Frank Roman was a quiet, take-charge man who enjoyed participating in community activities and believed in doing the right thing, said his son, Frank Roman Jr.
“He always taught us to do the right thing,” he said. “He was always someone you could go to with a question or for advice. He was a mentor for a lot of people.”
Frank Roman, 88, of Miller, died June 18. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Roman.
He worked for the Trust Department of Gary National Bank and earned his law degree from Indiana University. He was involved in numerous civic organizations.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 83rd Infantry Division of the 9th Army as a forward spotter for tank destroyers. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a 1950 graduate of Wabash College, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He enjoyed telling old sports stories.
He was proud of the fact his 93-yard punt return was a Wabash College record until it was tied in 2005, his son said.
Roman’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe, and both of them passed away by the time he was 17. He then was drafted into the war and saw horrific things, his son said.
“He learned early how to proceed and go on with things,” he said.
He always was willing to take charge and help, whether it be with the Gary Old Timers banquet or sitting on the Marquette Park United Methodist Church board.
“He was honored to be a part of things,” he said. “He enjoyed doing good things for his community.”