Rossberg, Arthur Frank 86, passed away quietly at home in Sarasota with his family beside him after a long courageous battle with cancer. Art was born May 28, 1926 in Great Falls, Montana to Robert & Alice Todd Rossberg. Raised in Conrad, Montana, Art learned to fly a Piper Cub which became his real passion in life achieving his pilot's license at age 16. He later joined the U.S. Army Air Corps serving honorably during World War II in Italy. He returned to Montana where he began a successful career in banking and finance with the Northwestern Bank Company. In 1963 he transferred to Norwest Bancorporation in Minneapolis to develop a mortgage banking business which later became the largest mortgage company in the country. Art retired from Norwest in 1988 as Sr. Vice President in charge of insurance agency operations. Art continued his career as a principal owner of the First Western Bank in Minneapolis as President and CEO for several years. He started the Rossberg Family Scholarship, benefiting the students of Conrad Montana assisting those students who need it most. Art's love for aviation continued his entire life owning various types of single and multi engine aircraft where he served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Auxiliary in Sarasota. Art loved taking family and friends flying, often planning trips around the country enjoying the wonders of the sky. A lifelong member of the Lake Harriet Lodge in Minneapolis, Art loved life whether riding a Harley, boating on the lakes and ocean, white water rafting or telling one of his many jokes, always laughing and keeping a soft heart through the many challenges of life. A very kind and wonderful man, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Preceded in death by his parents, sister Delores Cook, brothers Clifford and Robert Rossberg and step-son Scott Lanier. Art is loved and remembered by his wife, Carol; sister, Marjorie Thaanum, Helena, MT; daughters, Janice Andrus, Half Moon Bay, CA, Karen Walker, St. Barts and Nancy Rossberg, Chaska, MN; step-son, Todd Lanier, Austin, TX; grandchildren, Allie McCann, Half Moon Bay, Jana Andrus, Half Moon Bay, CA, Ryan Andrus, McKinleyville, CA, Paige Walker, St. Barts, Chelsea Holmberg and Ross Holmberg, Chaska, MN and Quinton Lanier, Danville, VA; great-granddaughters, Leela McCann & Adalie McCann, Half Moon Bay, CA. nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. The family will hold a private memorial at a later date. Memorial contributions to Dollars for Scholars, c/o The Rossberg Family Scholarship, P. O Box 787, Conrad, MT 59425.
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.