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Robert Norman

The remarkable, stubborn, and ornery Robert (Bob) C. Norman played his last inning in life on July 10, 2021, four days after celebrating his 89th birthday.
Bob was born during the Depression to Carlos Norman (deceased) and LaVerne McNeese Norman (deceased) on July 6,1932 in Dekalb County, Illinois. Eventually, they moved to a farm in Indianola, Illinois. Life was tough on the farm for Bob, his older sister, Barbara Powell-Whitlock (deceased), younger brothers William (Sharilyn) Norman of Sidell, Benny Norman (Deceased), and Richard (Susie) Norman of Covington, Indiana.
Many years later he married the love of his life, Nancy Tate Norman on June 2, 1963, and she survives. They were blessed with three children; Melynda (Chuck) Wooten of Paris, Michale (Jean) Norman of Colorado Springs, and Mychele (Rick) Wofford of Memphis. The apples of his eye were his ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Annie (Nathan) Barrett and their daughter Meredith; Abbie (Reese) Higginbotham and their son Nash; Allyson (Blake) Marrs and their sons Will and Mason, Austin, Adam, Abram, Ariel Norman and Bross Phelps-Norman; Katy (Aaron) Masters and Kendyl (Jacob) Wear and their sons James and Benjamin.
After family, Bob’s second passion in life was sports. He “beat the hardwood for over 30 years.” His basketball career started in grade school and led him to playing for traveling AAU teams. A gentleman years later remarked that dad was the “fastest squirt on the floor.” Bob continued playing basketball as an adult. He played against the Harlem Globetrotter’s farm team twice. Bob let them win by one point. He also played for the Danville Hillpackers and Dossey’s Conoco for many years.
The Army found Bob in 1952. He won a trip to Korea by way of California and Hawaii. He played basketball the entire time until he was sent into combat 17 months and to the front line for twenty-two days. Those days changed Bob and he never talked about them until he was well over 60. In 1954 Bob’s duffle bag was stolen on the way home so we never knew what accolades he earned. According to his discharge papers he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal/1 Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the National Defense Service Medal. Many years later, in 2015, he was lucky enough to fly on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. There he found his picture etched into the Korean War Memorial.
Bob also excelled in fast pitch softball. As kids we can remember sitting in the back seat of the Lincoln, running 100 miles per hour, trying to make it to softball games on time. As a pitcher, his teams won many tournaments and leagues in Danville and Paris. His teams played the four man team, The King and His Court, two times. Bob would say later that Eddie Feigner was the best player he had ever seen. Bob also bowled every Monday night for thirty-one years. He loved a mean card game and he can still be heard at the euchre table asking, “Did you come here to pass or play?”
Bob did have a job, it was farming. He loved building fences, repairing machinery, a pair of fresh washed gloves, and a Mountain Dew. Agriculture to him was a way of life and when that livelihood was threatened in July of 1969, he joined other farmers in the United Grain Farmers of America Tractor Drive to Washington D.C. He also appeared in various farm magazines for his many agricultural accomplishments. On the farm they also raised Spotted Poland China pigs, and over the years he won many state and national awards in the swine industry and was inducted into the National Spotted Record Hall of Fame. Bob was still not busy enough, so before retiring he was instrumental in getting the black and red angus cattle herd started on the farm and his love of agriculture led him to serve on the Georgetown Fair board for several years.
Bob was a member of the Chrisman Christian Church where he served on the church board and was a deacon. God has put this soldier, athlete, and farmer to rest. Your work on Earth is completed, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
For those who wish, the family suggests memorials be made to Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm, Illinois or Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola, Illinois.
Funeral services for Mr. Norman were conducted at Noon Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Chrisman Christian Church in Chrisman. Visitation was from 9:00 am until service time at the church. Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm, Illinois. Military Honors were provided by the Georgetown American Legion. Templeton Funeral Home in Paris was in charge of the arrangements.

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