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Norman Edward Gatsch Jr.


1921 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Norman Edward Gatsch Jr. Obituary
Gatsch Norman Edward Gatsch, Jr, age 92, 56 year resident of Upper Arlington, Ohio and current resident at the Chelsea in First Community Village, passed away Wednesday afternoon August 20, 2014 at OSU Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Born October 9, 1921 in Evansville, Indiana to the late Norman Edward Gatsch, Sr. and Lucille Kinchell Gatsch. Attended high school in Peoria Illinois, graduating in 1939. Life Member of Peoria Centennial High School Assn. Attended Ohio State University and enlisted in ROTC until he entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. He served active duty in 1943 during WWII with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe. Returned from France in 1946; and married Patricia Kaye Johnson in 1947. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1948. Life Member of OSU Alumni Assn. Served 39 years in the U.S. Army Reserve; retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Life member of the Reserve Officers Assn. and the Military Officers Assn. of America. Retired from Insurance Services Office, Inc in 1983 after 35 years. Life member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. A 75 year member of First Community Church. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patricia Kaye Johnson Gatsch; son, Ted S. Gatsch, (second wife: Darlene Cevik Gatsch and first wife of 37 years: the late, Barbara Day Gatsch); Big Sandy, Texas and daughter, Kathryn "Katie" Lown, (Steven) Hilliard, Ohio; five grandchildren, Brian (Vanessa) and Daniel (Nadia) Gatsch who live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Patrick and Max Lown and Lacey Lown Handford (Matt) all of Hilliard, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Aelyn, Abigail, Seamus, Rory and Devlynn Gatsch; brother, Paul H. Gatsch (Claire) of Upper Arlington, Ohio; and 16 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert H. Gatsch (and his wife Barbara) of Grandview, Ohio. Those who knew him felt he was a really nice guy. He was devoted to his wife, Pat. He will be remembered fondly by friends and family and greatly missed. Memorial service will be held Monday, August 25 at 1 p.m. in the Burkhart Chapel at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd, Columbus, OH 43212. The Reverend James Long will be presiding. There will be a reflection reception afterwards in Brownlee Hall. He will be buried at Union Cemetery on Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute in Norm's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or First Community Church's Camp Akita Fund. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL (614) 457-5481.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 22, 2014
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