Norman Lee Roggow was born Aug. 25, 1941, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Orville and Linda (Beckman) Roggow. He attended high school at Brooke Consolidated High School, rural Peterson. He graduated from Wayne State College with a BA in business management and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in February 1964. Upon completion of Flight Training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in June 1965. LTJG Roggow reported to VT-1 as a Flight Instructor. In October 1966, he reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron Eleven. He was transferred to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 111, Detachment 34 in April 1967. LTJG Roggow died on Oct. 8, 1967, 14 miles Northwest of Da Nang, South Vietnam as a result of an aircraft accident while on an operational flight from Chu Lai, South Vietnam to the USS Oriskany off the coast of Vietnam. LTJG Roggow was awarded an Air Medal, National Defense Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal with a Bronze Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
While in high school, Norman enjoyed playing on the basketball team. In college at Wayne State, Norman was a member of the Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity.
Survivors include three sisters, Connace Fraser and her husband Larry of Hutchinson, Minn., Marva Hansen and her husband Joe of Omaha, Neb., Diane Roggow of Le Mars, and a brother, Curtis Roggow and his wife Kathy of Shawnee, Kan.; and eight nieces and nephews and 10 great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-nieces.
His father, Norman died Dec. 25, 2005, his mother Linda died March 1, 2000; as well as a great-nephew Jason.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Larry Fett officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy and the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars. His family will be present to greet friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.
Funeral arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.