of winning many local and state national awards. Bob had also been active in the Midland Park Lions Club, American Legion Post 130 and the Speculator Lions Club. Always devoted to service, Bob served as a volunteer fireman in Midland Park, New Jersey.
He was much appreciated by his friends and comrades and will be greatly missed. Words like dedication, support, leadership, outstanding gentleman and friend; are just a few words used to describe Bob. “Thank you Commander Bob.”
Robert Benno Rohl will be interred with full military honors at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Saratoga Springs, New York on July 22, 2016. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VFW or Hope Hospice.