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Vincent L. Rothwell

June 9, 2016
Westfield Republican

Vincent L. Rothwell, 91, of Camelot Drive, Westfield, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 surrounded by his family at home in Westfield follow-ing a brief illness.

Vincent was born on March 11, 1925 in West Portland, NY, a son of the late Noah and Mildred (Thomas) Rothwell.

Raised in Mayville and Elm Flats, Vincent was a 1941 graduate of Mayville High School and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, where he trained to be a turret gunner on the B-24 Bomber in Europe. He returned to the U.S. to be trained on the B-29 when he was reassigned to be-come a Personnel Sergeant. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to Mayville, where he met the love of his life, the former Betty Pickard, from Dewittville; they married on October 7, 1946. While back in May-ville, he returned to his pre-war jobs at Klings Fur-niture and Chautauqua Malted Milk Plant. In 1947, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and graduated from Houghton College in 1952 while taking a student charge church in Florence Station, IL. Later, he gra-duated from the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Naperville, Illinois, in 1955. His first assignment as Pas-tor was in Warren, PA, from 1955-1957. In 1957, he reentered the U.S. Army and became an Army Cha-plain and was stationed in Revenna Arsenol, Cleve-land, and then Hawaii with the 25th Division. He was then assigned to Ft. Meyers, Arlington National Cemetery and was honored to have presided over 1,500 soldiers' funerals. In 1968, he was sent to Viet Nam for a year, again with the 25th, and returned to Fort Bel-vior, VA. While in Virginia, he received his Master of Education from the Pres-byterian School of Chris-tian Education and retired from the Military at Ft. McClellan in Alabama as Senior Chaplain, having at-tained the rank of Lt. Colonel following 22 years of service to his country.

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Vincent L. Rothwell

Vince and Betty returned to Westfield in 1984 to en-joy retirement and family. However, Vincent remained active in his cal-ling and assisted at the Westfield United Methodist Church and taught an adult Bible class for many years. He retired from active min-istry after 40 years. A civic-minded person, Vin-cent was on the executive committee of the Chautau-qua County Jail Chaplaincy and was elected a Westfield Village Trustee serving from 1990 until 1994. In 1995, then-Mayor William Christ asked Vince to "fill in" as Village Clerk for 6 months, a request Vincent responded to quickly with a yes! He had also been the Westfield Fire Department Chaplain for many years. Mayor Christ declared Oc-tober 6, 1995 as "Vincent L. Rothwell Day" in the vil-lage of Westfield.

Vincent was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 118, the John W. Rogers Post 327 Ameri-can Legion, and the Wm. P. Jackway Post 6764 VFW, all of Westfield, and was a member of the Erie Confer-ence of the United Metho-dist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth M. (Pickard) Rothwell, his daughter: Lucinda Kolpien of Westfield, NY, and his three sons: Douglas Rothwell of Westfield, Donald Rothwell of Syra-cuse, NY, and Dickson Rothwell of Fayetteville, NY. He is further survived by his 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and by his brother, Keith Rothwell, also of Westfield, NY.

He was preceded in death by his 2 grandsons, David and Jonathan Rothwell, his 3 brothers, Roger, Wayne and Gordon Rothwell, as well as by his sister, Louise Rothwell.

Friends called at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, NY on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. At Vincent's request, all other services were private.

Memorials may be made to the Dewittville-Hartfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 219, Dewittville, NY 14728.

Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send the Rothwell family a message of sympathy, to light a memorial candle or for further information.

 
 
 

 

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