Robert J. ‘Bob’ Rozzi
Former Logansport Police Chief and Cass County Sheriff Robert J. “Bob” Rozzi, 74, Logansport, passed away at 5 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Indianapolis, following a brief illness.
Born Aug. 29, 1938 in Logansport, he was the son of Charles and Rose Marie Bessignano Rozzi.
He was married to Anita Firmani Rozzi, who survives in Logansport.
Bob was a Logansport City police officer from 1966 to 1998, during which time he served as chief of police for eight years. In 1999, he was elected Cass County sheriff for a four-year term. He then was a private investigator for two years.
A 1956 Logansport High School graduate, Bob attended Ball State University and received numerous professional training certificates from the University of Notre Dame. He was a huge Notre Dame fan.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Bob was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), was president and life member of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, and a member of the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, where he was past president.
Bob was the past president and board member of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
In 1970 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Logansport Jaycees. In 1993 he was named “Policeman of the Year” by the VFW Post 3790.
Other memberships include the American Legion Post 60, VFW Post 3790, Monticello Amvets Post 91 and the Logansport Elks, BPOE #66.
He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus where he served as Grand Knight. In 1974 he was named Logansport’s “Catholic Layman of the Year”.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a step-son, David Price, Logansport; step-daughter, Dr. Monica (Kevin) Kowaleski, Greenfield; sons, Robert (Joyce) Rozzi, Fishers, and Charles “Chip” (Paula) Rozzi, Thornton,Colo.; daughter, Nikki (Chris) Mahaney, Tipton; sister, Nancy (Jack) Cain, Walton.
Surviving are grandchildren, Robbi Mahaney, Christopher Rozzi, Jordan Rozzi, Christopher Rozzi, Jessica Price, Morgan Mahaney, Nicholas Price, Molly Mahaney, Meisha Price and Brady Price, a father-in-law, Lawrence Firmani, Logansport, and sister-in-law, JoAnn (Michael) Zabawa, Bloomington.
Also surviving are nieces, nephews, cousins and Jenny Price.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother in 1953, Anthony Rozzi, and mother-in-law, Clara Firmani.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, at All Saints Catholic Church. Father Mike McKinney and Father Dominic Petan will officiate. The FOP will conduct a memorial service at All Saints Catholic Church just prior to the conclusion of Mass.
Burial, with full military honors, will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kroeger Funeral Home, where the Elks Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Officers of the Logansport Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Department will stand guard during the visitation.
Memorial contributions for a scholarship in Bob’s memory may be made to the Cass County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 441, Logansport, IN 46947.
Condolences may be left online at www.kroegerfuneral home.com.