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Stephen William Protsman 1949-2008


Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 6/2/2008 at 09:35:19

Stephen William Protsman

Stephen William Protsman, 58, Chief Master Sergeant, US AF retired, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Wednesday, April 2, 2008 after a courageous battle with diabetes and cancer. A memorial service was held at All Faiths Funeral Services in Austin, TX Monday, April 7.

Stephen Protsman was born and raised in Lansing August 27, 1949. He graduated from Kee High School in 1967 in Lansing and went on to attend Winona State University in Winona, MN. He was a member of the Warriors' conference championship basketball team for the 1968-69 season and earned first-team all-conference honors for the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons. He was inducted into the Winona State University Athletic Hall of Fame October 6, 2001. Stephen graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelors in teaching in 1972.

He married Kathleen Curran of Lansing June 8, 1974. Stephen served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2000. During his military career, Stephen earned Airman of the Year honors in 1975 to go along with earning the Air Force Commendation Medal three times and the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal twice. During his retirement he worked on projects with NCS Pearsons in Austin, TX.

Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence (Dutch) Protsman. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Kathleen Protsman; daughters, Marci and Michelle Protsman; son, Timothy (Kristy) Protsman; granddaughter, Michaela Protsman; mother, Noel Protsman of Lansing; brother, David (Vicky) Protsman of Lansing; sister, Lisa (Tom) Batteen of Box Elder, SD; 11 brothers- and sisters-in-law, and 35 nieces and nephews.

He will be sorely missed by many family and friends. His quick wit and sense of humor will echo in our minds forever.

The Waukon Standard, Wednesday, April 9, 2008


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