Monday, July 14, 2003

Jim Rohling enjoyed outdoors after retiring from firefighting

By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MORNING VIEW - Jim Rohling's reward for 25 years of fighting fires and training new recruits for the Covington Fire Department was waking up each day of his retirement on his farm here.

"He loved it. It has three lakes - it's just beautiful," said his wife, Peggy Rohling. "He liked fishing and hunting out here. And spending time with his family ... he was just a wonderful husband and father."

James D. Rohling, a retired assistant chief for the Covington Fire Department, died Saturday at his Morning View home of cancer. He was 62.

Raised in Rosedale, Ky., Mr. Rohling graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1959 and served in the Air Force, stationed in South Carolina. He was honorably discharged in 1964.

He returned to Northern Kentucky and worked for Cincinnati Milacron Inc. until 1971, when he became a Covington firefighter.

He was named assistant chief in October 1991. With his new role came myriad responsibilities. He was in charge of the department's paperwork, training of new firefighters and was certified in handling hazardous waste. He also cooked meals for the firehouse members - a job he loved.

Mr. Rohling retired in 1996.

A member of Kenton Game and Fish, he spent much of the last seven years outdoors and traveling to places like Hawaii and the Virgin Islands with his family. He was a member of St. Cecelia Church in Independence, Ducks Unlimited and the Kentucky Fire Fighters Association.

Besides his wife, other survivors include a son, Stephen, of Owenton; six daughters, Julie Sorace of Lakeside Park, Barbara Rohling and Vickie Brungs, both of Crittenden, Anita Lucas and Amy Ostendorf, both of Morning View, and Karen Rohling of Dry Ridge; and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Allison & Rose Funeral Home, 5645 Taylor Mill Road, Taylor Mill. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Cecelia Church, 5313 Madison Pike, Independence.Burial will be in Mother of God Cemetery, Fort Wright.

Memorials: American Red Cross, Cincinnati Chapter, 710 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH 45202-2185.



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