October 23 , 2014

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Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony Honors Fallen Officer

Highway Dedication Ceremony
Pictured are Officer Orville Rosenstengel's three children (L-R): Neal Rosenstengel, Dolores (Rosenstengel) Hogue and Warren Rosenstengel.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, a memorial highway dedication ceremony was held at the VFW in Vandalia, Mo, to honor the late Officer Orville Rosenstengel.  Officer Rosenstengel was killed on Nov. 19, 1960, while protecting the citizens of his community.  

On that evening, Officer Rosenstengel was having dinner with his family when he received a call about a disturbance.  He grabbed his police cap and badge, but left his gun, and headed to the scene. He later arrested the man causing the disturbance and drove him to Vandalia City Hall in the suspect’s car. When he ordered the man out of the car, the suspect reached for a hidden gun and shot Officer Rosenstengel in the chest, killing him instantly.  Officer Rosenstengel had served with the police department for five years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, two grandchildren, his mother and five siblings.

State Representative Jay Houghton sponsored the bill that named a portion of U.S. Highway 54 near Vandalia in Audrain County “Officer Orville Rosenstengel Memorial Highway.”

The VFW was packed with family, friends and law enforcement officers to honor Officer Rosenstengel. Speakers included Representative Jay Houghton, Captain Gregory Kindle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Captain Larry Brothers of the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird, Ralph Kuda, the mayor of Vandalia and Brian Haeffner, MoDOT Northeast area engineer.  Matt Williams from Senator McCaskill’s office was also in attendance.  Special readings were done by grandchildren and close friends of the family.  The ceremony concluded with a family friend singing a song written about Officer Rosenstengel. 

Some tears were shed and some laughter shared to honor the man they knew as “Rosie”. 

Around the District...

October 8th was a beautiful day for a dinner cruise along the Mississippi River aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, the site for the long-term service awards given to thirty-eight Northeast District employees. Assistant Chief Engineer Kathy Harvey was the guest speaker and thank the employees for their leadership over the years, as well as, their families for allowing them to give time to MoDOT.  A total of 850 years of service received long-term safety awards.

Sprock - 35 Year Safety Award

  Fackler and Glover - 30 year recipients

35 Years of Service: Mark Sprock is pictured with his wife Karen. 40 Year recipient Kurt Spindler is not pictured.

  30 Years of Service: (pictured) Kenny Glover and Ervin Fackler III.
25 Year Recipients   20 Year Recipients
25 Years of Service: (pictured) Terry Hancock, Mary Wilson, Kevin Ross and Jason Miller. Not pictured are Mark Knickerbocker, Gary Peasel and Shannon Thompson.   20 Years of Service: (pictured) Tom Baker, Darin Biegel, Gene Boyles, Joe Collins, Tim Conover, Robert Deters, Mary Drennan, Erin Gruber, Tim Hays, Debbie Lipper, Linley Lipper, Billy Mallett, Debbie Malone, Erik Maninga, Bob Manzke, Randy Muck, Lonny Roberts, Dana Robinson, Holly Throndson, Matt Willing and Teri Zeiger. Not pictured are Simon Begley, Joe Kiser, Mike Laks, David Liebhart, and Rhonda Marsden.

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Marisa Brown-Ellison
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Northeast District


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