Richard R. Rotz, 79; Retired Pottstown Police Sgt.

 Richard R. Rotz, 79, of Pottstown, husband of Bonnie L. (Surgeoner) Rotz, passed away Friday, May 27, 2022 at his home in Frederick Living, Zieglerville.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Earl and Aletta (Wamsher) Rotz.

He attended Pottstown Schools and was a member of the graduating class of 1961.

In 1962, Richard joined the U.S. Army until 1965 where he served as a Military Policeman. During his tenure in Ft. Myers, VA, he was one of the MP’s who was selected to guard the grave of President John F. Kennedy after the assassination.

Richard was hired by the Pottstown Police Department in June 1965 and served as a patrolman until being promoted to Sergeant in 1972. During his service in Pottstown, Richard was a member of the Patrol Division, eventually as Sergeant; Crime Control Unit, Traffic Safety Division & Detective Sergeant. While working at Pottstown, he attended Penn State and received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Richard retired from Pottstown Police Department in January of 1999 then worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for nine years. He also worked part-time for Catagnus Funeral Home.

Richard was a member of the Pottstown Police Officers Association, Fraternal Order of Police, the Pottstown Elks Club, and he was an original member of the Pottstown Police Honor Guard. He was an avid runner and also enjoyed playing tennis and basketball and working in his yard. Richard was also actively involved at his church, St. Paul’s, in Stowe. He was also a lifelong Eagles and Phillies fan.

To his family, he was larger than life, never bringing home the problems and stresses he endured during his shifts at work. His grandchildren were so proud of their Pop-Pop for being a Policeman and would always want to see his police car.

His life motto was: “Be safe. Remember to treat everyone as you would want to be treated.”

Surviving along with his loving wife are three daughters: Kelli Myers, wife of Joseph; Kimberlee Stouch, wife of Joshua; and Kayla Leibensperger, wife of James; and five grandchildren: Jordan, Connar, Brenna, Ian, and Quinn.

Along with his parents, Richard was predeceased by his brother, David Rotz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, LLC., 711 N. Franklin St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Interment will follow at the Police and Firefighters Mausoleum in Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Saturday from 9:00-10:45 AM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to one of the following entities: the Pottstown Police Officers Association, PO Box 813, Pottstown, PA 19464; the Pottstown Area Police Athletic League, 146 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464; or to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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Ken and I were so sorry to learn of Richard's passing. We pray for you and your daughters to find peace knowing he was a special man and will likely hold a very special place in heaven.

~ Pam Garlick HEREFORD, PA
6/8/2022 5:17:27 PM

How lucky you two were to have each other…as we all were to call you friends. Two of the best people I ever met. Three great kids…what a run you had. You’ve been a rock, Bonnie. All our best wishes to you. Love, John and Patti Vroman

~ John Vroman
6/4/2022 11:43:47 AM

Bonnie & Family Our deepest condolences . Sincerely. Ray, Pam. Wagner

~ Pamela Wagner
6/4/2022 11:26:03 AM

Bonnie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief. May God comfort you and give you peace.

~ Fritz & Debi Kern DOUGLASSVILLE, PA
6/1/2022 4:47:51 PM

Bonnie an Family. Richard was my friend and Boss for more than 20 years. He steped in to help when needed always and advice when requested. Help was always on its way. God bless Rich.

~ Nick & Donna Yurick
6/1/2022 10:39:15 AM

What a beautiful tribute. Our sincerest condolences. Praying for you all as you grieve.

~ Erin Herndon Fleetwood, PA
6/1/2022 9:17:48 AM

I am deeply sorry for your lose Bonnie and your daughters.i will keep you in my prayers.

~ Ginny galie
6/1/2022 7:38:38 AM

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Darcie Saar Sinking Spring, PA
5/31/2022 11:39:40 PM

Dear Bonnie and Family, My sincere condolences upon the passing of your husband Richard. I was so sorry to hear this. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. Please know that I care. Both you and your family will be in my prayers.

~ Carol Lichtenwalner Huff Limerick, PA
5/31/2022 10:07:37 PM

bonnie and family sorry for your loss. he was a great policemen and friend. i enjoyed working with him.

5/31/2022 7:59:15 PM

Bonnie and Family so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace! Sending Hugs and Prayers!!

~ Judy Walker Pottstown, PA
5/31/2022 6:48:53 PM

My condolences, praying and thinking of you Bonnie and family! So sorry wishing you comfort at this most difficult time ??

~ Amy Coan
5/31/2022 6:40:26 PM

My deepest condolences on your loss. Richard was a police officer to be always trusted. I totally trusted and respected him

~ Steve mizic
5/31/2022 6:40:21 PM

Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

~ Skip & Carol Schwager
5/31/2022 6:18:36 PM

Thinking of you & your family. Lifting you all in prayers. GOD bless!

~ Susan Stouch
5/31/2022 6:02:19 PM