Norman Edward "Norm" Gapske

  • Born: July 31, 1932
  • Died: September 13, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family


Norm passed away on Friday, September 13th, 2019. He was born in Alpena, Michigan on July 31, 1932 to parents, Emil and Alma (Hartman) Gapske. He was preceded in death by one sister at birth, both parents and one sister, Betty Gapske Keen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Blashill) Gapske, whom he married on July 3, 1958 in Gaylord, Michigan; daughters, Jenny L. Miller of Marshall, Michigan; Kristin L. Gapske (Stephen Meagher) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and son, Karl S. Gapske of Battle Creek, Michigan; one brother, Allen Gapske of Brighton, Michigan; two sisters, Rosalie (Gapske) Bates of Battle Creek and Joyce (Gapske) Quinton of Hamburg, Michigan; three grandsons, Gregory Johnson (Jolene Jenkins), Flynn and Ty Meagher, and one great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Johnson.

Norm graduated from Alpena High School in 1951. He earned his B.S. degree in Marketing from Ferris State University, and his M.A. degree in teaching of vocational and office education from Western Michigan University.

Norm worked in store management for Kroger and National Foods, and then taught high school in Albion, Michigan for 29 years, retiring in 1993. He also was active in adult education. He was proud of being appointed GED test examiner for 32 years.

Norm served his Country honorably and nobly in the United States Army as a Corporal with H/S Company, 973rd Engineering Battalion during the Korean War, receiving an honorable discharge in 1954. He also received an honorable discharge from the Michigan Air National Guard in 1965.

Norm's interests were collecting antiques, traveling and shooting pool. He enjoyed traveling in most of the US states and many Canadian provinces. He also enjoyed visiting eight foreign countries. He was an antique dealer for 25 years. Norm was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the MEA, and the American Legion Post # 54 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Norm's family will greet friends on Monday, September 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. The Graveside Service to celebrate Norm's life will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at Noon in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI with the Rev. Larry Gorlitz, Pastor of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. The United States Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard will also bestow full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Norm's honor may be directed to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 349 Capital Avenue, NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest condolences to the family. I had the pleasure of being a student of Mr. Gapske's at Albion High School. He was a great teacher, one who treated all of his students with kindness and respect. He was certainly one of the best. May you all find comfort in knowing that he was well liked by the students of Albion. My prayers of comfort remain for you all.

Posted by Renee Miller - Albion, MI - Student   September 18, 2019

Barb and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss having the pleasure of caring for Norm. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kristi Voshell - Bellevue, MI - Friend   September 16, 2019

He was my first teacher on my quest to become a computer operator/network engineer...Everyone had to take typing to enter the Computer Program at Albion High School...Great Teacher!

Posted by Tony Brewer - Millbrook, AL   September 16, 2019

Mr. Gapske was my teacher in high school. I learned so much from him. Not just typing but how to balance a checkbook, write a check, and how to write letters. He gave us life skills. My deepest condolences to the family. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to have been his student.

Posted by Delores Ray Cole - FL   September 15, 2019

Mr. Gapske was one of my favorite teachers. He taught me to type and that skill gave me steady work for most of my working life. He made the learning process fun and challenging. He was always available to answer questions and explain things. I really enjoyed him . I'm sorry for your loss.KPi

Posted by Karen King - Sun City Center, FL - Student   September 15, 2019

Mr. Gapske was one of my more memorable high school teachers. He taught most of my business classes and left me with many pleasant memories of him and his classes. My sincerest condolences to the Gapske family.

Posted by Bonnie Currie Welty - Powder Springs, GA   September 15, 2019

Barb and Norm were good friends with my parents Andy and Edith Kooi. Dad and Norm taught Night School and worked on other things together. He will be sadly missed. He was a well respected educator in Albion.

Posted by Sam Hyer - Rockford, MI   September 15, 2019

Mr. Gapske taught almost all of my business classes in High School. He also got me my co-op job when I was a Senior. Fond memories of him and condolences to his family.

Posted by Pam Russell-Alsbury - Bellevue, MI   September 15, 2019

Nice picture. So glad for the times when we got to know each other better in Florida. Love and Prayers

Posted by Sharon Beutler - Kingston, MI - Family   September 15, 2019

Mr. Gapske, was an a fixture throughout our High School years. He oversaw co-op and ran the school bookstore. That is where I first experienced working, scheduling, ordering and bookkeeping. Yet, the most valuable thing I learned was a strong work ethic; which has silently guided me throughout my life to this day. I appreciate that he believed in the students and gave of himself for us. Paul and I have fond memories. We are so sorry for your great loss.

Posted by Paul and Phyllis (Hunt) Woods - Homer, MI   September 14, 2019