STRONG — Norman Wilbur Libby, 85, quietly and peacefully passed away at his home in Strong, Tuesday, May 8, surrounded by his family.

He was born May 30, 1926, in Southington, Conn., the son of Ralph Bernard Libby and Roxie Stewart Libby.

Norman served in the U.S. military in the European Theatre of Operations for 23 months with the 912th Air Engineers Squadron and the U.S. Army Air Force, after joining at 18 years old. As a veteran, he attended Ricker Junior College, University of Maine in Brunswick, and graduated from Wentworth Institute in Boston in 1951.

He married Celena Deming in Boston, in 1950. Most of his working years were in the aerospace industry, with aircraft engine design and installation. He worked at Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach, Fla., Aero Commander in Albany, Ga., Cessna and Beech Aircraft in Wichita, Kan., Mooney Aircraft in Kerrville, Texas, Grumman Aircraft in Savannah, Ga., General Electric in Ohio, and Grumman Aircraft in Long Island, N.Y., where he worked on F14 aircraft installing engines.

He was Past Master of the Davis Masonic Lodge and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 78, in Strong. He was a member of the Oppalunski Chapter 125 Order of the Eastern Star and a life member of the Strong Historical Society.

He is survived by his loving wife, Celena Deming Libby; four children, Sandra Lee and husband, John Rendon, of Washington, D.C., Shirley Ann and Billy Sherrill of Atlanta, Ga., Sue Lori of Tucker, Ga., and Terry Libby of Strong; one grandchild, Joshua Joseph Libby; three great-grandchildren, Celena, Kaiya and Levi Libby; one brother, Harvey Libby of Zellwood. Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

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