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Russell J. Rossman

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Col. Russell J. Rossman, Retired December 10, 1923 September 16, 2013 Col. Russell J. Ross- man, Sr., 89, of State College, passed from this life on Sept. 16, 2013, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born on Dec. 10, 1923, in Millheim, Russell was a son of the late Ray Russell Rossman and Helen Catherine Colyer Rossman. On Nov. 9, 1946, he was united in marriage to Phyllis E. Brungart, who preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 2006. Russell was a 1941 graduate of East Penns Valley High School. After graduation, he began work at Martin Marietta in Baltimore, Md. Russell enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June of 1942. He was co-pilot of the B-17 "Star Dust", flying 35 missions in World War II. He flew another 7 missions in the Korean War. Russell furthered his education while serving, receiving a B.S. from the University of Maryland and his Master's of Commerce from the University of Richmond. Russell proudly served his country for 31 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1973 as a Colonel. After retiring from the military, Russell was employed at Penn State as an Assistant University Internal Auditor, retiring from that position in 1990. He was a member of the Park Forest Village United Methodist Church in State College, the American Legion Keystone Post # 444 in Millheim, the State College Lions Club, the Order of Daedalians, and the 388th Bomb Group Association. He enjoyed hunting,fishing and spending time with his family. Russell had a unique sense of humor and was a great storyteller, often entertaining family and friends with stories of his adventures from his youth and time spent in the military. Russell is survived by two sons, Russell J. Rossman, Jr., of State College and Ronald J. Rossman, Sr. (Susan), of Pennsylvania Furnace; five grandchildren, Ronald J. Rossman, Jr. (Emily), William J. Rossman (Jennifer), Michael J. Rossman, Steven R. Rossman (Laura) and Megan R. Rossman. Also surviving are five great grandchildren, Nolan, Emily, Lily, Hudson and Maya Rossman. Russell was the last of his generation. In addition to his wife, Russell was preceded in death by siblings, Elizabeth Rossman Smith, Virginia Kane Boob, and Franklin and Dean Rossman. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at the Steven R. Neff Funeral Home in Millheim. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at the Park Forest Village United Methodist Church, 1833 Park Forest Avenue in State College with Pastor Lee Ellenberger officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service. Russell will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Millheim with full military honors. Contributions in memory of Russell may be given to the Memorial Fund, c/o Park Forest Village U.M.C., 1833 Park Forest Avenue, State College, PA 16803. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Centre Daily Times on Sept. 18, 2013
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