Thief steals from man on his death bed

By Sara Story - bio | email

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas family is looking for the person who stole from their father while he was on his death bed. Authorities said more than $10,000 worth of auto parts were taken from John Rosier's salvage yard on Anderson County Road 2202, and it all happened after the 66-year-old was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in May. Rosier died Monday.

The salvage yard served as a part-time business for Rosier. He loved cars and wanted to help people find affordable parts. His family said these parts were taken from him while he was at his weakest.

"It takes a lot of your heart to know that someone would come when a man is on his death bed, who had been a pillar in his community as long as my father has, and take from him with no remorse," Rosier's son Shannon Rosier said.

Shannon said his dad was well known in the Palestine community and left a legacy behind. Rosier retired from Columbia National Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine and was a founding member of the West Side Volunteer Fire Department.

"He never turned his back on his community, and that's what he has instilled in everybody that's with West Side," West Side Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kyle Betterton said.

"Daddy was a stern man, but he was always honest. He was always fair. His integrity was never in question or doubt, and he was always loving and giving to not only his family, but his community," Shannon said.

His family said radiators were stripped from the cars and taken from inside a van in the salvage yard.

"I've been in this business, and I see an awful lot of ugliness. So, no, it doesn't surprise me that someone would do something like that. It's horrible," Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said.

"If anyone knows who did this to such a giving and caring person, help bring that person to justice and tell what you know to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department, please," Shannon said.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Department said they are working on leads but are not ready to release the names of any suspects.

The Rosier family asked anyone who wants to make a donation in honor of John to make it out to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Palestine or the West Side Volunteer Fire Department.

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