Norman Louis Kaweck Jr., 66, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2013, after living an adventurous life. Born and raised in Midland in 1946, the son of the late Norman and Virginia (Denton) Kaweck, he was a life-long traveler and greatly enjoyed living in many different parts of the country.
Norman earned his bachelor's degree in History and Economics from Michigan State University
in 1969 and remained a dedicated Spartan fan for the rest of his life. He worked with his father at Normal Wood Products which later became Case Systems, and then set out on his own as a business consultant to see the country.
Norman combined his great love for sunshine and sailboats by retiring to St. Thomas, USVI in 2009. When he wasn't relaxing at Honeymoon Beach, he passed the time with part-time jobs at Blackbeard's Castle and Little Switzerland. These jobs allowed him to learn more about the history of the island and share it with everyone he met.
The only thing strong enough to draw Norman away from the paradise of St. Thomas was his love for his family. He spent his summers in Michigan boating with his children and teaching his grandchildren to fish and garden. He had a passion for history, politics, and philosophy, and greatly enjoyed lecturing to any interested audience. Norman was truly a minimalist and proudly surrounded himself with only those things that he held the dearest.
Norman is survived by his three children, Ehrika Cornack of Tecumseh, Norman Kaweck III of San Angelo, Texas, and Heather (Shane Schamper) Kaweck Schamper of Grand Rapids; their mother, Carol (Cobler) Kaweck of Midland; and two grandchildren, Peyton and Brennan Cornack of Tecumseh. He is also survived by his five siblings, Wayne (Leslie) Kaweck, Lynn Kaweck, Katherine (James) McCandless, Gary Kaweck, and Dora (Robert) Latchford; along with six nieces and nephews; and one grand-nephew.
Honoring Norman's wishes, cremation has taken place and his ashes have been interned in the Tittabawassee River. The family will receive visitors at Winston's Pub at the Midland Resort on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 3-6 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Norman's love for the U.S. Virgin Islands with a gift to the St. John Land Conservancy, 9901 Emmaus St. John, USVI 00830-9587.