Norman Otis Burmaster, 66, of Bellefontaine, passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., after complications from Influenza B. Norm was born in Jamestown, N.Y., on April 12, 1951, to the late Stanley Burmaster and Agnes Brustrom Burmaster. He graduated from Circleville High School in 1970 and went on to complete his bachelor of fine arts from The Ohio State University, graduating in 1974. Norm, a senior designs draftsman, worked 39 years at Mettler-Toledo before retiring in 2016.
He was a kind and gentle soul. Norm loved flying and was a pilot for almost 50 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed building RC airplanes, watching the Buckeyes, golfing, reading, taking long walks with his dog, dining with his friends and vacationing at Disney World. However, the Champaign Aviation Museum was his true passion. He spent the past 11 years with his volunteer friends, working to restore a B-17 Flying Fortress back to flying status.
Norm is survived by his wife, Cathy Knack, whom he married April 5, 1986, at the Worthington United Methodist Church. He is also survived by his daughter, Ashley (Charles) Phillips of North Carolina; brother, Matt Burmaster of Dublin; and nephews and nieces, Marty Burmaster, Emily (Scott) Roberts, Delon Summersett, Brittany (John) Wertz and Nicholas (Bekah) Price.
Norm loved the Lord and was a member of the Huntsville United Methodist Church. He will be sorely missed by those who loved him.
A celebration of Norm’s life begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Huntsville United Methodist Church, 6611 Fruit St., Huntsville, with the Rev. Bryan Meadows officiating.
Memorial donations in memory of Norm may be made to Champaign Aviation Museum, 1652 N. Main St., Urbana OH 43078, www.champaignaviationmuseum.org; and the Huntsville United Methodist Church, 6611 Fruit St., Huntsville OH 43324.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.willifordfuneralhome.com.