Thomas “Tom” Rossler
1938 – 2010
Ten Sleep, Wyo. – Thomas “Tom” Rossler, 72 year-old Ten Sleep resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the Washakie Medical Center in Worland, WYO.
Tom was born March 20, 1938, in Toledo, Ohio to Joseph W. and Ruth (Blatter) Rossler. . He attended schools in Rossford, graduating from Rossford High School in 1956. He earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Toledo and earned a master’s of educational administration at Central Michigan University in Mt. Plesant, Mich.
Tom married Eloise Germann on July 25, 1970 in Delta, Ohio. They became the parents of two sons, Thomas Alan and Larry Ryan.
He worked in the law enforcement field as part-time officer before beginning his career in education. He held a long time interest in law enforcement and encouraged his sons in that direction.
Tom was a math and business teacher who began his career as a permanent substitute in Detroit. For a number of years he taught in lower Michigan (Ida) and Northern Ohio (Delta). Tome and Elouise moved to Northern Michigan where he became a federal project administrator for a Federal Follow Through Program in Lincoln, Mich.
He then became the elementary principal of five schools in the same district. They moved to the thumb area of Michigan, where Tom became superintendent of schools in the Akron-Fairgrove District. Tom held superintendencies in East Jordan and North Dickinson – Upper Peninsula schools. He retired from Michigan to work as a superintendent in Crivitz, Wis.
Upon Retirement, Tom and Elouise moved to Ten Sleep and soon became the volunteer managers of the United Methodist Circle J Ranch Camp and Retreat Center located in Ten Sleep Canyon, where Tom combined his love for children and his Christian faith to benefit youth at the camp.
Tom was an active father who fished, hunted, boated and camped with his family as he had done with his younger brother. He delighted in his sons’ athletic interests and successes.
Tom enjoyed traveling the West with his family and was a cowboy at heart who was happy to move to the Wyoming mountains. His love of the Great Lakes was never lost. He enjoyed family church activities throughout his life, most recently in Ten Sleep and at the Circle J Ranch Camp.
He enjoyed just being “Tom” in the camaraderie of the Men’s Breakfast Group in Ten Sleep. Tom’s sense of humor was enjoyed by all who met him and he was generally a happy person.
Tom is survived by his wife, Elouise of almost 40 years; his sons, Alan (Anna) Rossler of Thermopolis, Wyo. and Ryan (Kami) Rossler from White Bear Lake, Minn. His most recent joy came from Jessa Mae, his 11-month-old granddaughter. He is also survived by his younger brother, Tim (Peggy) of White Cloud, Minn and their sons, Eric (Jill), Shawn and Michael; his mother-in-law, May Germann; brothers-in-law Arnold and Ronald (Petria) Germann; sister-in-law, Donna (Tom) Germann Edwards and many other nieces and nephews and cousins, Dennis Smith and Jim (Lil) Rossler.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his Aunt Gertrude who played a large role in his life.
Funeral services for Tom will be held on Tuesday a 3p.m. at the Ten Sleep United Methodist Church with Rev. Huston Green officiating. Interment will follow in the Ten Sleep Cemetery.
Visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the services. Memorial donations may be made to the Tom Rossler memorial to be divided between Circle J Ranch and Hope Lodge in Rochester, Minn. They can be sent in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, Wyo.
Online condolences may be made to www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com The Bryant Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.