Emanuel (Monty) Rosfeld, age 83, passed away with his family at his side, on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Kelly of the First Baptist Church of De Leon officiating.
Interment will be held Monday, May 19, 2008, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas with full military honors.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at Heartland Funeral Home.
Monty was born in Lehigh, Kansas, to Peter and Marie Rosfeld on Oct. 24, 1924. After a farming life in Kansas and Texas, Monty spent his teen years in San Antonio, Texas, where he met the love of his life, Mona Sue Bynum, at church. The two were later married at the Ft. Sam Houston chapel, on Sept. 15, 1945.
Monty and Mona were blessed with two children, Sheryl Welch Nilson and Kendell (Ken) Rosfeld.
As a young man, Monty enlisted in the Navy, as an under-aged sailor, seeking to serve his country in World War II. Later, Monty served with the U.S. Army and saw action in major theaters of war, including N. Africa, Sicily, Northern Italy, France and Germany. Following World War II, after a brief departure from the military, Monty re-enlisted in the US Army. He served with the US Army Air Defense Command, working with guided missiles, ultimately rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, 3. Monty and his family served in a variety of duty stations, including the Presidio (San Francisco), Calif., the Canal Zone in Panama, Connecticut, Texas and New Jersey.
After retiring from the military, Monty became a full time rancher, and worked a number of family ranches, including properties in the Lincoln National Forrest of New Mexico, and in Blanket, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his four brothers, one sister, and his daughter, Sheryl Nilson, of Moscow, Idaho.
Monty is survived by his wife, Mona Rosfeld, his son Ken Rosfeld and wife Sally of Essex, Vermont; his five grandchildren, Jennifer Roehrman and husband Chad, Tom Welch and wife Karen, Kristen Rosfeld, Jason Rosfeld and wife Heather, and Rebecca Rosfeld; and his six great-grandchildren, Victoria Welch, Lauren Welch, John Roehrman, Joshua Roehrman, Katie Roehrman and Avery Hadik-Barkoczy.