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Miles Bruce Rohan

September 1, 1948 - December 21, 2020
From: Everly, IA
Miles Bruce Rohan

Miles Bruce Rohan

Born: September 1, 1948
Died: December 21, 2020
Age: 72

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Miles Bruce Rohan, the son of LaMont Edward and Donna Jean (Irvine) Rohan, was born September 1, 1948 in Sioux City, IA.  His childhood years were spent in Newcastle, NE, where he received his education, graduating from Newcastle High School in 1966.  He continued his education at Wayne State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1970.

     Miles married Neila Arnold on June 3, 1972 in Denison, IA. After their marriage, Miles taught Industrial Arts at the high School in Everly. They built a new house while he was teaching, using it as a teaching tool for his students. He owned and operated Rohan Construction for 13 years before working for Eaton Corporation where he retired from in 2010. After retiring, he assisted his sons Kevin at his Game State store in Spencer, IA and Patrick with farming near Ruthven, IA. For several years, he worked with the Cub Scout program in Everly and helped guide a neighbor scout to earn his Eagle Scout Merit.  He had a large operating model railroad in his home and hosted an open house during the Christmas season as well as operating sessions for his fellow model railroaders. Miles was a member of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) and a founding member of the Prairie Lakes Division of the NMRA. He was Superintendent of the KICD Train Depot at the Clay Co. Fair for several years.                                                                                                                                                             

