NORMAN 'TOM" INGLIS MAJOR, 91 March 15, 1921 to Feb. 6, 2013 ROSCOE - Norman "Tom" Inglis Major, 91 of Roscoe, formerly of Mount Prospect and raised in River Forest, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Beloit Memorial Hospital, due to natural causes. Norman attended Oak Park High School where he graduated in 1939, and subsequently attended Purdue University where he studied engineering. Following his time at Purdue University, Norman joined the Army Air Force Reserves and applied for and was accepted in the War Training Services ("WTS") program as a pilot and ultimately flight instructor, where his role included primary training and screening of flight cadets for the military. Upon completion of two years in the WTS program and two years active duty state side, Norman left the military and engaged in an extended "free-lance" career that included flight instructing, aviation charter, and crop dusting, where he followed the cotton crop across the south. In 1957, Norman changed careers and joined the construction industry as a project engineer and estimator and continued to work as a part-time flight instructor for the next 30 plus years. Over the balance of his career he worked for a number of general contractors with projects ranging from roads and other infrastructure to the building of the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, and Water Tower Place in Chicago. He met his wife, Bertha "Bea" M. Major (born May 30, 1924; deceased Dec. 18, 2010), in 1950 and and were blessed with 59 years of marriage. They had four children, Mary Anderson, Tom (deceased Oct. 11, 2012) and (Rita) Major, Catherine and (John) Cichon, John and (Glynette) Major; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. He was a devoted husband and father. One of his favorite hymm's was Amazing Grace and scripture was John 3:16. Norman was a long standing member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Mt. Prospect. Service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Forest Home Cemetery, 863 S. Des Plaines Ave., Forest Park, with visitation from 2 p.m. to time of service. Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Rockford Chapel, is honored to have assisted the family. To share a memory or express condolences, visit honquestfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from February 8 to February 9, 2013