Robert Joseph “Bob” Rossman, 66, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Lake Taneycomo in Branson, Mo.
A funeral mass is planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ottawa. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Rossman after 4 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by family and friends visitation at 7 p.m. Interment is planned at Mt. Calvary, Ottawa.
He was born March 19, 1947, in Ottawa, Kan., to John J. Rossman and Agnes M. Wolken Rossman.
Bob grew up in Richmond, Kan., and was a member of the last graduating class of Princeton High School in 1965.
Bob joined the U.S. Army in 1966 where he was trained as a supply specialist and truck driver. He fought in the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968 serving in Cam Rahn Bay as part of the Counteroffensive Phase III. He was honorably discharged with the rank of specialist-technician and received several service and marksmanship awards.
Bob married Vyonne “Vi” Biegert Rossman Nov. 28, 1970, in Ottawa.
He was a lifelong resident of Franklin County and was an active member of the community.
He worked for Underwood Equipment John Deere for 27 years and retired in 1997.
Bob was a proud Vietnam Veteran and was a charter member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 912 in Ottawa and held several offices, including president. He was instrumental in bringing the traveling Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall to Ottawa, and he continued to support veterans’ rights up until his death.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Don Rossman; and his beloved son, John Robert Rossman.
Survivors include his loving wife, Vi, of Princeton; son, Father Christopher Rossman, Holton; daughter, Becky Schneider and husband, Steve, and granddaughters, Bailey and Camryn, Overland Park, Kan.; brothers, Jim Rossman and wife, Betty, Albert, Kan., Virgil Rossman and wife, Pat, Richmond, Art Rossman and wife, Phyllis, Richmond, and Earl Dean Rossman, Richmond; sisters, Mary Mulrenin and husband, Roger, Fenton, Mich., Erma Jean Brown and husband, Dan, Gardner, and Dorothy Shields and husband, Bob, Princeton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives and many friends.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Robert Rossman Memorial through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.
An online guest book is available at www.dengelmortuary.com