Plattsmouth, Neb., farrier Ron Rookstool passed away Thursday, March 10, 2022. He was 80.
Rookstool was raised and schooled in Omaha and he graduated from Omaha Tech High School with the class of 1959. After graduating from high school, he worked for the Metropolitan Utilities District until 1964 when he started working as a firefighter at the Omaha Fire Department.
He met the love of his life Dorene Rose Friesen and they were later married Oct. 4, 1965, in Omaha. They made their home and raised their three daughters in Omaha until 1976 when they moved to Plattsmouth.
He became a farrier because he and Dorene loved riding, raising, and caring for horses. While at the fire department, he became and worked as an E.M.T. Paramedic for the Omaha Fire Department until Ron retired in 1991. After retiring from the fire department, he was a school bus driver for Conestoga Schools for three years and then for Plattsmouth High School for several years. He also was a blacksmith during his last 15 years, he enjoyed doing blacksmithing demonstrations with his daughter Keri.
He was a member of Hosanna Lutheran Church in Plattsmouth, Bee Hive Lodge #184 in Omaha, and the Prairie Blacksmith Association.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. with family greeting relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Roby Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Plattsmouth. His final resting place will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Plattsmouth.
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