BANGOR – Clarence Norman "Norm" Rissel, 88, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away March 31, 2012, at the Maine Veterans Home, B Unit, Bangor, with his wife of 65 years, Dorothy, by his side. He was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Coatesville, Pa., son of Clarence and Jemima Rissel; and brother of Sara Casey.
After he graduated from Coatesville High School he joined the U.S. Army as a combat engineer in the 17th and 82nd Airborne during World War II. He served in the European Theater as hostilities ended and then as part of Gen. Eisenhower’s Honor Guard in Berlin during the occupation.
After an honorable discharge he graduated from Bowman Technical School, Lancaster, Pa., as a certified watchmaker. He held various positions at Giannini Controls, Burroughs and Wang Laboratories before retiring in 1985, while he and Dorothy raised five children. They moved to Maine in 1973.
They lived in Penobscot, Brooklin, Eddington and Bangor, as he enjoyed tinkering with everything as well as building toys, birdhouses and furniture while he and Dorothy collected and sold antiques throughout their lives. He was always quick with a joke and loved meeting people and always had a close group of friends wherever he lived.
He was predeceased by his sister, Sara; daughter, Cherie; and sons, Robert and Douglas. He is survived by Dorothy, wonderfully cared for at the Maine Veterans Home; son, Jeff of Santa Barbara, Calif.; son, Todd and daughter-in-law, Jane, and his children, Graham and Sylvia, of Newmarket, N.H.; grandson, Adam and his wife, Tracey, and children, Gavin, Doug and Cherie, of Houston; sister-in-law, Gladys Ewing of Orrington; son-in-law, Dean Mills of Bucksport; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins in Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas. His family can’t thank enough the staff at the Maine Veterans Home for the past two years of extraordinary care.
Family and friends may visit 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 9, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St., Brewer, where a service honoring his life will be held 1 p.m. as the visitation concludes with the Rev. Dr. Tracy Reeves, pastor of North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church, presiding. Burial with military honors will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Springvale. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Eastern Area Agency on Aging, 450 Essex St., Bangor, ME 04401; or Homes for Our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.