Richard James Norton, better known as Dic to his friends and family, passed away at his home on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008.
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Dic enlisted in the Navy before graduating from high school and left for basic training right after graduation. As a Seabee in the Mobile Construction Battalion No. 1, he served in Vietnam, Spain and was also honored to have served at Camp David.
Since he was a little boy and traveled to the family farm near New Salem, N.D., he loved the outdoors, working with his hands and helping others. He was a horseman and an avid hunter. And as we all know, his love was boundless for his children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Dic was born May 29, 1952, to Winnifred Alvina Matthiesen Norton and Dan George Norton in Dickinson, N.D.
He is survived by his wife, Anne McBee of Belgrade; daughter, Kathleen of Bozeman; son, Kenneth of Belgrade; stepdaughter, Talitha Bennett of Bozeman, and step-granddaughters, Evalynn and Lydia Bennett; stepmother, Fay Norton of Glendive; his brothers, Patrick Norton (Cora) of Bainville, and Chester Norton (Paula Culpepper) of Manhattan; sister, Barbara Berns (Ted) of Bismarck, N.D.; brother-in-law, Greg Nichols of Glendive; nephews, MacDalton Berns (Shar), Skye Berns, Nicholas Hegel (Sarah) and their sons, Linken and Lukas, Benjamin Berns and his son, Adrien, Bradley Hegel and David Norton; nieces, Victoria Norton and her daughter, Gwendolyn; Kristal Rowland (Charles) and their daughter, Lizbeth Lillian; and Brittney Hoff (Chad).
Dic also leaves behind aunts, Donna Fae Bedford, Ida Mae LaMirande and Carolyn Jensen (Echo), and uncles Warren Werner and Ken Matthiesen (Karen), and numerous cousins and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Winnifred (1992) and Dan Norton (2007); and his sisters, Suzanne Norton (1970) and Lizbeth Nichols (2004); and adopted son, Kevin Norton.
A celebration of Dic's life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Peace Lutheran Church in Belgrade. Visitation hours will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 7226, Bozeman 59771.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2008