DELBERT HENRY ROSSIER, 85 ROCKFORD – Everyone knew him as Bud. Easy going, loved and adored by everyone who met him. At 85, on September 9, 2014, he died peacefully at home, after battling cancer. He was born to Louis and Hilda (Lemmer) Rossier on November 20, 1928, in Rockford, IL. He went to West High School, and later attended Carthage College. He was a U.S. Army veteran, after which he returned to Rockford to serve the community as a firefighter on the Rockford Fire Department for 35 years. In 1954, he married Barbara Smith, who predeceased him in 2009. He took great pride in his family: son, Mick Rossier; daughter, Valli Williams; grandchildren, Adam, Amy (Mike) Childs, Todd, Krystin and Jennifer. Amy added great-grandchildren, Dominic, Keira, Luka, Cora, Elaina and granddog, Jett. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying everything from the Bears, a Sunday race, grandchildren’s sporting events, to cheering on local Harlem soccer player, Kirstin Semenchuk, as she took Harlem to new heights. A very special thanks to Kirstin’s mom, Char, sister, Kylee and grandparents, Tom and Sheri Cannell of Sheri’s Restaurant, for their special care and love for Bud. Bless them all, and Tom Jr., Mel and Roxanne, too. Bud would want his favorite niece, Bev Bengston, to know how much he enjoyed her, along with nephews, John (Joanie) and their son, Evan Bengston; and Jim, Tim and Keith Keulper, as well as their father, Don. Thank you to caregivers, Misha and Mya, for their wonderful care.

Delbert “Bud” Rossier, Firefighter
Rockford Fire Department
Years In Service: 35