Gene Edward Norman, 87, El Dorado Springs, passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 24, 2013, after a lengthy stay in the hospital. He was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Cedar County, the son of Oat and Violet Norman.
Gene served in the Navy as a radio operator in World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Cedar County and the family farm.
He married Juanita Vittetoe and to this union a son, Scottie Lee, was born. After her death, Gene went to work for Sundance Ordinance in Kansas.
In 1952, he married Dorothy Broughton. To this union, a daughter, Kathy Jean, was born. Gene and Dorothy were married 45 loving years until Dorothy’s death in 1997.
During most of his life Gene worked for Mid America Dairy and he retired from there after 32 years.
Gene loved hunting and fishing, but as he got older what he loved and enjoyed the most was going to the coffee shops and visiting with friends.
He was a kind and loving person, who would do anything for anyone. Gene once told his daughter, “All we leave this world with are the good deeds we’ve done for others.” I believe Gene did his share of good deeds.
Gene touched a lot of people and will be greatly missed by not only his family but by all who knew him.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Juanita; his wife of 42 years, Dorothy; parents, Oat and Violet Norman; two brothers, Fred Norman and Jim Norman; and nephew, Ricky Bailey.
Survivors include two children, Scott Norman and wife, Retha – Nixa and Kathy Berning and husband, Dennis – El Dorado Springs; grandchildren – Jason Norman – Springfield, Ric Norman – Springfield, Dustan Berning and Kandice Berning – both of El Dorado Springs and Kristin McNeece and, Doug – Harwood; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lorene Bailey and Ruth Pierce and one brother, Wayne Norman.
Services were held Sunday, Oct. 27, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Musical selections were “I Believe,” “In Color” and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Burial followed in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Roger Berning, Max Berning, Ed Morlan, Chance Cyr, Ron Brown and Wayne Williamson.
Online condolences may be left at blandhackleman.com.