Harold E. Rohlik

November 14, 1926 ~ July 8, 2021 (age 94)


Harold E.  Rohlik of Brunswick Hills Township passed away July 8, 2021.

He was born in Cleveland November 14, 1926, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1944. He enlisted in the Navy V-12 program through Purdue University, and served aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma City in WW 11.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for NACA, which became NASA, at the Plumbrook Station, and then Lewis Research Center, researching and developing jet propulsion and turbine engines. He was also one of the original group of scientists and engineers who developed the Space Shuttle main engines.  His name is permanently displayed on the Space Shuttle Wall of Fame at the American Space Museum in Titusville, Florida.

He married Eve (Kuzila) in 1950, and moved to Brunswick in 1956. He was very active in the original Brunswick Civic Corporation, Brunswick School Committee, Medina County YMCA, and on moving to Brunswick Hills in 1965, became involved in the Township government, serving as Brunswick Hill Township Trustee from 1972-1993. A lifelong fisherman and strong supporter of land and wildlife conservation, he permanently preserved his family’s land by entering into a conservation easement with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife Eve, brothers Arthur Rohlik and Alan Rohlik, son Jim, and granddaughter Rebecca Tyrpak.  He is survived by brother

Larry (Delores) Rohlik, daughter-in-law Beth (Rohlik) York, his daughter Alice (Greg) Tyrpak, Lynne (Bud) Herrle, grandchildren Sarah Tyrpak, Alex Tyrpak, Jared Herrle, Ben (Megan) Herrle and great grandchild Ryan Herrle, Tim (Sarah) Herrle, and his two closest cat companions, Mickey and Tommy.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Medina County SPCA.

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