George “Gib” Rosenbaum, 92 of Wanatah, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022.  He was born September 4, 1930 in Valparaiso to Harold and Dorothy (Pinkerton) Rosenbaum.  Gib attended Kouts High School and was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, in which he proudly served from 1951-53, spending a year in Korea and receiving the rank of Sergeant.  Learning to weld while in the Marines served him well, working for over 32 years at U.S. Steel, Gary Works.  He was a member of the Wanatah Christian Church and the American Legion Post 403 of Wanatah for 69 years.  Upon retirement, Gib delivered Meals on Wheels and continued his lifelong passion for trains.  He was a member of the Hesston Steam Museum, where he ran his trains for many years, and Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson.  Gib’s hobby was building, maintaining and running his B & O and Pennsylvania steam engines he constructed.  Truly the greatest accomplishments in his life were his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
On March 4, 1955 in Valparaiso, Gib married Marilyn Szikora who survives along with their children, Garth (Joan) Rosenbaum, Glori (Thomas) Marshall, Dwight Rosenbaum, Glenn Rosenbaum, and Paula (Craig) Culver; grandchildren, Garrett and Brent Rosenbaum, Ryne, Aaron, Molly Kate, and Hayley Marshall, Seth, Samuel, and Naomi Culver, and Cassidee Rosenbaum; great grandchildren, Isaac, Judah, Addison, Elise, Conor, and a great grandson expected in December; and special family, Kimberly and James Simpson and family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Lynne Marie; sister, June Reed; and brothers, Dale and Dean.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Wanatah Christian Church, 1100 W. US 30, Wanatah with a Funeral Service at church on Friday at 10:30 AM.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso.  A special thanks to Dunes Hospice for their care, especially Madeline, Teresa, April, Rachel, and Wendy.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Dunes Hospice or Wanatah Christian Church.


To a great man that served our country. A fun guy to have conversation with. He had a lot of talent when it came to trains. I’ve been friends with his son Glen for many years another talented man.  -Scott Coslet 

Garth, Glori (what a wonderful name!), Paula, Dwight and Glenn, I’m so very sorry for you loss. I can’t help but remember all the good things though. Your parents built a loving and solid foundation for you, and subsequently your children. I remember with nostalgic sadness the family reunions at “the farm”. Running and playing like crazy, and always warned to watch out for the bull! The baseball games, the Christmases and Thanksgivings at the farm. Most of my best memories of being a kid came from your family. May God continue to bless you and all your families, and thank you all for the good times.  -Carol Polomchak 

Will always cherish the wonderful memories I have with your dad. He will be forever missed. -Ann Mackay 

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