Justin Alan Rosenbohm, 41, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 4th, 2023, but he would not want you to be sad and remember him in this way. He was a man who was wise beyond his years, who changed the lives of everyone that he came across. Justin loved to listen to music, especially old school rap, hip-hop and old rock. He could spit any verse to any song and was the best karaoke singer you could ever find (we have the videos to prove it!) He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching the Cubs, Bears and the Hawkeyes occasionally pull off wins. Justin had a passion for everything that he set out to do in life. He never did anything half throttle, always full. One of his favorite songs was Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55." Boy was that the truth!
Some of Justin's most accomplished and proud moments of his life, happened "at the track." He started his love for racing at a very young age, learning everything about racing from his dad, Mark and Uncle Mike. He would race anything he could, whether it was Hot Wheels down the hallway to bicycles, he had to be racing. He recently was inducted into Cordova's Hall of Fame this Summer. However, what got him there is nothing short of astonishing. He ended his driving career with 12 Season Championships across four different classes, with 13 NHRA Wally's, two IHRA Ironmen, was the 2006 NHRA Jeg's All-Stars Competitor, was a "Two Track Champion" at both Cordova and Tri-State in 2016 (after a brain surgery earlier that year) and a four-time World Series of Drag Racing Winner. As if that wasn't impressive enough, nearly everything that Justin accomplished was done after coming back from multiple brain, spine and kidney surgeries, all while being completely blind in his left eye.
Despite all that he had gone through in his life, he was always so positive, caring, encouraging and loved to educate younger racers whenever he could, especially his cousin Andrew. He loved to spend time with his family, close neighborhood friends and his best pal, Mopar. While we can all grieve the loss of one of the most amazing souls to ever walk on this planet, he would want you to remember him for the memories that you made, the laughs that you shared and the stories that were created. He would want you to still cheer as loud as you could for his favorite sports teams (someone has to still cheer for the Bulls). Justin would still want us to get out to the tracks and support your local dragstrip with your whole heart and now, we can do so in his honor. As he always said, "ya gotta keep going, no matter what" and that we will, to carry on the legacy of "The Bomb."
Survivors include his father, Mark Rosenbohm; mother, Dawn Rosenbohm; grandmother, Joyce Gass; uncle, Mike Rosenbohm; aunts, Pam (Steve) Quinn, and Christi (Mark Boeckmann) Sawyer; and cousins, Andrew Quinn, John Quinn, Danika Sawyer and Mitchell Sawyer.
Justin was preceded in death by grandparents, Kenneth and Harlene Rosenbohm, Wayne C. Gass; great aunt and uncle, Don and Beverly Beuse; and uncle, Richard Burkamper.
A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family. Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is honored to assist the family and online condolences may be made to the family by visiting his obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com