Richard Rosensteel, Class of 1952

Posted Sep 14, 2020

Richard Rosensteel Holland Mi Obituary  2

Richard Rosensteel ’52 died Aug. 13, 2020. Richard was born in Ambridge, PA to the late Ray and Dorothea Mae (King) Rosensteel. The family moved to Westerville, OH when he was 16. He attended Otterbein College in Westerville, OH and received his BA in Psychology-Sociology. While at Otterbein, Richard was involved in the band, choir, and Lamba Gamma Epsilon (Kings) fraternity. He then went on to receive his Master’s in Industrial Psychology from Bowling Green State University and his degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University.

Richard enlisted in the U.S. Army after completing his PhD. He served at both Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana and Fort Richardson, Alaska, during his two year enlistment. Richard started his working career in Flint, MI in Personnel Evaluation Services at General Motors Institute. Richard changed companies in May of 1964 and went to work for Ford Motor Company at the World Headquarters in Dearborn, MI. He had many job titles during his 21 years at Ford, with his last being “Education and Training Manager, for the Technical Staffs”. Richard was active in his church, participating on many committees, performing in plays and singing in the choir. He also participated in the local community theater. After retiring from Ford, Richard worked 10 years for the Transition Team in Troy, MI, as a Senior Consultant, then settled in Sun City Arizona for a true retirement. He and Naomi enjoyed taking part in Choral groups, travel, golf and spending time with their friends. They returned to Michigan and finished their journey together at Freedom Village in Holland, MI.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife Naomi Mann ’52 Rosensteel; and sisters Meredith ’39, Betty ’42, Hellen ’45 and brother Bob ’49. Surviving are his children, Bruce (Fran) Rosensteel, Jeff Rosensteel, Kim (Steve) Lemm; grandchildren, Kevin Rosensteel, Cheryl (Josh) Zerbel, Erica (Gabe) Lemm, Chris (Mary) Lemm, Lisa (Quin) Malysz, Alex Rosensteel; great grandchildren, Ashton and Holden Rosensteel, Callen Zerbel.