ALBERT — James J. “Jim” Rossman, 87, longtime Albert, Kansas resident, passed away on Thursday evening, May 5, 2016 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Jim was born on August 29, 1928 at Scipio to John and Agnes (Wolken) Rossman. Jim came to McCracken, Kansas to work on a farm, where he met his future wife, Betty.
He was united in marriage to Betty Ann Basgall on June 22, 1953 at La Crosse. Jim lived in Claflin and Ellinwood before settling in Albert in September of 1957.
He worked for many oil companies in all capacities in the oil patch. Jim owned and operated Rossman Wood for 27 years, cutting and selling tons of firewood in the area. He was a longtime member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Olmitz and a member of the Knights Of Columbus Council 2100 at Olmitz. Jim was also a longtime active member of the Albert Volunteer Fire Department. He loved his numerous and varied livestock, his large gardens and canning, hunting and fishing for channel catfish.
Survivors include one son, Verlyn (and his wife, Kathy) Rossman of Albert; three daughters, Illeen Becker of Chandler, Arizona, Dianna (and her husband, Rod) Cushenbery of Albert and Tammy Rodie of Phoenix, Arizona; six grandchildren, April Deines, Jason Rossman, Shawn Helie, Jeffrey Pivonka, and Evan and Cale Cushenbery; six great-grandchildren, Chyanne and Spencer Deines, Brody and Braylin Rossman, and Johanna and Vienna Helie; three brothers, Virgil (and his wife, Pat) Rossman, Arthur (and his wife, Phyllis), and Earl Dean Rossman, all of Richmond; three sisters, Mary Mulrenin of Fenton, Michigan, Dorothy (and her husband, Bob) Shields of Princeton and Erma (and her husband, Dan) Brown of Gardner, Kansas; many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty on December 6, 2015, and two brothers, Donnie Rossman and Robert Rossman.
It was Jim’s wishes to be cremated following his death. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Olmitz. Inurnment will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery at Olmitz. The family requests that Memorial Contributions be designated to the Window Restoration Fund at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Olmitz or the Albert Volunteer Fire Department in Albert.
Online condolences may be left for the family and a complete obituary notice may be viewed at http://www.charterfunerals.com/locations/great-bend.php.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune May 8, 2016