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Arlen Wayne Rohl

August 22, 1938 — November 20, 2016

EUTAWVILLE - Arlen Wayne Rohl, 78, of Eutawville, widower of the late Arlene Smith Rohl, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016 in a Manning nursing home. A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manning with Rev. John Beane officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be 12 noon Friday in Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. this Tuesday at Avinger Funeral Home in Holly Hill. Arlen was born August 22, 1938 in Scotia California to the late Ernest N. Rohl, Sr. and Sarah Pullen Rohl. He grew up in Crannell, CA, and on a small cattle ranch in Dow's Prairie, CA. He attended Crannell and Trinidad Elementary Schools, Arcata Union High School, and Humboldt State College. He entered the USAF Aviation Cadet Class 59-15N in Sept Of 1958. He was tendered a Commission as a Second Lieutenant with an Aeronautical rating of Navigator on August 19, 1959 and graduated from Electronic Warfare Officer School in July 1959. He retired October 1, 1978 as a Master Navigator. Arlen has been presented the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Combat Crew Medal, 3 Air Force Commendation Medals. The National Defense Service Medal, 5 Air Medals, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Arlen was Assistant Chief of the USAF Europe Tactical Air Control Center's Combat Intelligence Division at Sembach AFB, Germany for two years. He flew in the B-52G, the B-58 (hustler), the EB-66 Electronic warfare and reconnaissance aircraft and the RF-4C photo reconnaissance aircraft. He was an instructor in the B-58 and RF -4. He was the Assistant Chief of the 363 rd TRW Weapons and Tactics Division as well as a com at crew member in an operational RF-4C Squadron. After retirement from the Air Force, he was employed by Lloyd Moore land surveyor as a party chief and instrument man, G.L. Smith Inc in Santee, and Holly Hill Country Club as Golf Course Superintendent. Arlen is a Past Master Councilor of the Arcata, CA Order of DeMolay Chapter, and Past Master of Vance Masonic Lodge of Vance, SC. He was a member and serving Deacon of New Covenant Presbyterian Church of Manning, SC. He was predeceased by siblings, Ernest N. Rohl, Jr., Lillian Swope, and Emma Dahlberg Carlson. Surviving are a son, Jeff Rohl and granddaughter Katie of Holly Hill; daughter, Jennifer (Charlie) Barrett and granddaughter, Faythe of Manning; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2833 Alex Harvin Hwy., Manning, SC 29102.
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