Norman Lee Gant, 77, was born June 14, 1934, in Enid, OK, to Cleo and Edna (Jones) Gant. He passed away April 30, 2012, at his home.
Norman proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from Jan. 25, 1955, to Jan. 24, 1958.
At the age of 10, Norman was baptized at a First Baptist Church in Oklahoma. He attended the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs and was a team member for worship services at the nursing home on Sunday mornings. He found great comfort knowing where he was going when he passed away.
Norman raised five children while living in Oklahoma and Colorado but found his true hometown in El Dorado Springs where he never met a stranger. He started his plumbing business there and made countless friends over the years. He loved living on the farm and sitting on his deck overlooking his pond.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Edna Gant; brothers, Gene and Wayne Allen Gant, and first wife of 52 years, Sandra Gant.
He is survived by his wife, Annie, of the home; his children – Dennis Gant, wife – Dee and four daughters; Darrell Gant, two sons and daughter in-law – Katy; Debi Smith, husband – Bob and three daughters; Dale Gant, wife – Susan; Sheila Reiken, husband -Larry and two sons and two daughters; Chele Walker, husband – Dustin and five daughters and one son; stepson – Travis Dickinson and daughter; one great-grandson, one great-granddaughter, one step-great-granddaughter; nieces; nephews; aunts; cousins and many friends.
Services were held Sunday, May 6, in the First Baptist Church, El Dorado Springs, with Pastor Ron Marsh officiating. Dee Gant sang “Amazing Grace” and Rusty Carver sang “Precious Memories.” Casketbearers were Jerry Gant, Jake Rieken, John Rieken, Gordon Johnson, Larry Rieken and Bob Smith.
Honorary casketbearers were Darrell Cribbs, Trevor Gant, Tucker Gant and Donald Brown.
Miliary service was by the US Army Team VFW 5525.
Interment was in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Compassus in care of Sheldon Funeral Home.