Rollin B. Kocher

b. 20 October 1909, d. 17 May 2007
  • Rollin B. Kocher was born on 20 October 1909 in Moxahala, Perry County, Ohio.
  • Pearley Albert Kocher and Louisa Bozman appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Moxahala, Pleasant Township, Perry County, Ohio. Other members of the household included Rollin B. Kocher, Lena Olive Kocher, Anna Violette Kocher, Mary Belle Kocher, Grace May Kocher, Clarence L. Kocher, Lillian Izora Kocher, Gladys Loretta Kocher and Clara Isabelle Kocher.
  • Pearley Albert Kocher and Louisa Bozman appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Pleasant Township, Perry County, Ohio, at Main Street, Moxahala. Other members of the household included Rollin B. Kocher, Clarence L. Kocher, Lillian Izora Kocher and Clara Isabelle Kocher.
  • Warren N. Stage and Lena Olive Kocher appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Newark, Licking County, Ohio, at 578 North 11th Street. Other members of the household included Rollin B. Kocher, Pearley Albert Kocher and Clara Isabelle Kocher.
  • He was employed as a painter by a fender company, according to the 1930 census.
  • He married Mary F. Strosnider, daughter of William Waldo Strosnider and Elsie Fry, on 1 June 1935.
  • The following appeared on 1 June 1935 in The Newark Advocate and American Tribune: Mr. and Mrs. William Strosnider, 553 Maple avenue, announced the marriage of their daughter, Mary, to Rollin B. Kocher, son of Mrs. P. A. Kocher, 37 Commodore street. The marrige was solemnized at 9:30 o'clock this morning in the parsonage of the First Methodist church with Rev. S. M. Ingmire officiating. [:CR: [:TAB] The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Catherine Strosnider, and the best man was C. F. Kocher, brother of the bridegroom. The bride wore an ensember of dusty-rose crepe with white accessories. The birdesmaid's ensemble was of navy blue and white. Both wore shoulder bouquets of gardenias. [:CR: [:TAB] The bride is a graduate of Newark high school with the class of 1930. Mr. Kocher is associated with the Motor Products, Inc. [:CR: [:TAB] Following the cemermony a wedding breakfast was served in "Pine Lodge" to the members of the immediate families.
  • Rollin and Clarence Kocher, and their widowed mother Louisa, appeared in the 1936 Newark City Directory.
  • The following appeared on 11 September 1936 in The Newark Advocate: Clarence and Rollin Kocher, formerly with the Motor Products, Inc., have resigned their positions to embark in business for themselves at 21 North Fourth street. The new firm is known as Kocher Brothers and they will specialize in automobile painting and body and fender service. A complete stock of Pharis tires and tubes, U. S. L. batteries and automobile accessories will be carried. Tire repairing, battery charging, vulcanizing, auto painting, body and fender repairing will be featured. The Kocher Brothers have had wide experience in their respective lines. For 11 years, Clarence Kocher has devoted his efforts to tire, battery and gasoline service, while Rollin Kocher has spent 10 years painting and repairing automobile bodies and fenders. Both are well known to the auto trade and a cordial welcome is extended to their friends and the motoring public to call. Prompt and efficient service is promised at all times and satisfied customers is their motto.
  • The following appeared on 26 February 1968 in The Advocate: (Newark, Ohio) Funeral services will be at 10:30 a m Wednesday in the chapel of Criss Brothers Funeral Home for Izora L. MacNealy, 64, of 170 Neal Ave. The Rev. James Foster will officiate, with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
         Mrs. MacNealy died Saturday evening in her home.
         She was born May 6, 1903 in Moxahala to Perle and Louisa Bozman Kocher.
         At one time, she had been employed by the Wilma Shop and later at Reed Realty. She was a member of the Real Estate Association and Royal Neighbors.
         Surviving are her husband, Herbert F. of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Jane Ballinger of Columbus; two brothers: Clarence Kocher of Buckeye Lake and Rolland Kocher of Shelby; five sisters: Mrs. John Healy, Mrs. Warren Stage and Mrs. Layland Grove, all of Newark; Mrs. John Mitchell of Buckeye Lake and Mrs. Wilfred Teal of Moxahala and two grandchildren. One sister is dead.
         Friends may call from 7 to 9 this evening and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p. m. Tuesday in the funeral home.
  • The following appeared on 6 April 1971 in The Advocate: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stage have returned to Long Beach, Calif., after visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Stage, 578 N. 11th St. His father and his aunt, Mrs. Mary Groves, are patients in Newark Convalescent and Nursing Inn. While he was here, a family reunion was held in the Stage home, attended by: Mr. ahnd Mrs. Rollin Kocher of shelby, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kocher and Mrs. Grace Mitchell of Buckeye Lake. Mrs. Anna Teal of Moxahala, Mrs. Myrtle Peterman and Mrs. Isabel Healy of Newark, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones of Coshocton. Don started his business career in Newark with Sears, Roebuck and Co. 35 years ago, and was transferred to California.
  • Rollin B. Kocher became a widower at the 29 May 1987 death of his wife Mary F. Strosnider.
  • Rollin B. Kocher died on 17 May 2007 at age 97 in Shelby, Richland County, Ohio.
  • He was interred at Oakland Cemetery, Shelby, Richland County, Ohio.
  • The following appeared in the Sandusky Register: (Shelby, Ohio) Rollin B. "Rollie" Kocher, 97, of North Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio, died Thursday, May 17, 2007, in Crestwood Care Center.
         Rollie was born Oct. 20, 1909, in Moxahala, Ohio, the son of Pearley A. and Louisa Kocher, now deceased. 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: 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 more than 40 years and was instrumental in starting a widowers group. 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; five grandchildren and their spouses, Amy and Curtis Carter, Molly and Steve Hayman , Eric and Jill Kocher, Gretchen and David Klotz and Brad and Amy Kocher; and 12 great-grandchildren.
         Rollie was the last of nine children. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Clarence; and seven sisters, Olive, Izabelle, Mary, Grace, Izora, Annie and Gladys, along with his wife, Mary, on May 29, 1987.
         Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Turner Funeral Home, 168 W. Main St., Shelby, and from 10:30 a.m. Monday until funeral services at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Shelby. The Rev. Gail Angel will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby.
         Memorial expressions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Gamble St., Shelby, OH 44875.
  • Last Edited: 18 Mar 2011

Family: Mary F. Strosnider b. circa 1913, d. 29 May 1987