Obituary of Wilbert Rozum (1921 – 2021) – Highland, Illinois


Wilbert “Will” Rozum, 100 from Highland, IL, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL.
He was born on Wednesday August 31, 1921 in Edwardsville, IL, son of Frank and Julia (née Bulka) Rozum.

On Saturday April 22, 1950, he married Mary Lou Rozum, née Koch, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Highland, IL, who survives.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Highland, IL; American Legion Extension # 439 Lee Iten, Highland, IL; Junior Achievement, Wood River, IL; Coach of the Khoury League; and the USS Alabama Crewmen’s Association.

Will has lived a remarkable 100 years and 42 days. He was born in Edwardsville, Illinois; graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1939. He attended Brown Business School. He served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945, aboard the USS Alabama (over 3 years), with active service in the Pacific and Atlantic. He worked for Standard Oil Co., Wood River, IL, and retired in 1981 after 33 years. He enjoyed motorbiking, biking, woodworking, working on his Lincoln Continental, cracking nuts and chopping firewood. For 25 years he rode “Rails For Trails” by bike in many states. He made wooden furniture for his children and grandchildren. He has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, England, Europe and the Czech Republic. He had volunteered for several restorations of cemeteries in the region.

Survivors include:
Woman РMary Lou Rozum (n̩e Koch), Highland, IL
Daughter – Carol J. (David) Capelle, Richland, WA
Daughter – Lynette M. (William) Lambert, Collinsville, IL
Son – Daniel J. (Tara L.) Rozum, Kansas City, MO
Daughter – Jane E. (Spouse – Nada J. Woodworth) Rozum, Cameron, MO
Grandchild – Christopher D. (Shelley) Capelle
Grandchild – Jonathan D. (Lauren) Capelle
Grandson – Lauren N. (Marc) D’Auteuil
Grandchild – Grant A. Lambert
Grandchild – Karen C. (Steven) Obstein
Grandchild – Jenna D. (Andrew) Sommer
Grandchild – Justin T. (Allison) Rozum
Step-Grandchild – Deven R. (Hattie) Joyce
Great-grandchild – Logan Joseph Lambert
Great-grandchild – Scarlett Capelle
Great-grandchild – Lilah Capelle
Great-grandchild – Chanan Capelle
Great-grandchild – Liana Capelle
Great-grandchild – Kate D’Auteuil
Great-grandchild – Jack D’Auteuil
Great-grandchild – Luke D’Auteuil
Great-grandchild – Olivia D’Auteuil
Great-grandchild – Graham Obstein
Great-grandchild – Brooks Obstein
Great-grandchild – Wells Obstein
Great-grandchild – Becken Rozum
Great-grandchildren – Two on the way
Step-great-grandchild – Amelia Justice
Great-grandchild step – James Justice
Great grandchild step – Danielle Justice
Step-grandchild – Julia Justice

He was predeceased by:
Father – Frank Rozum – Died 4/1978
Mother РJulia A. Rozum (n̩e Bulka) РDied 7/8/1972
Grandchild – Nicholas Ryan Capelle – Died 02/26/1982
Brother-in-law – Paul Ned White – Died on 06/02/2000.

Arrangements are made by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Illinois.

Visitations will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pierron, IL, with the Rev. Pat G. Jakel, pastor, St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL, officiant.

Interment will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions can be made to the USS Alabama Memorial Park & ​​Crewmen’s Association.

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