Richard M. “Dick” Brossman, 95, of Bethlehem Township, formerly of Palmer Township, passed away on Friday, June 23rd. He and his wife, Louise Lindsey Brossman, resided in Palmer Township for 46 years. He was the manager of ABCO Abstracting Company of Northampton County, a real estate title insurance company in Easton before retiring in 1990. Prior to that, Dick was in the newspaper business for 20 years, starting as an editor of his hometown newspaper in Brookville, PA and then reporting news of the Northampton County Courthouse for the Easton Express. He was employed by a law firm involving real estate matters for 10 years before establishing the title insurance agency that he managed in Easton.
Born in Canton, Ohio, on February 10, 1922, he was the son of William G. Brossman and Cleo Mangas Brossman. He was a retired Naval Officer, having enlisted in 1942 as a Seaman Apprentice where he was stationed in the Netherlands West Indies and New York City headquarters for the US Navy Armed Guard. He was discharged from the Navy post World War II, as a Chief Petty Officer. Graduating from Penn State College of Communications in 1949, he was commissioned in the US Naval Reserve serving for 20 years before retiring. While serving, he was Executive Officer of a Naval Reserve electronics unit which was cited as the outstanding unit of it’s type in the Fourth Naval District in 1956 and ranked second among all 240 units of that type in the US Naval Reserve for which he received a commendation from the Chief of Naval Personnel. He was a member of the US Naval Institute and lifetime member of the Military Officers Assn and the Lehigh Valley chapter. Being a former member of the Palmer Lions Club, he was the Club’s
first pool membership chairman at the time the Palmer Community Swimming Pool was built. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and served as President of the board of Trustees, Chairman of the Administrative Board and chairman and member of other committees including the building committee for the new church facilities on Green Pond Road, as well as a choir member. He enjoyed photography, writing and barbershop singing in which he performed with many organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Louise L. Brossman and three children, Beverly Brossman Shay, of Lutz, FL; Robert D. Brossman and wife Judy of Bethlehem; and Lindsey, wife of Scott Finken, of Merrimack, NH. He has 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Phyllis Hood of Freedom, PA and was preceded in death by his sister, Billie R. Brossman.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Green Pond United Methodist Church, 4411 Green Pond Rd., Easton. A visitation will be held from 6 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday in the Ashton Funeral Home, 1337 Northampton St., Easton. Interment will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine. Memorial contributions may be made to Green Pond United Methodist Church, 4411 Green Pond Rd., Easton, PA 18045.
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