Frank Vincent Roman
age 88 of Miller, passed away June 18, 2013. He was a multi-sport athlete in school and graduated from Emerson High School, Class of 1943. He served in the US Army in the 83rd Infantry Division of the 9th Army during WWII as a forward scout for Tank Destroyers, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Frank graduated from Wabash College in 1950 where he played baseball, basketball and football. He was named Little All American in football and inducted into Wabash's Athletic Hall of Fame. His record for the longest punt return of 93 yards was just tied in 2005.
In 1951 he married former Emerson schoolmate, Shirley Groves. He earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1953 and practiced law for several years before joining the Trust Department of Gary National Bank. He was active in many civic and professional activities. He served as President of the Gary Bar Association, member of the Gary Police Civil Service Commission and chairman of the Mayor's Safety Commission. He was also president of the local Lions Club, served on the Miller Citizen's Corporation, Marquette Park United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and as legal advisor to the Salvation Army. He also chaired the Gary Old Timer's banquet for many years.
Frank stayed active in sports of all kinds and enjoyed coaching his children and grandchildren, and was a Bears season ticket holder.
Frank is survived by his wife, Shirley; son Frank Roman, Jr., daughter Meg Roman; and grandchildren Leah and Shelby.
Friends may visit with Frank's family on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 701 E. 7th St., Hobart, IN. Funeral Service will be Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Marquette Park United Methodist Church, 215 N. Grand Boulevard, Gary (Miller), IN 46403. Rev. Sharon Baker officiating. Contributions may be made to the Miller Community Fund, specifically for Marquette Park Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 2573, Gary, IN 46403 or Marquette Park United Methodist Church. http://www.burnsfuneral.com