Services for Stanley Rothstein, 79, of Copperas Cove, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove. Burial will follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. A time of gathering for family, friends and loved ones will take place at the Master Sergeant Military Center in Harker Heights following the burial.

Mr. Rothstein died Aug. 10, 2013, peacefully in his sleep. He was born July 21, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

At the early age of 17, he joined the Marines, thereby beginning a long career dedicated to serving his country. He served in the Marines, the Army and the Army National Guard until 1988, at which time he retired.

During his military career, Mr. Rothstein served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was a highly decorated serviceman, receiving many medals including two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, and Army Commendation Medal.

Following his military career, Stanley worked briefly as a longshoreman in Texas. However, he soon returned to a position of service as a sheriff officer in Bell County and later as a fireman at Fort Hood and Copperas Cove. He developed a strong passion for being a firefighter and was proud of his public service. He retired from the Fort Hood Fire Department after 25 years of service, but continued to support the community in a volunteer role.

He was a proud member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the American Legion Post 223, and the Veterans of Foreign War Post. He volunteered at the VA hospital in Temple and for the Copperas Cove Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association from which he received commendations for his support.

He was a fun-loving soul. He loved to joke, laugh and tell stories. His desire to conjure up nicknames never ceased. He was a “Wheel of Fortune” devotee, never missing a show. He was a dog-lover and spoke of his pets often. Most of all, he loved his family and his friends.

Mr. Rothstein was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Fannie Mark Rothstein; and his sister, Shirley Winter.

Survivors include his wife, Matsuko, of 27 years; his brother, Martin Rothstein of New York; his sisters, Rosalyn Brunwasser and Sylvia Bryant of Florida; his stepchildren, Daniel Cox, Akiko Flores, Linda Webb, Shannon Sturgeon and their spouses, all of Austin; his daughters, Laurie Rothstein and Janet Rothstein of New York; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove is in charge of arrangements.

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