He was born May 18, 1919, in Plattsmouth, NE, a son of Joseph Frank, Sr. and Mary Anna Yelick Rouchka. On Aug. 20, 1949, at St. Patrick Church, in Sedalia, he married Mary Frances Wright, who survives of the home.
Mr. Rouchka was raised and educated in Sedalia and was a 1938 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and participated in nine different campaigns. He attended school to become a radio mechanic, and he maintained the radios on the P-51 Mustang fighter plane. He was awarded the presidential citation for his squad with the oak leaf cluster. He served in the Air Force Reserves for 17 years. He named a P-51 Mustang fighter plane for his fiancée “Always Mary”. Mr. Rouchka started working for Lamy Manufacturing Co. as an assemblyman, operating a cutting machine for 28 years before becoming a foreman. He retired from Lamy’s on May 15, 1987 after 48 years of service. He worked part time at State Fair Floral delivering flowers. He was an active member of the Democratic Party and worked with absentee voters for several years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was a 64-year member of Council 831 of the Knights of Columbus and a 35-year member of the Fr. Tony Kraff Assembly 576 of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Also surviving are a daughter, Sandra Kathryn Rouchka-Cline and her husband Dennis, of Sedalia; and a grandson, Alexander “Alex” Tomas Cline.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Ann Lessley, Helen Farris, Agnes Rouchka and Mary Benz; and four brothers, Joeseph R. Rouchka, Jr., Frank Rouchka, Sr., Robert Rouchka and Charles Rouchka.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Reverend Father Mike Volkmer officiating. Pallbearers will be David Rouchka, Steve Rouchka, Kenneth Hake, Craig Burton, Art Borgmeyer and Bill Browne. Honorary pallbearer will be Donald Brown. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, with full military honors conducted by VFW Post 2591.
The Prayers of the Rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2011, at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel with visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m.
The family would like to thank the thoughtful and caring caregivers at Sylvia Thompson, our many family and friends who were there with us.
The family suggested memorial contributions be made to Sacred Heart School, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.
Condolences may be offered online at www.mclaughlinfuneralchapel.com.