Johnnie RothgangerIn Loving Memory…

Johnnie E. Rothganger

Johnnie Eugene Rothganger, 78, of Hughesville, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021.

He was born February 24, 1943, in Sedalia, a son of the late George and Margaret (Mittenburg) Rothganger. He was married to Linda Kay Spears, who preceded him in death on July 23, 2001.

Johnnie attended Georgetown grade school and Smith-Cotton High School. He was then drafted into the US Army during Vietnam and served in special forces. He was wounded and sent home. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.  Johnnie worked for Union Pacific Railroad, retiring in 1993.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting game and arrowheads, long-range shooting and fishing. He especially enjoyed Mountain Man re-enactments and working on a forge.

He is survived by a son, Michael E. Rothganger (Brandy Johnston), of Sedalia; a daughter, Julie Pflughaupt, of Hughesville; a sister-in-law, Kay Rothganger, of Weston; a brother-in-law, Richard Spears, of Independence; and two grandchildren, Chase Rothganger and Sofi Rothganger, both of Sedalia.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles E. Rothganger.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Heckart Funeral Home with Rev. Jeremiah Greever officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until service time.

Burial will follow in Mount Herman Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project in care of Heckart Funeral Home.

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  1. Our neighborhood lost a giant of a man and true war hero with the passing of Gene. His heart and compassion for others was amazing considering all he went through in his lifetime. He never complained and always handled life’s situations as they came and continued to have a wonderful outlook on life. The two purple hearts and gold star exemplify the quality of man he was. He was such a delight to visit with and was so knowledgeable about so many subjects. He hadn’t been able to ride his side by side through the neighborhood with his trusty dog for quite some time and has truly been missed. He is now with his beloved wife and is no longer struggling with life’s trials. Our deepest sympathies to Julie, Mike and the entire family. How proud you should be of your wonderful dad!

  2. My memories of Johnny are full of fun and laughter. What a character! You never knew what he was going to come up with. We spent lots of hours around an RMM campfire, sharing stories of our lives. My thoughts and prayer are with Julie and Michael – I’m sure your mother was standing at the gates, ready to greet him, with a pie full of “special Ingredients”!

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