Coal City Rick

Richard Roseland
Ann Gill

Coal City lost a longtime community leader with the death of Richard Roseland.
    The town’s mayor for eight years during much of the 1980s, Roseland passed away April 4 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 68.
    In addition to serving as the town’s mayor from 1983 to 1991, Roseland oversaw the village’s finances as a commissioner and remained involved in various community initiatives. His interest in serving his community also found him taking a run for the office of Grundy County Sheriff in 1982.
    It was during his time as mayor that Roseland supported a conversion referendum that transitioned the Coal City Library from a village funded service to a library district.
    Roseland, often referred to as Coal City Rick, was well known throughout the community from his radio talk show, to his days in the grocery business, 15 of those years working at Testa’s IGA where he greeted every customer with a smile and a bit of small talk.
    He was a collector, musician, salesman and sports fan who was often spotted around town in his New York Jets sweater.
    Roseland was a founding member of the Five Guys Awesome Garage Sale. When asked what made it awesome he simply said, “because we are.”
    Held about three times a year in the driveway of Roseland’s home, the events were more of a social gathering for friends and an opportunity for the group that included Rick Coats, Bill Hart, Terry Russell and Ralph Vanderhyden to help out their community as most of the merchandise was given away and a collection was taken for a local charity.
    Of all the things Roseland did in his lifetime, he would tell you the most important was being a family man. A good son, husband, father, brother and uncle.
    He is survived by his wife, Jeannie and their children Amy and Lance Roseland, his mother, Lorene Roseland, brothers Keith and Larry Roseland.
    Roseland was also a friend to many and will be remembered as, “a great guy.”
    His obituary appears in this week’s print and on-line editions.