Stephen Rosputni Jr. of Orchard Park, a retired educator and State Parks Police officer, died Tuesday in Lakewood Health Care Center. He was 85.
Born in Simpson, Pa., he moved to the Buffalo area with his family during childhood.
Mr. Rosputni was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He served in the Army during World War II as a member of the 78th Engineer Battalion from 1943 to 1946.
Mr. Rosputni earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Buffalo and his master's in education from Buffalo State College. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity.
He later earned an associate's degree in political science from Erie Community College to pursue a career as an officer with the Niagara Frontier State Parks Police.
He worked as an educator in the Buffalo Public Schools during the school year and a Niagara Frontier State Parks Police officer during the summers from 1962 to 1992, when he retired from both jobs.
Mr. Rosputni began his career in education as a sixth-grade teacher at School 26. He also taught at School 6 and later served as an assistant principal at several schools, including School 6, School 37, Lorraine Academy and School 78, from which he retired in 1992.
Mr. Rosputni was involved in several rescues during his tenure as a Niagara Frontier State Parks Police officer. In 1966, he received the William O. Stillman Award for helping to rescue a dog from the Niagara River in Niagara Falls.
His wife of 45 years, Regina Burchalewski Rosputni, died in 1994.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan Weber, and a son, Stephen III.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in Blessed John XXIII Catholic Church, Harlem Road and Arcade Street, West Seneca.