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Larry Rohner


January 1, 1940
September 17, 2018


Larry Frank Rohner, 78, of Centralia passed away Monday, September 17, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 1, 1940 the son of Harry and Josephine (Grasher) Rohner in Glenridge. He married the love of his life, Judy Mae Dobbs on March 17, 1962 in Sandoval at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

Larry was a devoted family man to his wife, Judy Rohner of Centralia; father-in-law, Herbert Dobbs of Centralia; children, Lisa Crouch and husband Michael of Walnut Hill, Lori Wernsman and husband Andy of New Ross, IN, and Dr. Scott Rohner and wife Sue of Opelousas, LA; adopted sons James Belleville and Daniel Belleville; grandchildren Morgan Taylor and husband Joey, Gavin Heern, Logan Wolf and husband Bobby, Bryce Wernsman and wife Stefanie, Chelsea Belushi and husband Robert, Jaicie Conner and husband Kyle, Weston Wernsman and wife Janae, Eric Rohner and wife Lindsey, Holly Rohner and Johnathan DeGraw, and Lindsay Horton; great-grandchildren, Georgia Taylor, Leo Wolf, Emma Wernsman, Ryan Wernsman, Lily Wernsman, Rockie Wernsman, Elaine DeGraw and soon expecting baby girl Wernsman, Camille Conner; sister, Marilyn Deglomine and husband Michael; many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and cousins.

Larry was preceded in death by both his parents, Harry and Josephine Rohner; sister, Jo Dean Pigg; brothers, Don Rohner and Jim Rohner; and mother-in-law, Edna Dobbs.

After meeting at a high school basketball game in Sandoval, Larry and his wife Judy, were blessed with 56 years of marriage. Mr. Rohner was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, National Buffalo Association, Macropod Information Exchange (Kangaroo Society), the Zoological Association of America and the International Miniature Zebu Association. He retired from Dobbs Bargain City in Centralia where he managed plumbing, hardware, and building improvement departments. From an early age, growing up on a dairy farm in Glenridge, Larry had a love and passion of caring for and raising animals. Larry was connected to nature and modeled a deep respect for all living things. This love along with Judy’s vision grew into making a home for over 70 species of animals at Buffalo Hill Exotics Ranch, including some of his favorites; American Bison, Camels, Kangaroos, and Paso Fino Horses. The ranch has been enjoyed by many people for many years! Larry was a true cowboy at heart and always enjoyed his work as a farmer and rancher. He loved to give “Around the World” tours educating people about his beloved animals from six of the seven world continents. Larry loved dancing and won many dance competitions, thanks to his original dance moves. He had a love of desserts and could not get his fill of ½ pound cheeseburgers with his favorite condiment, mustard. In the words of Larry, “Hungry? Let’s eat!”

Above all, Larry was known for his unique approach to living life with zest and doing what he loved. Originally, he was known as “Poppy” to his grandkids, but he had a way of making people feel special. So much so that the title of Poppy spread far and wide to many people who admired his untamed free spirit, gentle soul and the way he could fill a room with pure joy from his laughter. He wore the title of “Poppy” proudly and was deeply loved and respected by his family and friends. His grandkids will tell you he had the best jokes and even better advice that could sooth your soul.

Larry will be remembered as having a heart of gold, sparkling blue eyes and a smile that spread joy, love and compassion to many. As Poppy would stand and shout at the end of a good show or play; BRAVO! BRAVO! To you Larry for a life lived to the fullest!

Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is in charge of arrangements. A Celebration of Life service for family and friends will be held in his honor at a time and date to be determined later. Memorial contributions can be made in Larry’s honor to Springbrook Farms, LLC, 11760 West New Ross Rd New Ross, IN 47968 to support scholarships for children to receive Animal and Equine Assisted Learning and Therapeutic sessions using horses and animals born on his ranch. Online condolences and memories of Larry may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.