Charles A. (Bud)
December 28, 1924 - March 29, 2014
Charles A. (Bud) Norris Jr., went home to our Lord on March 29, 2014 at the age of 89. His infectious smile and warm heart will be missed by all. He was born to Charles and Cornelia Norris on December 28, 1924 in Village Township, Iowa. At a young age his family moved to Galesburg, Illinois where he attended school and graduated from Galesburg Senior High School.
Bud joined the Navy in 1943 and proudly served his country, stationed in England and participated in the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. Returning to Galesburg in 1946 he met the love of his life and soon to be devoted wife, Mary Alice. They were married in 1949 and started 64 years of loving and caring for each other. They had two children, daughter Gail and son Bruce, both born in Galesburg.
Bud started his 40 year plus career in paint sales with Clay's Paint & Wallpaper in Galesburg. He worked there 11 years then moved his family to the West Coast beginning in Portland OR, Modesto CA, and finally Fair Oaks CA.
In retirement Bud was active with American Legion and VFW spearheading major landscaping projects. He was commander of American Legion Post 383 in 2002-2003. He also enjoyed weekly pinochle games at VFW Post 6158 in Fair Oaks.
Bud was predeceased by his brother Clyde and sisters Betty and Donna. In addition to his wife Mary Alice, children Gail and Bruce, daughter-in-law Lori, and grandchildren Narelle and Eric, Bud is survived by brother's Richard, Max, and his sister Sandra.
Remembrances can be sent to Community Hospice.
Published in the Modesto Bee from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2014