Frank Nicholas Rozich, age 92, died Monday, October 17, 2016 at the John D. Dingell Veterans Hospital in Detroit. Frank was born September 21, 1924 in Detroit to the late Nicholas and the late Rosemary (nee: Galovich) Rozich.
With thanks and praise from a grateful nation, we pay homage to Frank for his service to our country during World War II. As a sailor in the U.S. Navy, he attained the ultimate rank of Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class (AMM3/c) while stationed aboard the USS Tennessee. First commissioned in 1917, her history would be a storied one as she was one of the many boats docked in Pearl Harbor during that fateful attack on December 7, 1941. Yet amidst the carnage and mayhem, she was one of the only ships to come away with seemingly little damage as she was inboard to the island, protected by the USS West Virginia that suffered greatly. It was 18 months later that Frank entered the war effort and would eventually take his place among the Tennessee's crew. With just under 3 years of naval service, Frank was the proud recipient of the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (w/ 7 stars), the Philippines Liberation Ribbon (w/ 1 star), the Victory Medal,...and most notably, the coveted Purple Heart. We honor his service and the sacrifices made for the cause of freedom, both here and around the world.
Mr. Rozich was the proud owner of his own Tool & Die Shop, a business in which he extended the utmost in care, precision, and professionalism for many years until his ultimate retirement.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanore in 2004. He is survived by his children; Thomas (Judy) Rozich, David Rozich, John (Denise) Rozich, Joseph (Charlene) Rozich, and Sandra (Danny) Flatt. Brother of Thomas Rozich, brother and sister in law, Betty and Edward Kovacich. Loving grandfather to 7 and great grandfather to 11.
Visitation for Frank will be held on Sunday, October 23rd from 3 - 9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Road) in Warren. His Funeral Services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Monday at the funeral home.
Interment, with full Military Honors, will be held at 12:30 pm on Monday at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road in Holly, Michigan.
Please share memories at Frank's memory book above.
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