OBITUARY

Daniel Rossman

September 29, 1923June 23, 2014

Daniel Rossman USAF Retired Loving Husband and Father, Patriot

Daniel Rossman, 90, of Roswell, GA passed away on June 23, 2014 after a brief illness. Dan was born September 29, 1923 in Philadelphia to Austrian immigrants Hyman and Nettie Langberg Rossman.

From a very early age, Dan’s passion was flying. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dan was extremely anxious to serve his country as an airman. In early 1942, he was accepted into the Army Air Corps flight training program. Dan’s wartime hero was General Jimmy Doolittle, and like Doolittle, Dan eventually became a B-25 pilot.

In all, Dan flew 59 bombing missions throughout the southwest Pacific and Philippine Islands. He survived six crash landings. Dan received numerous commendations for bravery, and at 22 years of age returned home a decorated war hero. He remained an active USAF Reservist based at Willow Grove (PA) NAS, flew C-130s during the balance of his military career, and retired as a Lt. Colonel.

Dan married Sylvia Liscovitz in 1948, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last September with family and friends. Dan’s civilian jobs included engineering and program management positions at Piaseki Helicopter Corp. and General Electric (Re-Entry Division), both in Philadelphia. During his 29 years at GE, Dan’s expertise was instrumental in several high profile space programs, including the Corona, Viking and Mariner programs. Dan retired from GE in 1983. He and Sylvia relocated to Roswell in 1988 to be closer to family.

Dan’s passion for flying led him to become a lifelong radio-controlled hobbyist. For over 40 years, Dan built and flew almost every type of plane. He absolutely loved flying, tinkering in his workshop, and mentoring those new to the hobby. His favorite planes were those named for his grandchildren!

Dan was pre-deceased by his parents and a brother, Ivan. He is survived by his loving family - wife, Sylvia; daughters Lynn (Mark) Gunzenhauser of Dacula, GA and Hope (Paul) Bloom of Castle Rock, CO; beloved grandchildren Steven (Laurel) Gunzenhauser of Charlotte, NC and Nancy Gunzenhauser, Esq. of New York, NY; special cousin Jonathan (Jill) Langberg, MD of Atlanta, GA; 2 nieces and a nephew.

Memorial service to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, Roswell, GA 30076. Inurnment at the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation (www.schistoricaviation.org) or Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 26, 2014

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Inurnment will be held in the columbarium of, Reception to follow the service at the funeral home
REMEMBERING

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July 4, 2014

Dan.. you will be sorely missed. I have always considered you as one of my best friends. I still do n't know the name of those "whatyoumaycallits" and you never let me forget. All of our love to our former Plymouth Meeting best friends The Rossmans" You and your family will forever be in our prayers, Kay and Jack Pugliese

Ron Shelton

June 30, 2014

Our very Best Wishes as you move on to life without Poppa. He was such a Blessing to all who knew him. Shelton Family

irene rev.21:4

June 26, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Yvonne and Larry Bloom

June 26, 2014

Our most heartfelt condolences and loving support go out to the entire Rossman family. We fondly remember many special times we shared with Dan as his soul now soars with the eagles.

Rex Briant

June 26, 2014

Dan was a foundational member and friend to our flying club (GMA). His personality, service and passion has made a lasting imprint into so many lives over the years at Georgia Model Aviators. Dan will be deeply missed by so many. Grateful for his life and service to our nation.

The GMA membership.

Burt Gunter

June 25, 2014

Sylvia, May Daniel continue to have wind beneath his wings, and VFR FLIGHT, Shalom, My friend, John Burton Gunter, Col. USAR-Ret. aka Burt

Christine Billies

June 25, 2014

Sylvia and Dan were the first real friends Bob and I made when we moved to Georgia 16 years ago. They became like family. Losing Dan is losing part of my chosen family. My deepest sympathy to Sylvia, her close family, and all his friends who will miss him terribly.

June 25, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers to Sylvia and the rest of the family. Soar on Dan!
Love,
Kevin, Marcy, Miller and Harris Menetre

Ingard Clausen

June 25, 2014

Dan, my friend and colleague, you will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to Sylvia and the entire Rossman Family.

June 24, 2014

Much love and sympathy to Sylvia and family. I and all of us at Georgia Ensemble Theatre will miss Danny very, very much!

Bob Farley