The Obit For Edward Rogell

Edward Rogell

The Orange County Register on 2/19/2008.


Rogell, Edward Thomas, 98, born in Chicago, Illinois on November 25, 1909, died in Placentia, California on February 12, 2008.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Hartmann; his sister, Dorothy Hawker of Perrysburg, Ohio; his nephew, Robert Rogell; nine grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Cecille, and two of his daughters, Mary Ann and Joan.

His first job was playing second base for a minor league baseball team in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Over the next five years Ed played on minor league teams in Jersey City, New Jersey, Toronto, Canada, Decatur, Illinois, Pueblo, Colorado. and Norton, Kansas.

After he left baseball and he moved to Detroit, he worked as a graphics artist for a jewelry store. Later he joined the Detroit Police Department. Besides walking a beat, he also was a driver for visiting dignitaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt and even met with President Eisenhower. Ed transferred to the Mounted Police, where on horseback, he patrolled the city parks, and participated in riot and crowd control. He was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Inspector. He then led and directed the Mounted Police Drill Team, which became well known for leading parades and performing at special Michigan events.

Ed retired after 25 years with the Detroit Police Department.

He and his family moved to California. He worked at United Airlines as the receptionist checking for management employees. Ed received the Medal of Merit from United Airlines. Ed never thought much about careers, he was just making a living to support his family. Although Ed was just working, he had many interesting experiences throughout his working days. He will be missed.

The Funeral Mass will be Friday, February 22, 2008 at 10:30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Placentia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 180 S. Cypress, Orange, CA 92866. McAulay & Wallace Mortuary.