Joseph Rohde

Joseph Rohde


Joseph E. Rohde, 77, of Fayette, died Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at his home, surrounded by loving family.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at the Fayette Community Church with Pastor Andy Sayer officiating. The funeral service will be livestreamed on Becker-Milnes & Rettig Facebook Page. Burial will follow at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Cemetery, rural Fayette. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Tuesday, September 8th at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette and for one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at Due to the state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing will be required. If we exceed the maximum capacity the church allows, we will have to ask you to watch the service live on Becker-Milnes & Rettig Facebook Page. We appreciate your understanding. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear a mask. We encourage those who are feeling ill to stay home and contact the family with a card, a note on the webpage, text, or a call. 

Joseph Edward, son of Bernard and Mildred (Betsinger) Rohde was born November 11, 1942, in Bremer County, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Faith. Joe received his early education in the rural Tripoli Country Schools, prior to graduating from Fayette High School in 1961. He worked as a carpenter, hauled milk, worked on the family’s farm, Upper Iowa University Athletic Department, and retired from Conagra in 2002, after working there for twenty-eight years. Joe loved being outdoors, whether it be at the family’s farm or recreational shooting, and enjoyed consignment auctions.

Joe is survived by his three sons, Joe (Heidi) Rohde of Maynard, Vince (Janette Bass) Rohde of Fayette, and Jason (Bridgett Fox) Rohde of Randalia; nine grandchildren, Ann, John, Caitlyn, Victoria, Cortney, Cameron, Lily, Emmaliyah, and William; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Elliot; the love of his life, Rachel Johnson; step-sons, Travis (Joan) Johnson and Bud (Kara) Johnson, both of West Union; step-grandchildren, Trevor (Brian Bunce) Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Karlee Crawford, Kherington Johnson, and Blake Johnson; brother, Donald (Wendy) Rohde of Marion; two sisters, Catherine Langle of Kirksville, Missouri and Connie Halverson of Marquette; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three children, David Allen, Timothy Allen, and Rosalie Ann, all who died in infancy; and three brothers, John, James, and Bernard Rohde.



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