Norman Allen Gunsolley, 72, Winona Lake, passed away at 6:39 a.m. Monday, Dece. 12, 2016 at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake after a four month battle with cancer.
Norman graduated from high school in 1962 in Columbus, Neb. In 1966 he received his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Trinity College, Deerfield, Ill. and earned his Master’s degree from the University of South Dakota in School Administration in 1970.
Before retiring in 2012, Norman had a 46 year long career in education. He had a passion for Christian education and began his career with schools in Illinois. Later he started Community Christian School in Fort Dodge, Iowa and worked there for ten years until moving to Kosciusko County, Indiana in 1987. The last 25 years of his career were spent as the administrator at Warsaw Christian School. He was a former member of the International Association of Christian Schools.
Norman was an active member of Community Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw and served as an Elder, Deacon, and Sunday School teacher. He loved the Lord with all of his heart, soul and mind. He enjoyed camping, gardening, feeding and watching birds, reading and studying his Bible. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing games, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
He was born Jan. 21, 1944 in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Earl Thomas Gunsolley and Marian Frances (Cain) Gunsolley, who survives in Stanton, Nebraska. On June 11, 1966 he married Mary Lou (Beddoe) Gunsolley, who survives in Winona Lake.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary Lou, and mother, Marian, as well as his four daughters: Michelle (fiancé Tim Grusenmeyer), Fort Wayne; Kristine (husband Eric) Bowling, West Chicago, Ill.; Janelle (husband Aaron) Turner, Winona Lake; Lisa (husband Paul) Greunke, Omaha, Neb.; and eleven grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers: Ronald (wife Joanne) Gunsolley, Marquette, Kan.; Timothy (wife Beth) Gunsolley, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his sister: Susanne Kment, Stanton, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be held from 4–7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.
His funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Community Grace Brethren Church, 909 S. Buffalo Street, Warsaw and officiated by Pastor Roy Chapin. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorial donations in Norman’s name may be directed to Warsaw Christian School, 909 S. Buffalo Street, Warsaw, Indiana or to Community Christian School, 2406 9 1/2 Avenue South, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 and would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s Web Site at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com