Carl Leroy Rotz, Sr.

Born: Wed., Jul. 23, 1930
Died: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory


12:30 PM Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Location: Longsdorf Cemetery


1:15 PM Mon., Nov. 13, 2017

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Carl Leroy Rotz, Sr.

Loved His Family -

Carl Leroy Rotz, Sr., age 87, of Mechanicsburg, and formerly of Newville and Carlisle, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, after living a very fulfilled life.  Carl was born on Wednesday, July 23, 1930 in Carlisle to the late Bruce Rotz, Sr. and Carrie (Gelsinger) Rotz.  In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by his son, Carl “Rocky” Rotz, Jr.; his three brothers: Irvin Rotz, Bruce Rotz, Jr., Glenn Rotz; and his six sisters: Ida Green, Lela Farner, Katie George, Carrie Jumper, Pauline Starner, Martha Yorletts.

Carl’s survivors include his companion of 45 years, Janet Vogelsong; his six children: Nancy Barkley of Carlisle, Donald Rotz and wife, Deborah, of Carlisle, Cathy Odell and husband, Stuart, of Mechanicsburg, Joy Lentz and husband, Michael, of Newville, Joyce Rotz and husband, Michael Chambers, of Shermansdale, Star Rotz of Mechanicsburg; his daughter-in-law, Michele Rotz of Shermansdale; his 13 grandchildren; his 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Carl was a self-employed excavator as well as a former truck driver and race car driver.  He loved horses and was a past member of Bonny Brook Riding Club and of Racing Old Timers Club.  Carl enjoyed watching any type of racing, especially NASCAR.  He was known as the king of storytelling at the Morning Coffee Club.  This was a group of friends who got together often for breakfast.  The most important thing to him was his family.  He cherished the time he got to spend with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his whole family will miss him dearly.

All are welcome to join Carl’s family at his viewing on Monday, November 13, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Major John Riley and Major Alma Riley officiating.  Burial will follow in Longsdorf Cemetery in Mechanicsburg.  Carl’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at the New Kingstown Fire Company, 277 North Locust Point Road, New Kingstown, PA 17072, following the burial.

Contributions in celebration of Carl’s life can be made to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111,

Carl’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Carl’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, and sign his official guest book at

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Donna Deatrick
   Posted Wed November 08, 2017
Sending love and prayers to all the family....and sending loving prayers and thoughts to each of you... I have lots of memories of Uncle Carl and my Dad.. your Uncle Bruce...from way back as kid.... they could be a pair.... there life wasn’t easy as kids...from some of the stories...but they were lucky to have each other as brothers....God BLess....Donna

Vic and Sandy Miller
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
We are very sorry to hear of Carl's passing. Our condolences to all of the family. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

megan keaton
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
So sorry to hear this! Thinking of you all and sending prayers your way!

Georgann Flora
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. I didn’t know your father but by the video I could tell he loved his family he seem like a very wonderful man. May God give you peace and strength at this time.

Shirley Martin
   Posted Thu November 09, 2017
So sorry to hear of Uncle Carl's passing. He had a giving heart to everyone. I remember when Jerry and I were young and struggling and our water pump quit working. He came and dug the well cap off and installed the new pump. He would not take a penny for all his work. He said we are family and family helps family. This is the generosity he showed to his friends and family. He will be missed! May God Bless you and give you peace.

Mary Kuhn
   Posted Fri November 10, 2017
Joyce and Family
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim and Connie McHugh
   Posted Sat November 11, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Lisa Martin Smith
   Posted Sun November 12, 2017
Saddened for your loss. I remember going to visit Carl when I was little with my grandmother, Carl’s sister Lela. I always liked going along when she would visit her family. The video tribute was special to watch and be able to see the pictures of my grandmother’s family that I miss. Praying for comfort and sending you my sympathy.
Lisa Martin Smith

Brenda Durham
   Posted Sun November 12, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about carl. He will be greatly and prayers for you and your family

Bonny Brook Riding Club, INC
   Posted Mon November 13, 2017
So sorry to hear about the loss of Carl Rotz SR. We just learned of his passing Monday evening at a Club meeting. We are so sorry we miss the services today, to represent The Bonny Brook Riding Club. My God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Till we meet again, Happy Trails.

Paul and Judy Lewis
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
We were saddened to learn of Carl's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn his loss. Cherish your memories of him and keep him in your hearts.

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