     Miles passed away at his home on Monday, December 21, 2020, at the age of 72 after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.  Miles was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Michael Miles Rohan.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Neila of Everly, IA; two sons: Patrick (Diane) Rohan of Ruthven, IA and Kevin (Susan) Rohan of Spencer, IA; 2 grandchildren, Curt Rohan of Ruthven, IA and Lily Rohan of Spencer, IA; one sister, Marcia (Rick) Potter of Denver, CO; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Memorial services will take place 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 2, at the Warner Chapel in Everly.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to:
Michael Rohan Memorial Fund
118 E. 1st Street
Spencer, IA 51301
Pastor Michael Hyde
Leo Appel
Doug Clarke
Denny Davids
Jay Davis
John Davis
Meredith Johnston
Dale Hanna
Tim Lynn
John Schneider
Paul Sipes
Gene Sorbo
Bruce Dunning
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral.
"Imagine" - John Lennon
"The Air That I Breathe" - The Hollies
"On Eagle's Wings" - Diane & Susan Rohan
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, January 4, 2021 at 2:24 PM
“Neila and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Miles' passing. Kent certainly enjoyed the times he and Miles "talked trains", as that was definitely a passion of Miles. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time, certainly made more difficult by the time of the year as well as Covid. We pray that your great memories will give you comfort and please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kent and Jo”
- Kent and Jo Engel
Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8:16 AM
“Patrick and Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.”
- Jane Kauzlarich
Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“Miles always had a smile and was willing to share his model railroad knowledge with all. He will be greatly missed. Deepest sympathies.”
- Dennis Montgomery
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:50 AM
“Kevin, Susan and sorry for your loss. Hugs and love to you.”
- The Kroll Family
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“ Enjoy your new home in heaven. I will miss you.
Jim Bernier”
- Jim Bernier
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“So sorry. What a good friend.”
- Ronald Allen McMillin
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“I will miss his consistent selfless enthusiastic help in mine and others model railroading hobby. My brief experience with him was much valued. ”
- Rein Vanderhill
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 2:28 PM
“Neila, so sorry to hear of your loss. You were always a good helpful genealogy friend. Went twice to Salt Lake City with you. ”
- Arlene McMillin
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:33 PM
It is with a heavy heart I write to express my dearest sympathy to you for the deep loss you are suffering. I have many great memories of Miles. He was a good friend and mentor who will be greatly missed.”
- Jeff Hoffman
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss, Miles was a good friend. I'll remember the many times i was invited to operate on his railroad. Also the many times we met at the model railroad shows around the area.”
- Ronald Peterson
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“My sincere condolences to the family of Miles Rohan. Mikes was one of the “old school “ model railoaders. He was a contemporary of Walt Simonsen of Sioux Rapids and Ben Saunders of Spencer. These modelers could build remarkable models out of cardboard, glue and some paint. They had remarkable skills and astonishing talent. What set Miles apart was his selfless attitude. He would help anyone at anytime. He had the patience of Job with people of all sorts. I don’t think that we will see the likes of Miles again. So long friend. You wile be sorely missed. Thank you, for everything to everyone.”
- Kurt Stoebe
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“So sorry to hear of Miles passing. I'll always remember him and his trains. Such a kind man.
- Sue Biederman
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“To the Rohan family - knowing Miles was a pure treat. Such a good friend always willing to share his model railroad expertise. It was people like him who welcomed me to my first Prairie Lakes Division event in Estherville, Iowa, March 30, 1990, that convinced me it was a great hobby because of the great people in it. Miles was very knowledgeable and very willing to share that knowledge as well as being willing to find out what was going on it your life. Though I only got to see him about once every year or two, it was always an enjoyable time catching up on the time we were apart.”
- Terry Davis
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 10:22 AM
“RIP, friend, we had great travels together! To Mile's family so sorry for you loss. Don't cry because he's gone, smile because he was here to bless many others with his kindness and love. ”
- Jim Wetzler
Friday, December 25, 2020 at 11:36 AM
“So sorry to hear of Miles passing. I am sure you have many wonderful memories together. Keep them close to your heart! Dan and Claudia Seavert
Friday, December 25, 2020 at 11:36 AM
“Sorry for your earthly loss! Our prayers are with you and your family!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“Neila and Family
We are so sorry to hear of Miles passing
Both you have a special place in are hearts. From working on your cars at H&N to seeing Miles at the Hospital when I was working Valet, and having him come over to the house to give my wife some pointers on a very old Lionel train set she had received from her Father. He helped her out alot and the told us to meet him at a train swap meet over in Algona and he introduced my wife to a old gentleman that had Lionel trains. Have such great memories. God Bless. John & Diane Zinn”
- John Zinn
Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“I always enjoyed visiting with Miles when I worked at Abben. He was a truly kind and gracious gentleman. Praying that you will find comfort in the many wonderful memories you must have of him. ”
- Edna Lawson
Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“We are so sorry for the loss of Miles! He was such a blessing to us, particularly in sharing his love of trains! He will be missed.”
- Deb Hummel
Thursday, December 24, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“Holding you close in our thoughts and sending you comforting hugs. Remembering Miles, all the cool trains, good times in Iowa at the house, the nearby lakes, summer visits, and time with the Rohan family. ”
- Amy Potter Newman & Mark Newman
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at a time like this”
- Morris & Judy Rusch
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM
“Neila and family,
Andrew and I are so sorry to hear of Miles’ passing. He was a great guy and will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts ”
- Kendra Hanson
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM
“Prayers and condolences to the Rohan family.”
- Suzan Eilers
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM
“To the Rohan family, We are sorry to hear about Miles passing. Dale remembers him as a shop teacher in Everly schools many years ago, fresh out of college. We always enjoyed visiting with him at the farmers market when he was there with Pat. He also gave us the Grand tour of the Clay County Fairs Train depot.. He will be missed...Dale & Becky”
- Dale & Becky Woolery
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:51 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Miles. He fought a valiant battle against cancer and I admired his tenacity and bravery through all his treatments. Take care and God Bless ✝️”
- Randy Krukow
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:51 AM
“Jim and I would like to extend our sincere condolence's to Mile's family. We met him oh so many years ago when he did some remodeling on our home. What a carpenter he was! Jesus and Miles will have great conversations about carpentry! ”
- Jan Rusk
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 9:50 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Miles! Such a sweet and quiet man and was always with a smile! He was so proud and loved his train set up in the basement at his place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!”
- Gayle & Bryan Bailey
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 4:04 PM
“My sympathy to Miles' family, he is no longer in pain. Such a brave person to fight a long battle against cancer. He worked for me at Eaton Corporation, was a good worker and loved to talk about his trains. May he RIP, no longer in pain. He will be missed by his family & many friends. God's blessings.”
- Pat Larsen
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