The city of Dublin said goodbye to one of its sons as hundreds gathered for the funeral of Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, 36, a Dublin resident and a 1994 graduate of Dublin High School, who was killed April 4 in Afghanistan.

The city of Dublin said goodbye to one of its sons as hundreds gathered for the funeral of Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, 36, a Dublin resident and a 1994 graduate of Dublin High School, who was killed April 4 in Afghanistan.

Students from Dublin Coffman High School, some of whom were not yet born when Rozanski walked its hallways, lined fences along Emerald Parkway as the funeral procession wound from Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, in Powell, to Dublin Cemetery.

Students placed yellow plastic cups inside the fence to spell out Rozanski's name.

In a series of eulogies during a Mass of Christian burial at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, friends and family members recounted nicknames Rozanski had assigned, including those for his wife, Jennifer, their two daughters – 4-year-old Emma and 18-month old Anna – and his younger brothers, Alex, a U.S. Marine who served in Ohio's Lima Company, and Keith.

Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, the adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, bestowed a Purple Heart medal to Mrs. Rozanski during the Mass.

Alex and Keith Rozanski both spoke at the Mass, where Nicholas' love for his family, soccer, Ohio State University football, and service to his country provided moments of tears and laughter.

At graveside services for Rozanski, an honor guard fired rifles and a bugler sounded taps.

Four mounted Columbus police officers rode horses past Rozanski's casket while leading a fifth horse with no rider, symbolic of the loss of Rozanski.

A bagpiper played Amazing Grace to conclude services, after which many mourners approached Rozanski's casket to say personal and final goodbyes.

Rozanski was one of three Ohio National Guard soldiers killed April 4 when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device, killing 13 people near a park in Maimanah, the capital city of the Faryab province, in far northern Afghanistan.

Also killed was Sgt. 1st Class Shawn T. Hannon, 44, of Grove City, and Jeffrey J. Rieck, 46, of Northwest Columbus. Both men were posthumously prompted to the rank of Master Sergeant.

All three men were members of the 37th Infantry Brigade Team of the Ohio Army National Guard and part of "Operation Enduring Freedom."
The 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is comprised of about 2,500 troops from Ohio and Michigan.

The team was training members of the Afghanistan National Army and the Afghanistan National Police to use radios for improved communication.

The unit was traveling between government buildings with radios, and passing through a park, when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle, detonated an IED.

Rozanski, a graduate of Dublin High School, graduated from Ohio State University in 1999.

He enlisted in the Ohio National Guard in 2003 and had been deployed to Kosovo in 2004, and to Kuwait and Iraq in 2007.

In his civilian life, Rozanski worked at the Defense Supply Center Columbus, in Whitehall.

Family members said Rozanski loved soccer and competed in marathons, but most importantly mentored soldiers and was a devoted husband, father, brother and son.

Rozanski is survived by his wife, Jennifer; daughters, Anna and Emma; mother, Pam Mitchell, of Dublin; father, Jan Rozanski, of Dublin; and brothers, Keith, of California, and Alex, of Marysville.

Jan Rozanski is a building inspector for the Dublin. He served as mayor of Dublin from 1989 to 1993.

Alex Rozanski works for the Dublin Department of Parks and Open Space.