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Norman J. Gerstner, 84, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:23 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Shawnee Manor.
He was born on Jan. 16, 1930, to Joseph and Marie (Gehrlich) Gerstner, who preceded him in death.
In 1952, he married Mary “Kitty” Steinke and she survives in Wapakoneta.
Survivors also include four children, Deb (Neal) Blank, Todd (Linda) Gerstner, Brenda (Doug) Bradford and Nanette (Ron) Klaus, all of Wapakoneta; six grandchildren, Nick (Sara) Gerstner, Dana (Jason Hillard) Gerstner, Jacob (Devon) Blank, Samuel Blank, Heather Bradford and Gabe Klaus; three great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Lauren and Ryan Gerstner; two sisters, Dorothy Pfenning and Joan Hansard; two sisters-in-law, Helen and Mary Gerstner; and a brother-in-law, Jack Driscoll.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Roland “Bud” and Robert Gerstner; two sisters, Alice Driscoll and Jane Titus; and three brothers-in-law, Cliff Titus, Paul Pfenning and Ray Hansard.
Norman enlisted with the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was an electrician at Excello for 17 years and retired from Dana Corp. He enjoyed all sports and was a basketball player in his younger years. He enjoyed watching football and was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He was a member of the American Legion Post #330 and St. Joseph Catholic Church. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rev. Patrick Sloneker will be officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with military rites being performed by the V.F.W. Post #8445. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, in Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Joseph Church Renovation Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at schlosserfuneralhome.com.