William (Bill) Rossman
Oct. 9, 1923 — Jan. 4, 2015
William (Bill) Rossman of Nashotah passed away at home on January 4, 2015, at
the age of 91 years. On October 9, 1923, he was born in Racine, and resided
in Racine for 88 years. He lived in Nashotah for the past three years.
He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Alice (Potenziani) Rossman, and a daughter
and son-in-law, Pamela Hanson Melugin and Michael Melugin. He is survived by
nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Bill enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, which subsequently became the Air
Force. He was a waste gunner on a B-24, which was shot down over Verona, Italy
(the City of Love) on Valentine’s Day in 1944. He risked his own life to save
one of his comrades from their burning plane. He was later awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross by Congressman Paul Ryan for his courage and personal
risk to save his comrade’s life. He was subsequently captured by the Germans
and spent two years as a prisoner of war. He survived the Black March and two
years later was freed from a German camp by General Patton and his tanks. He
returned to the United States for rehabilitation. After recuperating, he entered
officer training at San Antonio, Texas, Lackland Airforce Base. He became a
second lieutenant. He married Alice while stationed at Lackland Airforce Base in
Bill was an assistant manager of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in
Southeastern Wisconsin for 36 years. Bill was an avid golfer and started the
Johnson’s Park Golf Course Men’s Club serving as president for many years.
He was an honorary member of the American Legion. Bill cofounded the Racine Tri
Course Golf Tournament and was the tournament director for 49 years. He attended
St. Catherine’s High School and was later inducted into the St. Catherine’s
Hall of Fame in 2003. Bill was a member of Meadowbrook Country Club for 33 years.
A celebration of life for Bill will be held on Saturday, January 17, at 12:30
p.m. at Meadowbrook Country Club, 2149 N. Green Bay Road, Mount Pleasant. Family
will greet relatives and friends at the Country Club from 10:00 a.m. until the
12:30 service. A reception will follow the service and military rites will be
held at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Bill Rossman Craniofacial and
Shimon Funeral Home, 262-673-9500, is assisting the family. Online condolences
may be found at www.shimonfuneralhome.com.