Remembering Past F.O.P. Members

We pay tribute to our Brothers and Sisters whom we have lost.  They will always hold a special place in our hearts and we will keep their memory alive with our future members.


Stephen Rezutko

 Dec. 1, 1940 - Feb. 5, 2019

ELKHART, IN - Stephen Rezutko, 78, of Elkhart, passed away at his home on February 5, 2019. He was born December 1, 1940 in South Bend to Joseph and Velma (Gerschoffer) Rezutko.

He grew up in South Bend, moving to Elkhart at the age of 14. He graduated from Elkhart High School. After serving in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne, he worked in the Mobile Home Industry. In 1969 he became a Police Officer with the Elkhart Police Dept. He retired from there in 2001 after 32 years of service. Steve did not like to be idle and his retirement lasted one week before he took a position at the St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend. He retired from there in May of 2018. Once again, retirement did not agree with him. He began working as a grounds keeper with the Elkhart City Parks Department at Ideal Beach, which led to him becoming a Park Ranger in August, until his death.

On August 11 of 1990 in Elkhart, Steve married Diana Wilfert of Edwardsburg and they made their home in Elkhart.

Steve enjoyed many sports throughout his life, his two favorites being ND football and ND women's basketball, which he followed closely. He coached girls junior varsity and varsity basketball at Edwardsburg High School for several years and greatly enjoyed those times.

Steve is survived by Diana, his wife of 29 years; his daughter-in-law, Donna Rezutko of Elkhart; sons, David (Twila) Rezutko of Tampa, FL and Matthew Rezutko; and daughter Kimberly Rezutko, both of Elkhart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George Gerschoffer and Joseph Rezutko; a sister, Doris Jorge; and his son, Geoffrey S. Rezutko.

Cremation has taken place. There will be an Open House to celebrate Steve's life at his home in Elkhart on March 16, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 PM. It was his wish that family and friends gather for food and drink. He wanted all to “Hoist a Drink and Tell Stories”.

He will be missed by many!

Arrangements are by the Paul E. Mayhew Funeral Home, Edwardsburg, MI. 


Robert W. "Bob" Crise

ELKHART: Robert W. “Bob” Crise, 74, passed away Monday evening, February 11, 2019, at his home, after an extended illness. He was born on October 4, 1944, in Nappanee to the late Cleo W. and Esther E. (Wade) Crise. Along with his parents, a brother, Rev. Ira L. Crise, and sisters, Ruth Waggoner and Esther May Collins preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Bonnie L. Crise, married February 27, 1988 in Elkhart; his children, Loreena (Raymond) Storer, James E. Crise; step-daughter LuWella (Joseph) Allmon; 4 grandchildren, Cara McMenamin, Nathan, Thomas and Andrew Storer; 1 great granddaughter Evelyn McMenamin; 4 step-grandchildren, Kimberly (Jonathan) Campbell, Joseph “Joey”, Joshua, and Lydia Allmon; brothers, Carl R. (Madonna) Crise, Joseph P. (Alicia) Crise, John (Norma) Crise, and  sisters, Virginia E. (Marvin) Trost, Mary (Robert Frost) Johnson.

Bob was sworn into the Elkhart Police Department with a unit number of 55 on January 1, 1969, and retired July 1, 1999. He held the ranks of Lieutenant in the Services Division and Sergeant in the Uniform Division, was a firearms instructor, training officer, SWAT member, an armorer, and a member of FOP #52. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was a member of Whosoever Will Worship Center. Bob graduated from Elkhart High School in 1965. At retirement, he also completed a tool & die program at EACC and graduated with a BA in General Studies from IUSB.

Services celebrating Bob’s life will begin at 11:00 am Monday, February 18, 2019, at Billings Funeral Home, with visitation for one hour prior. Burial will follow at Little Pine Cemetery, Goshen.

 Family and friends may gather from 2-6 pm Sunday, February 17, at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Elkhart. A flag presentation by the Elkhart Police Department will be conducted at 2:00 pm. Please visit the funeral home website to share a condolence with the family. 


John A. Zemlicka

Mr. John A. Zemlicka, 91, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully while visiting his son at Woodland Manor Nursing Facility on Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm.

He was born in Ft. Madison, IA on Feb. 12, 1928 to the late John and Agatha Zemlicka and is also preceded in death by his spouses Lee (Stouder) and Patricia (Stellick) Zemlicka.

Surviving is his son, David.

In accordance with his wishes, no services have been planned and cremation is to take place. Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services are assisting the family.

John served in the Army during the Korean War and later spent nearly 22 years with the Elkhart Police Department. He also was a real estate deputy for the Osolo Township Assessor’s office for nearly 10 years as well.