It is with deep regret that camp says goodbye to the Camp Courageous Train engineer and long-time volunteer Gerry Rohr.
Since the early years of camp, Gerry has lent his expertise and talent to hundreds of camp projects. Gerry could fix anything! Most notable he oversaw the generators that operate approximately 90% of the camp during electrical outages and the train. After his retirement in 2008, Gerry became a full time volunteer.
Gerry Rohr shared the excitement of many by assisting in laying track, building a depot, landscaping, and improving the performance of the train. He played an integral part in the design of the recently donated “log car” and looked forward to revamping the handicapped accessible car into a “coal car.” Gerry could spend hours discussing the train and all its merits— over a cup of coffee, a snack, or with just a smile. However, the best part of his job was climbing into the engine and patiently waiting for the campers to board, then seeing their joy as they traveled through the woods on the tracks he laid and maintained. During special events at camp, Gerry would spend hours at the train controls, blowing the whistle at the crossings, to the delight of so many.
Gerry’s final gift to camp would be the expansion of the train to Lake Todd. He, along with several hard-working volunteers, spent the past spring and summer laying the rail. All that remained to be done was a little balancing before campers would have the opportunity for a new and longer train ride. Unfortunately, Gerry will not be able to take that inaugural ride.
The Camp Courageous staff, board, campers, volunteers, and friends offer their deepest sympathy to Gerry’s wife, Donna, and their family. His death is a tremendous loss to camp, but, with every whistle of the train, wonderful memories will be evoked of a kind and generous man. What an incredible legacy Gerry Rohr leaves behind…