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From: "Peter McCrae" <>
Subject: [W-OBITS] ROHLFS: Claus Hermann Rohlfs 2003
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 20:05:18 +0100
Claus Hermann Rohlfs
cantorjoeocho (View posts) Posted: 13 Jul 2004 4:32PM GMT
Claus Hermann Rohlfs
Born in Innien, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on Apr. 26, 1921
Died Dec. 19, 2003 and resided in San Antonio, TX.
Visitation: Sunday Dec. 21, 2003
Memorial Service: Monday Dec. 22, 2003
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary
Click on the link(s) above for Maps & Directions
The Rev. Dr. Claus Hermann Rohlfs, 82, beloved husband, father, grandfather
and great-grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 19,
He was born on April 26, 1921 in Innien, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Claus
emigrated with his family to the United States at the age of 10 and retained
strong ties with family, friends and churches in Germany.
Claus pastored Methodist Churches in Grove, Pennsylvania, Wesley Memorial in
McKinney, Texas, Laurel Heights & McKinley Avenue in San Antonio, First
Church in Dilley, Texas, St. John?Ts in Corpus Christi and the Methodist
Church in Art, Texas. Other pastoral appointments included San Antonio
District Superintendent and Director of Field Education at Perkins School of
Theology in Dallas. While at Perkins, Claus inspired, innovated and
developed a pastoral internship program that has been the model for other
seminaries. Following his appointment at Perkins, Claus returned to the
Southwest Texas Conference and served as Director of the Conference Council
on Church Revitalization and Extension.
Claus served his country in two distinctive ways. First, he served in the
Pacific Theater during World War II. While stationed at Fort Sam, he met his
beloved wife of 57 years at Travis Park Methodist Church. Later he served on
the United Methodist Division of Chaplains, leading retreats around the
world for service personnel.
Claus served as a councilman for the City of San Antonio from 1961-1963 -
taking part in the initial development of the Medical Center and Hemisfair.
Claus was involved in public housing and other social justice causes in
civic leadership in both San Antonio and Corpus Christi. He was active in
?oWalk to Emmaus? and served as the Spiritual Director on Walk #1 in
Germany and later on Walk #1 in Hong Kong.
He is survived by his wife, Doris of San Antonio; his daughter Margaret
Decker of Sinton; sons, Claus Jr. and wife, Ruth Huber of Brownwood, Carl
and wife, Barbara of San Angelo and Paul and his wife, Pam of San Antonio.
He is also survived by three sisters ?" Paula Goodfellow and husband,
William of Sarasota, Florida, Ingeborg Gier and husband, Peter, of Laurel
Springs, New Jersey and Gertrude Degelmann and husband, Karl of Sarasota,
Florida. He is survived by 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, numerous
nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be his six grandsons, the Rev. Andrew Decker, Stephen
Decker, Justin Markley, Paul Rohlfs, Jr., Randy Rohlfs and Robert Rohlfs.
Honorary Pallbearers will be his fellow clergy.
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