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Glen Emery Norman


1922 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Glen Emery Norman Obituary
Glen Emery Norman
January 3, 1922 - October 9, 2014

Glen was born to Loyd and Waunetta Norman in Atwood, Kansas on January 3, 1922. His parents farmed around Ludell and Achilles. In 1931, his parents purchased a homestead south of Cope for $4,000.00. When he was just nine years old, Glen, his father, brother and hired cowboys spent ten days on horseback driving forty horses and about 100 cattle from Ludell, Kansas to their new home. The move came during the years that the Great Depression paralyzed the country and the Dust Bowl ravaged the Eastern Plains. Glen spent his childhood and early adulthood working on the family farm.
Glen enlisted in the U. S. Army in September, 1942. He trained at Camp Claibourne, Louisiana as a combat engineer. In February of 1943, Glen was assigned to a firefighting platoon attached to First Armored Division and shipped to North Africa. His platoon received a citation from General Patton for bravery in helping to save an ammunition dump in Tunisia from destruction by fire. Following the completion of the North Africa campaign, they landed on the southern beaches of Sicily and participated in the Sicily campaign until the termination at the northern port of Salerno. Glen and his unit were then part of the Italian campaign landing on the beach at Anzio and established a beachhead. During his service in Italy, he and his comrades were pinned down for three hellish months. After the breakout, the force pushed the Germans up the western coast of Italy toward Rome. Glen remained in Rome until his honorable discharge when the war ended in 1945.
Glen managed to chase down his future wife, Evelyn, at a roller skating rink in Arriba. Rumor has it that Glen had to "fine tune" his skating skills to catch her. They were married on April 18, 1946 and enjoyed 67 years together before her death in 2013.
Glen and Evelyn, along with his brothers, opened the Norman Food Bank which included a grocery store and locker plant in Cope in 1949. It later became the Cope Grocery Store. They helped form a co-op to buy and maintain a large electric generator. This generator brought 24 hour electricity to Cope for the first time. The generator also powered the first neon sign in the window of the Cope Garage, which they had also purchased.
In April, 1954, Glen and Evelyn, along with Glen's two brothers and parents, bought a ranch and moved to the mountains near Eagle, Colorado on Brush Creek. They raised Hereford cattle and put up hay. In the beginning, all the work was done using horse drawn equipment. Over the next 17 years, they improved, expanded and mechanized the ranch while raising their families. In 1972, they sold the ranch and retired to Rifle and started spending winters in Quartzsite, Arizona.
Over a period of thirty-three years, they were "snowbirds" in Quartzsite. They established a second home there and enjoyed spending time with old friends and making new ones. Glen exercised his renewed interest in motorcycles. They traveled to Mexico to find bargains at the markets and spent many a happy hour exploring the flea markets in Quartzsite.
In 1985, Glen and Evelyn moved to Yuma, Colorado, "coming home" to the eastern plains of their youth. Glen helped his sons establish a farming operation around Cope. During the summers, they traveled with their sons, Doug and Kirk, custom harvesting from Texas to Idaho. The rest of the year Glen enjoyed helping his sons farm and traveling to visit his grandchildren around Colorado and Idaho.
In 2008, because of ill health, Glen and Evelyn moved to Cope in order to be closer to family. They enjoyed watching the farming, visiting with all their many grandkids and sharing family dinners with Doug's and Kirk's families. After Evelyn passed away, Glen's life was blessed by the kind and gentle care of John Lueth, Javier Garcia, Jill Ernst and Michelle Killough, with support from Linda Schutte and Patty Jones. Because of their care, he was able to live out his life in his own home, a gift for which we will always be grateful.
Glen's long life was punctuated by hard work, constant activity and his uncanny ability to survive. Glen was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn; his sister, Collie; his brothers, Darrell and Denzel; and his nephew, Billy.
He is survived by daughters, Jo Ann Loudy (Bill) of Tendoy, Idaho, Debbie Duley (Walt) of Glenwood Springs; and sons Doug Norman (Paula) and Kirk Norman (Tina) of Cope. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren; Bobbi Jo Duley of Encinitas, California; Travis Duley, of Tempe, Arizona; Shannon Johnson (Brad) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Erin Loudy (Tim) of Boise, Idaho; Carrie Gage (Jeremy) of New Braunfels, Texas; Georgia Kay Thompson (Dave) of Littleton, Colorado; Jill Norman (Jace) of Denver; Jana Barrett (Jeff) of Littleton; Clinton Norman of Cope; Ava Coy (Joe) of Commerce City; Amanda Norman of Little Rock, Arkansas; Whitney Benton (Nick) of Joes and Webb Norman (Tiffany) of Sterling; and by nine great grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cope Community Church in Cope with Pastor Terry Covert officiating. Interment followed at the Cope Cemetery. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Nov. 13, 2014
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