Norman Kaelber Obituary, Death – On November 5, 2022, Norman Frederick Kaelber passed away in a tranquil state. Norm is a giant of a man who is also really compassionate. He was trustworthy, honest, and he cherished his family and friends. The adoring wife of Norman, Jan Kaelber, who was 59 years old, passed away first. Norm received his diploma from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey. His degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, earned in 1955. In addition to being a summer beach patrol lifeguard in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, Norm captained the lacrosse and ice hockey teams at Lehigh University.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and Phi Delta Theta. In 1956, he tied the knot with his college girlfriend, Jan Neary. (Kaelber). After graduating from high school, Norm immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was a pilot who served as the Captain of the 407th Air Refueling Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Fall, Montana. Following his time in the military, Norm went to work for Shell Oil Company on the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. In 1966, Norm and his family uprooted their lives and moved to Alaska in order for Norm to pursue employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry as well as in the construction industry.

As a prosperous businessman, he and his associates established SKW Constructors Inc., which was responsible for the construction of important projects in the Port of Anchorage, on the Kenai Peninsula, in Barrow, Alaska, and in other cities located on the Arctic Slope. Both the National Bancorp of Alaska and the Alaska National Insurance Company were fortunate to have Norm on their boards. He donated money to both Providence Hospital in Anchorage and a private charitable organization. He was a graduate of Lehigh University and had a passion for learning. In 1994, Jan and Norm moved to Gig Harbor, Washington, for their retirement.

He spent the winter months in Palm Desert, California, with his buddies. Norm had a variety of interests, including sports, business, and other things. He enjoyed golf, tennis, road riding, hiking, skiing, and traveling. Continuously engaged in reading and puzzle solving. The performance of Norman Kaelber was outstanding. Norman is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Kevin (and his wife Vicky) and Darrell (and his wife Judy). He also has four grandchildren: Stefen, Jason, Fritz (and his wife Emily), and Lara.

Donations in memory of the deceased may be donated to the Tacoma Rescue Mission (, the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (, or another charitable organization. On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at four o’clock in the afternoon, a memorial service will be held at Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church, which is located at 47-321 Highway 74 in Palm Desert, California. Norm will be laid to rest on the afternoon of Friday, January 13, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.