Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Rollin B. “Rollie” Kocher

Rollin B. Rollie Kocher, age 97, of North Gamble Street, Shelby, died Thursday, May 17, 2007 at the Crestwood Care Center.

Rollie was born October 20, 1909 in Moxahala, Ohio the son of the late Pearley A. and Louisa Kocher. Prior to moving to Shelby in 1945, Rollie lived in Newark, Ohio where he worked at Owens-Corning Fiberglass and had an auto body and fender shop with his brother Clarence. In Shelby, he worked as a foreman for several auto body repair shops; Namely: Gump’s, Bud Young’s, Barker’s, Bourgeois’, and Bloom & Johnson. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church where he ushered for over 40 years and was instrumental in starting a widowers group at the church. Rollie’s smile and happy disposition will be missed by family, friends and strangers. He was loved by all.

On June 1, 1935 he married the love of his life, Mary F. Strosnider. Together, they raised two children. The children and their spouses survive, John A. and Cheryl Kocher of Port Clinton, and Sue A. and David Clingan of Shelby; 5 grandchildren and their spouses, Amy and Curtis Carter, Molly and Steve Hayman , Eric and Jill Kocher, Gretchen and David Klotz , Brad and Amy Kocher; 12 great grandchildren.

Rollie was the last of 9 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clarence and 7 sisters, Olive, Izabelle, Mary, Grace, Izora, Annie, and Gladys, along with his wife, Mary, on May 29, 1987.

Friends may call on Sunday, May 20, 2007, from 1-4 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, and also on Monday from 10:30 – 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church in Shelby. Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 at the church with Rev. Gail Angel officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 18 South Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.
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Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family_of: Rollin Kocher
    Your_Name: Jan French


    The world has lost one of the finest men ever put on this Earth.
    Uncle Rollie was the sweetest,kindest,most gentle man I have ever known.He touched many lives by his gentle spirit and caring ways.He always had a smile on his face nad I never heard him utter an unkind word about anybody or anything in his life.He had a gift for always knowing how to cheer you up or make you laugh or smile.
    His “Would you look at that”and “Get the kids up!”never failed to bring a smile to your face.He will be missed by all who knew and loved him and let me say,ALL that knew him loved him.
    Children always loved him,he knew just what to say or do to put them at ease and make them giggle.
    Peace be with you Uncle Rollie,I love you.
    Jan French

    Family_of: Rollie Kocher
    Your Name: Rusty Mott


    You all have my sympathy. I really loved Rollie. He was my boss when I worked at Bloom & Johnson’s Body Shop. Rollie really made a lasting impression on me. He was a very friendly, caring and outgoing to everyone. I know he will be sorely missed by all. God bless you all.
    Family_of: Rollie
    Your_Name: Gary Bonney


    To The Family
    Rollie and I had wonderful times at Bourgeois Pontiac and the smile never quit even thru some tough times plus he was a Good and Fair Man May the GOOD LORD give you that comfort knowing we were blessed because of him
    Gary Bonney
    Family_of: Rollin Kocher
    Your_Name: Bruce Cady


    Please accept my deep condolences for the loss of Uncle Rollie. I was hoping to see him soon, and I will always remember
    his smile and good humor under everything that life could throw
    at us. The welcome joshing he extended to all of us will be much
    missed, but always remembered. The example which he lived sets a
    high standard for all of us in turning poverty,disappointment,
    pain, and grief into useful work and a good, happy life.
    I passed by my car this morning on the way to the mailbox, and
    noticed that the hood had been severely dive-bombed by a vengeful
    and well-fed songbird. I did something I seldom do, and picked
    up the hose, and as I was scrubbing the hood I heard Uncle
    Rollin’s punch line in my head “…but they SING for SOME
    people…” and I realized that he had once more had the last
    word, and how it brightened my day. Love and best wishes to
    everyone- Cousin Bruce
    P.S.: I know Uncle Rollie mentioned many times how good it would
    be if we could keep getting together as extended family. I have
    more time now, so please let me know what your thoughts are as
    to how we best might do this.

    Family_of: Rollie Kocher
    Your_Name: Todd & Carol Jagger


    Amy and Family: We were so sorry to hear about Rollie’s passing. Although we never met him personally, we felt like we knew him because of all of the wonderful stories you’ve shared with us about him over the years. And we also know that he had to be a wonderful man to have raised such a wonderful daughter, who in turn raised two caring ones of her own. How lucky you were to have him all of these years! We hope it’s not too long before the tears you shed today turn into smiles as you remember him the way he would want you to. All the best to you all……Todd & Carol

    Family_of: Rollie Kocher
    Your_Name: Susan (Saffell) Chrislip


    I am the granddaughter of Anna Violetta Kocher Teal. My mother was Margaret Teal Saffell, who passed away in 1988. I currently live in Jackson, Mississippi, and was viewing the Newark Advocate online when I discovered my Grand Uncle’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Family_of: Rollie Kocher
    Your_Name: joan noblitt

    Dear John & Sue and Family:

    I was out of town last week and didn’t know about your dad’s death until I read it in last Friday’s News-Herald. Your dad was a sincerely nice man who left a legacy in leaving two nice “kids” to carry on. Our memories live on through us and our children and grandchildren. Life comes full circle and he lived his life to the fullest.


    Family_of: Rollin Kocher
    Your_Name: Larry & Cindy Burks


    Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Before recently moving to Port Clinton, we lived in Shelby and walked by your father’s home almost everyday. We always looked forward to his friendly smile and his big wave to us. Larry and Cindy Burks

    Family_of: Rollin Kocher
    Your_Name: Mike, Judy, John, Annmarie, Carrick, and Brynne Healy


    Rollin was a fun spirit to be around. He always had a good joke and story to tell when visiting us in Newark. I never knew my grandfather John Healy but I am named after him, so it was a pleasure to learn of him through Rollin. My grandfather and Rollin had good times together and fun train adventures to Cincinnati among other one day journeys. My Dad, Mom, and I will always treasure his spirit and who Rollin was.

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