Norman Crawford Roessing, of Findlay, passed away on Wednesday evening, March 15, 2017 at The Heritage. He was born on December 26, 1934 in Napoleon, Ohio, to the late Ferdinand H. Roessing and Bernadine (Crawford) Roessing. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Earl Roessing and a sister, Mary Irene Funkhouser.
He married Carol (Germann) Roessing on June 29, 1963 and she survives along with their two daughters: Jennifer (Thomas) Weissling of Delaware, OH, and Julie (Heath) Yeater of Dublin, OH; six grandchildren: Alexandra, Andrew, and Amanda Weissling; Grant, Mitchell, and Sarah Yeater; and a niece, Andrea Henne of Hutchinson, Kansas.
After graduating from Napoleon High School in 1952, Norm attended BGSU, The Roy C. Brown Music School in Chicago, where he studied percussion, and the Embry Riddle School of Aviation, where he earned both private and commercial pilot’s licenses. After serving two years in the U.S Army, he enrolled in the Ohio State University and completed his BFA Degree in Interior Design in 1962. He was employed by the Columbus Blank Book Co. from 1962-1967, and then joined the Facilities Planning Dept. at Marathon Oil Co. in Findlay, until his retirement in 1994. He was also an owner of Roessing-Henne Farms LLC in Henry County.
Norm was a member of First Lutheran Church (serving on the Property Committee for many years), ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), and the Flying Circuits Model Airplane Club.
He had many interests… he enjoyed traveling, playing tennis, and photography, but his passions were flying and drumming! After piloting private planes during his early adult years, he became an avid modeler, spending hours building and flying RC model airplanes. His love of drumming started when he was in elementary school, introduced to it by his brother Earl, who was a drummer in the high school band. Over the years he played with dance bands and jazz combos wherever he lived. In Findlay, Norm was active in the percussion sections of the Findlay Civic Concert Band, the Findlay Civic Jazz Band, and the U of F Jazz Band. In the 90’s he and Carol traveled with the Flag City USA Band, directed by Jack Taylor, on their concert tours to Australia/New Zealand and Europe. What a thrill it was to play at the Sydney Opera House!
Norm was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. The children’s sports activities and family gatherings were an important part of his life. He will be sadly missed.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. at KIRKPATRICK-BEHNKE Funeral Home, 500 Lima Ave. The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 109 East Lincoln St.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St., or the Jack and Patricia Taylor Instrumental Music Scholarship Endowment Fund, in care of the University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St., or Flying Circuits, in care of Jim Breyman, 19491 Co. Rd. 216, Arcadia, OH 44804.
Online condolences may be sent via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.
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