Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Night Policeman Orville E. Rosenstengel

Vandalia Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, November 19, 1960

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Reflections for Night Policeman Orville E. Rosenstengel

Evil can't take away the kind of man you are. Rest in peace sir you earned it. You will never be forgotten

Fellow citizen

November 19, 2022

Rest in peace Night Policeman Rosenstengel.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 5, 2022

My grandmothers brother. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice! With much love and gratitude!

Granddaughter of your sister.
Granddaughter of your sister Margaret.

July 25, 2020

The police department will always remember the tragedy of your death and will continue to honor your ultimate sacrifice by working diligently to protect and serve the community you once called home.

Officer William H. Barger #213
Vandalia Police Department

May 15, 2018

Policemann Rosenstengel
Thank you for your service to the people in your community.
R.I.P Sir!

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit

February 23, 2018

I recently spoke with your son and learned the story of your sacrifice. May you rest in peace. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Tpr. S.B. #315

January 12, 2013

I never got to meet Grandpa. He was killed before I was born, but I have heard so much about him. I know my mom was devestated when Grandpa was killed. She says it was the worst day of her life. Whenever the anniversay of his death rolls around, she grieves. I will retell a story that my mom told me: Grandpa was so kind. He would give anyone the shirt off his back. There was a young couple traveling through town one day, and they had car trouble. They had no money to fix their car. It cost $50.00 to fix their car. Grandpa gave them the money to fix their car. The couple said they would repay him, and asked for Grandpa's address. I can imagine the thoughts that went through Grandpa's head. His own family had needs. He was by far NOT a rich man. He and his wife both had health issues, and he still had 2 teenaged boys to feed. Anyway, on the day of Grandpa's funeral, a letter arrived. It was $50.00 from the couple. Grandma sure needed that money. She never got any compensation for Grandpa's accident. The police department wouldn't pay Grandpa's family anything because they said that he should not have gone out on that call since he was off duty.Also, authorities said that he crossed the county line to go to that house. The house was like 50 feet from the county line.) My grandma hired a lawyer, but he did not try very hard to help her. Grandma got no death benefits at all for Grandpa's death, even though he was serving his country, community and fellow man.

Tina Pickett
Grand daughter

June 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Reading the reflections left by your family members made me cry for I know both the pride and pain are forever. You were a good man who left a legacy of selflesness and service. The earth was graced with your presence.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

November 19, 2011



July 17, 2008

think you for serving our country your in our thoughts

Breanna Durrett
Great Granddaughter

April 22, 2008

I was 18, just out of high school. This was on a Saturday night. I left town on a date after the family finished dinner. Dad was sitting there with his overhauls on with a grin on his face. I was going to a picture show in Mexico Mo. That was the last time I saw Dad. When I got home people was everywhere, no place to park. I got out of car, no one said anything, I rushed into house and saw mom crying with people around her. I asked what was wrong, Has anybody called Dad, no one answered, I went out side and Cheif of Police told me what happen, and handed me the keys to our car. I was just getting to know dad as a man. I was lost for about a year, no one to turn to, I did not know what to do. I sure wished I had more time with him. Dad was not a police officer to teenagers, he was there to help. If we got in trouble he would sit down and talk to them. The teens did not get in any serious trouble they thought to much of dad. I have seen teens pull up to his police car and visit night after night just talking. He would give his last dollar to someone if they were in need. I saw him do it. One time he caught a runway teenager, instead of sending him off, dad brought him home and he lived with us until his parents could get him. It was 2 weeks I sure miss him dad. There is alot more to tell, but I better stop. Thanks Neal

Neal Rosenstengel

December 11, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 27, 2007

I will never forget that saturday night when my dad received the phone call from the Hanson's reporting that a man was at their house trying to break in. I was in my room studyng when my dad was at the front door about to leave but before he left he turned around an looked at me for the longest time as to say goodbye son,I am not coming back home. Later, that awful knock on the door from two police officers. They did not have to say a thing as they stood there quitely in front of my mom. My mom did all the talking before passing out on the floor. I was only 15 years old at the time but during that short period of time i saw my dad do a lot of wonderful things for people. He was truley a good man and he left a wonderful legacy for his family.

Warren Rosenstengel
youngest son

December 24, 2006

I never knew my father-in-law, you see he was killed when I was only 11. From all the newspaper articles and talking with people who knew him, he was a great man. I know through others that he had great moral values and loved his family. A trait he passed on to his son, my husband. He would be proud of all his children, grandchildren, and great-children. We love you!

Charlotte Rosenstengel

September 3, 2006

Every Officer deserves to be remembered. Rest in Peace, Brother.


June 22, 2005

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