Johann William “John” Rorich

April 16, 1929 - August 19, 2018
Johann William “John” Rorich

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Johann William “John” Rorich, 89, of Hendersonville, NC passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Park Ridge Hospital.
Born in Battle Creek, MI, he was a son of the late Dr. Johann Rorich and Dr. Wilma Weeks Rorich. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Esther Rorich, and stepson, Douglas Everson.

Before moving to Hendersonville 25 years ago, John had resided in Indiana. He attended Michigan State University and served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. John was privileged to travel to Washington, DC to visit the Korean War Memorial with the Honor Flight team. The majority of his career was in the beer distribution business which he loved and enjoyed. He was a member of Etowah United Methodist Church.

John was well-known for his happy spirit and ready smile. He loved playing golf and tennis, downhill skiing and swimming. Most of all “Bumpa” loved his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Dorie Rorich; step-daughter, Peggy Negus (Greg) of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Olivia and Jackson Negus; brother, Robert (Marion) Rorich of Manistee, MI; nieces, Stephanie (Brian) Slawnik of Traverse City, MI, and Sarah (Rich) Pruszynski of Milwaukee, WI; sister-in-law, Del (George) Rogers of Livonia, MI; several nieces and nephews; and many life-long and current friends.

John lived life, seeing it as wonderful, beautiful and fun, and he made it so for everyone with whom he came in contact. He was at his happiest being Bumpa to Olivia and Jack; took great joy in his years of teaching very young children to swim; driving the church bus to camp full of happy kids; keeping contact with friends of 80 years; and sailing with a friend. Most of all, he loved traveling through life with Dorie.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held at 2 PM Saturday, September 1, 2018 in the Lake Pointe Landing Smokey Mountain Theater with Reverend Brice Harris officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Hendersonville Rescue Mission, PO Box 1512, Hendersonville, NC 28793 or the Council on Aging, 105 King Creek Blvd. Hendersonville, NC 28792.


Saturday, September 1, 2018
2:00 PM

Theatre of Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community - Directions
333 Thompson Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • August 25, 2018
    M Campbell says:
    Dear Rorich family, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that this promise from God's Word the Bible will bring your family comfort at this difficult time. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Revelation 21:4

  • August 26, 2018
    Lavinia Zimmermann says:
    Dorie, I am so truly sorry about John's death. I will certainly attend the funeral and look forward to seeing you.

  • August 26, 2018
    Gayle Donaldson says:
    Dear Dorie, my heart aches for you. I know John and Skip will be sharing smiles and passing out jokes. Comfort comes in the memories we hold in our hearts; the past helps us go on. You are in my prayers. Peace, Gayle

  • August 26, 2018
    Susan Murphy says:
    Dorie, I am completely stunned by your losing your John and my heart goes out to you. We all at LPL are distressed for you. You probably don't remember me, but maybe you remember my yellow hat. All my sympathy to you. Susan Murphy

  • August 27, 2018
    Dear Dorie: We are so sorry for your loss. John was a great guy and Jane and I enjoyed seeing you guys when we rented at Commins Cove. Michigan friends of Mary Link