Outdoorsman, 25, remembered for ‘sincere desire to do good things’

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Christian Joseph Rohr, his family says, loved the outdoors and lived an “honest and uncomplicated life.”

Rohr, 25, who died while doing something he enjoyed, will be laid to rest on Saturday. Police report that on Feb. 25, he fell into the creek while rock climbing near Postenskill River Gorge. Search crews, including boats and a scuba diving team worked for days trying to locate Rohr.

On April 22, his body was discovered in the Hudson River at the Albany Yacht Club. The Rensselaer County medical examiner ruled the death accidental.

“It’s heart-wrenching,” said Troy Police Capt. Rick Sprague.

In late April, Rorh’s family released a written statement through friend the Rev. Neal Longe, of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Amsterdam. In it, they say Rohr loved the outdoors and lived an “honest and uncomplicated life” with family and friends and had “a sincere desire to do good things in the world.”

Rohr graduated in 2010 from Niskayuna High School, where he was a member of the swim team. His guidance counselor, Leah Wertz, remembered Rohr as a calm and conscientious student.

“Christian and his family were active in their church,” said Wertz. “He was a typical teenage guy, but he was very calm and attributed that to his religious beliefs and background.”

Rohr graduated with honors with an associate’s degree in business administration from Hudson Valley Community College in 2013 and went on to graduate from the University at Albany with a business degree in 2015. He was on the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students at the university.

In the April statement, Rohr’s family thanked the first responders who assisted in the search, including the Troy Police and Fire departments, the New York State Police, its dive team and forest rangers and the Rensselear County Bureau of Public Safety.

Rohr’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at Christ Church, 15 W. High St. in Ballston Spa. A reception will follow. Calling hours are scheduled for Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the church as well.

Donations may be made in Rohr’s name to both the Double H Ranch (97 Hidden Valley Road, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846) and the Episcopal Diocese of Albany (580 Burton Road, Greenwich NY 12834) which supports Oaks of Righteousness, the ministry in which Rohr was involved.