Frederick C. Norris

12/30/1922 - 05/22/2014 Obituary
Frederick C. Norris Obituary
Fred Norris, 91, passed away peacefully early in the morning on May 22, 2014 with his daughter and daughter-in-law at his side. Fred was born in Carthage, Indiana to Carl and Faye Norris. He served in the army during WWII until he was honorably discharged when the war ended. On December 22, 1946 he married Ella Albert and they spent the next 55 years together, until her passing in 2002. They reared their family of two boys and a girl in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Fred lived until 2003, when he moved to Bakersfield, California to be near his daughter. Fred worked for 35 years in the telecommunications business with General Telephone Company. His career took him to the Middle East for three years until the overthrow of the Iranian government in 1978. He and his wife were on the last evacuation flight from Iran before the hostages were taken in 1979. After his retirement in 1980 he spent time playing golf and serving in many civic organizations, helping those in need.
He and Ella loved to travel and saw much of the world together, enjoying diverse cultures and experiences as long as they were strong enough to travel. Fred served as an usher at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana and was an active member of SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives and established the Retirees Club for the General Telephone Company in Fort Wayne. Fred was always a "people person" who never met a stranger and, even during the later years of his life, was compelled to be where the people were...always preferring to be involved rather than sitting as a bystander. He lived his last 11 years in Bakersfield, California at Glenwood Gardens.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sister Carolyn Vint of Russellville, Arkansas, and his younger son, Carl Frederick Norris. He is survived in his immediate family by his elder son, John, his daughter, Cynthia Giumarra and husband Sal, and his daughter-in-law, Wendy Norris, of Green Head, Western Australia. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Nancy Hicks and husband Dave of Little Rock, Arkansas, Richard Vint and his wife Patricia of Houston Texas, Bob Vint of Dallas, Texas and Fred Gall of South Bend, Indiana. He will also be missed and fondly remembered by his many friends from Glenwood Gardens. His family would like to extend a special "thank you" to the staff at Glenwood Gardens who so lovingly cared for him during these past eleven years. We offer particular thanks to nurses Raj, Smita, Sinia, Kim and Glenna. These women were simply amazing in their caring for Fred and we sincerely thank them for their excellence. We also want to thank Bonnie Barrett, from Hospice, who made "our dad" feel special every time she came to see him and spend time playing cards with him. We would like to also say "thank you" to the staff of Basham Funeral Care. Fred had a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ, never wanting to miss a worship service and always ready to join hands in prayer. We will surely miss him, but know that in time, we shall meet again face to face when Jesus calls us home to heaven. We love you dad and will see you soon.
A private memorial service will be held at Basham Funeral Care on May 27, 2014 in Bakersfield, followed by internment in South Bend, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Canyon Hills Assembly of God, 7001 Auburn St. Bakersfield, CA 93306, to the attention of Project Rescue. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 24, 2014
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