John Rottinger

Everyone knew his top priority: John was a family man. John’s calming nature put everyone at ease; his family secure in the knowledge he was their protector. He learned early on how to take care of himself and put himself through Drexel, becoming an engineer for Boeing. Coming through the door after a hard day’s work, he’d drop everything to spend some time playing some board games with his kids. Or maybe some video games: their living room had every system. Though he was somewhat impatient and detested lines, he somehow put it all aside when it came to Disney: John took his family just about every year. And if not off to Disney it was Wildwood or Great Adventure. Like most of us, he yelled at his TV when the Phils and Birds were playing. If he had a weakness, it was for cars: he sported a Beemer and a Lexus.

Back before Match and Tinder people had to actually go out into the world to meet mates. But if you rode a motorcycle that helped immensely. John met a pretty girl named Liz while working at McDonalds. Their first date to see “Eyes of Laura Mars” led to nuptials. Their marriage was blessed by 4 boys: Thomas (Michelle), James, Timothy and Christopher. Must be genetic because he was also one of 4: Joseph, the late Robert and Michael (Deb). He is survived by many nieces and nephews., great co-workers and friends.

Come celebrate 56 great years Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday 9-10 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Riverside. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery

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