Jack Richard Rotzien, 93, of Indianapolis, IN died January 19, 2018 in Greensburg, IN. He was born November 27, 1924, in Holmesville, IN to Irene (Garwood) and Dewey Rotzien. His parents, his beloved wife Helen Rotzien, his daughter Casey Margherio (Jim), his brother Tommy (Carol), and sister Barbara preceded him in death. His sister Dr. Mary Rotzien (Brian Buchanan), La Canada CA, daughters Chris Messer, Greensburg, IN and Dr. Andi Rotzien, Grand Rapids, MI, his grandsons Luke Messer (Jennifer), Rich Messer (Mandy) Greensburg, IN, Jason Margherio (Megan), Joshua Margherio (Andrea), and Justin Margherio (Sarah), St. Louis, MO survive him. Jack’s 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews will miss him.
Jack, a graduate of IU’s business school, was a rolling stone he moved over 12 times and lived in Indianapolis, New Orleans, Dallas, Euless, Okeechobee, Lake Worth and Brownsburg. He had a number of careers including fashion merchandizing, sales, commercial fishing, and finally life insurance and education. He was a WWII veteran and served in the Army Air Force 392nd Bomb Group in Wendling, England. He volunteered to speak to elementary school children about patriotism and military service. He was a Mason, a member of American Legion post #331 and Phi Delta Kappa. He donated generously to any Republican running for office. He was a religious man who most recently attended Trinity Presbyterian in Brownsburg.
Jack will be remembered for his passion for conservative political ideology, Calvinism, fishing, photography (particularly windmills), Hoosier basketball, genealogy, and teaching. He was highly energetic and drawn to novelty and adventure. He loved to laugh and entertain. We believe his spark is renewed now that he has moved into the next chapter.
Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 17th at Newhard Funeral Home, 58 W. Walnut St. in Westville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana https://www.crh.org/service-centers/hospice/donate or to the Fisher House https://www.fisherhouse.org
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