57 3rd Street SW
Plainview, MN 55964
115 South Ave.
Eyota, MN 55934
William George Rother, 97 of Theilman MN passed away on January 29, 2020 at
Family Roots Eldercare in Plainview MN. William was born in Rochester MN on
May 30, 1922 to William and Elizabeth (Bloom) Rother. He graduated from
Plainview High School in 1940. After graduation he worked on the family farm
until 1987. He was then employed by Lakeside Foods in Plainview until his
retirement in January 2000.
On June 1, 1958 he married Genevieve Bartz at Immanuel Lutheran Church in
Plainview. William and Genevieve made their home on the family farm in
Theilman where they farmed and raised their family. Genevieve passed away on
May 14, 1994. William married Lorraine (Sally) Wourms Tucker in February
2000. They resided in Bena MN and later in Deer River MN. Lorraine passed
away on January 27,2018. Upon her death William moved back to Plainview and
resided at Parkside Elder Care now known as Family Roots Eldercare.
William was an Elder at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plainview for many years.
He was a township fire warden for over 30 years. He was a committee member of
the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for 19 years, it is now
known as the Farm Service Agency. He enjoyed working with Percheron draft
horses, coon hunting with his dogs, raising Angus beef cattle, and was an avid
reader of books, newspapers, and magazines. He sold beef through the
Plainview Locker Plant and allowed people to come to the farm and select the
steer they wanted for butchering.
William is survived by three sons: William Jr. (Ruth) Rother of Plainview, Edward
(Donna) Rother of Theilman, and John Rother of Desert Hot Springs California.
Six grandchildren: Becky Wait of St. Charles MN, Jolene Groski (Joe Fohrman) of
St. Charles MN, Elizabeth (Ian) Benoit of Plainview, Caroline Rother (Brandon
Hawkins) of Plainview MN, Sara Rother of Theilman MN, and Austin Rother of
Theilman MN. One great granddaughter Alliyah Groski of St. Charles MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, by his first wife Genevieve, his second
wife Lorraine, two sisters, Catherine Hair and Mary Margaret Beyer, and one
great granddaughter Kiegan Groski.
There will be visitation at Schad and Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview Friday
February 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Saturday
February 8th at 11:00 am with visitation one hour before the service at Immanuel
Lutheran Church 45 West Broadway Plainview MN, with Pastor Phil Augustine
officiating. Burial is at Greenwood Cemetery in Plainivew.