IRON MOUNTAIN - Bruce E. Norman, 71, of Iron Mountain, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Saviour on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at his home.
He was born June 15, 1941, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Ewart and Lillie (Davis) Norman.
He graduated from Kingsford High School in 1959 and went on to obtain an associate's degree from Bay College.
Bruce married Karin Krook on April 14, 1962, in Norway.
He was employed at Grede Foundry for five and half years before moving to Escanaba in 1964. Bruce and Karin resided in Escanaba for more than 40 years during which he worked for Harnischfeger for 18 years and Rapid Electric for 10 years. He then took a position as a purchasing manager with Manistique Papers, Inc. for 14 years until his retirement.
Bruce loved the Lord and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Escanaba for 30 years where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth leader and led home Bible studies.
He was a member of Grace Church in Gladstone for nine years and served as an elder, Sunday school teacher, small group leader and a member of the building committee. In 2007, he and Karin moved back to the Iron Mountain area and he has been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Norway since that time.
Bruce had a love of sports and enjoyed playing softball, volleyball and basketball. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening, working in the woods and construction.
He was an outgoing person, hardworking, loved to laugh, and enjoyed the company of good friends.
Bruce loved his children and grandchildren dearly and always encouraged them in their pursuits and interests. His seven grandsons brought great joy to his life. The past five winters he lived near his grandsons, daughter and son-in-law in Ekalaka, Mt.
He was a loving and caring husband, brother and uncle and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Karin; a son, Mark Norman of Birch Run, Mich.; a daughter, Kim (Jim) Pardee of Ekalaka, Mont.; three brothers, Harold (Edna) Norman of Fair Oaks, Calif., Don (Grace) Norman of Iron Mountain and Florida, and Myron "Mike" (Carole) Norman of Citrus Heights, Calif.; four sisters, Barb Trepanier of Iron Mountain, Lois Packard of Cleveland, Anne (Gary) Rochon and Lucille (Jim) Edgar, both of Iron Mountain; seven grandchildren, Joshua (Brandy) Pardee, Jeremy Pardee (fiancee, Abby), Jordan (Laura) Pardee, Jacob, Jared, Jaden and Jace Pardee; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by a son, Steve Norman in 1997 and a brother, Gordon Norman in 1995.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Norway.
Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. at the church. Dr. Stephen C. Patrick will officiate.
Burial will be in Iron Mountain Cemetery Park.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Bruce's memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Bruce E. Norman online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.