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Robert V. Rohrman

April 18, 1933 - September 1, 2020


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    Omar Eddin says

    I worked for Mr. Rohrman for a number of years. Couldn’t have asked for a better boss, kind gentle man, generous spirt. I will always remember his infectious laugh…rest peacefully you have earned it. I pray for peace & comfort for his family during this sad & difficult time. Hope our paths will cross again. With much love & respect .. Omar Eddin

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    Mickey Straub says

    Several years after I started doing business (as a vendor) with Bob Rohrman (circa 1991), I asked to shadow him for 24 hours in Lafayette, so that I can learn some of the reasons why he was so successful. I’ve used some of his success principles ever since, albeit not nearly as well. Bob’s business skills, drive and marketing genius were extraordinary, and were only eclipsed by the wonderful children that he (and his wives) raised. Together, they built an automotive empire and a family legacy that continues to be carried ON by the grandchildren who learned his business acumen firsthand. It was an honor and pleasure to know a great man and businessman who also had a great love for God and country. May God bless you, Bob, and your family and may you Rest in Peace evermore…with a big ROHRRRRRR!!

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Robert (Bob) V. Rohrman, 87, automobile dealer, community leader and philanthropist, He passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by loved ones on September 1, 2020.   He was born April 18, 1933 to the late John and Velma (Ringwald) Rohrman in a log cabin in Lafayette, Indiana.


As one of 11 children (9th in line), Rohrman did not come from much.  He often recounted having to walk over a mile to and from school every day without a winter coat.  The nuns from his Catholic grade school gifted him with a warm snowsuit and he was deeply moved by their generosity.  It was this early gesture that set the foundation for his giving nature and philanthropic efforts.


Rohrman graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High school in 1952 while simultaneously working a full time graveyard shift (11pm – 7 am) at the local Brown Rubber factory.  He went on to serve our country in the US Army during the Korean conflict.  In 1954, he married Shirley Relander and together they had five children.  They later divorced, and Rohrman married Linda Lindsey in 1973 – together they were married for 25 years.


Rohrman started his automotive career selling cars for Glenn R Pitman in 1955.  He then ventured out on his own in 1963, and opened a simple used car gravel lot in Lafayette, IN.  His early success, hard work, and love for the auto business grew rapidly and in 1970, he acquired his first franchise (Toyota).  Working 18+ hours a day, 6 days a week, he was determined to grow an empire.  Today, he owns 27 car dealerships across Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.  To him, work was a hobby and he loved every minute of it!


Rohrman was a man of great vision, drive and charisma.   He loved life, laughter, and was an ever present personality in his many television commercials – “There’s only one Bob Rohrrrrman.”


He achieved many accomplishments and awards over the years, including the prestigious:


  • Sagamore of the Wabash Award,

  • The President’s Council Distinguished Crystal Train Award from Purdue University,

  • President of NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association),

  • President AIADA (American International Automobile Dealers Association),

  • Time Magazine Dealer of the Year award,

  • Toyota President Award (highest honor awarded Toyota dealers) for over 10 years,

  • Elite Lexus Award (highest honor awarded  Lexus dealers) for over 13 years,

  • Honda President’s Award for several years,

  • Finalist in the Indiana Entrepreneur of the year award in 1991.

This success allowed Rohrman to become the great community philanthropist that he was.  His giving touched those not only in Lafayette, IN but also Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Chicagoland, Kenosha, WI and beyond.  His generosity had no limits: sponsoring little league teams, donating to soup kitchens, charities supporting childhood cancer, and beyond.  Most recently, Rohrman donated funds to build a state of the art tennis complex for Lafayette Central High School, the Performing Arts Center at Lafayette Jefferson Public High School and donated a lead gift to name Rohrman Field at Purdue’s Ross Ade Stadium.


Rohrman’s legacy of love, laughter, hard work and generosity will live on through his loving family. In Bob’s own words, “I had a Fantastic Ride and did it my way.”

Bob is survived by his five children:

JR (Kathy) Rohrman, Lafayette, IN;

Rhonda (Vic) Isbell, Westfield, IN;

Randall (Robin) Rohrman, Spring Grove, IL;

Richelle Rohrman Posch, Fox River Grove, IL and

Rick (Vicki) Rohrman, Ft. Wayne, IN;

16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren


Cathie (Jim) Morehouse, Lafayette, IN;

Rita (Bill) Crowell, Lafayette, IN; and

Bernard Rohrman, Spooner, WI

Two stepdaughters and many nieces and nephews.

Rohrman’s children would like to give special thanks to their dad’s caregivers who became like family and went above and beyond in their love and care for Bob.

Visitation and funeral services at St Ann’s Catholic Church,  Anyone may join the service remotely about 10 minutes prior to the start of the service. To view the webcast visit zoom.us, click on join meeting, enter the meeting number 765-490-4234 and then enter the password tmg2020.

612 Wabash Ave, Lafayette, IN;

Visitation on Wednesday, September 9th from 11am – 2pm

Service following (CDC guidelines will be observed)

Interment at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens

Memorial contributions may be made to one of the following organizations:

St. Matthew 25 Care & Share Soup Kitchen

St. Ann’s Catholic Church

612 Wabash Ave.

Lafayette, IN 47905

Greater Lafayette Career Academy (vocational school)

Checks payable to Lafayette School Corporation

2300 Cason Street

Lafayette, IN 47904

Superhero Collective (childhood cancer)

1505 N Yale Avenue

Arlington Heights, IL   60004