A couple married for nearly 54 years, Richard and Gerlinde Mohr, formerly of East Hampton, died in Palm Bay, Fla., in January within days of each other. Their family said Mr. Mohr, who was 81, had been in failing health since about Thanksgiving. He died at a rehabilitation center in Palm Bay on Jan. 21. Ms. Mohr was 71 and had been ill as well. Her death was on Jan. 23 at Palm Bay Hospital.
The Mohrs lived in East Hampton from 1976 to the 1990s, raising three children. Mr. Mohr was a mechanic who had worked in the motor pool of the Air National Guard in Westhampton Beach. He was also a veteran of the Air National Guard.
As a young man he taught mechanics in New York City. This led to his taking a job setting up a school for mechanics in Iran, where he taught for two years and made the acquaintance of the shah, who gave him a rug his family still possesses. His recreational interests included hunting, fishing, and woodworking.
Ms. Mohr was a floral designer for many years at Buckley’s Flower Shop in East Hampton. She enjoyed sewing, needlepoint, cooking, her garden, and music. The couple shared a love for camping and travel.
Mr. Mohr was born on June 28, 1931, in Brooklyn to George Mohr and the former Martha Wolfe. He grew up in Middle Village, Queens. Ms. Mohr was the daughter of Georg Viesel and the former Martha Sorg of Pforzheim, Germany. She was born there on Nov. 11, 1936. She grew up in wartime Germany but left to live with relatives in Queens after the war. Sitting on a porch at the family’s house in Queens upon his return from Iran, Mr. Mohr mistook her for a cousin and began a conversation. They were married on March 14, 1958.
The Mohrs lived in East Islip for many years, spending vacations camping at Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton before moving to a house on Whooping Hollow Road.
They are survived by their children, Monica Taylor of Sag Harbor, Helen McGuire of East Hampton, and Ralph Mohr of Palm Bay. They had six grandchildren.
Mr. Mohr’s sister, Norma Mohr, lives in North Carolina.
Mrs. Mohr’s siblings, who remained in Germany, died before her. They were a sister, Ellen, and two brothers, Gerhardt and Horst.
Ms. McGuire said her mother was “the most kind, caring, and generous woman you would ever want to meet.”
“Their work ethic was unsurpassed,” she said, and, “They loved to laugh.”
When they retired, Ms. McGuire said, the couple “bought the proverbial Winnebago and traveled the country,” reaching as far as Alaska. “Everything there was to see, they did it.”
A memorial is to be announced for a date in the spring.