Lonnie J. Norris

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ARCANUM - Lonnie J. Norris, 72, of Arcanum, died March 18, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Norris was born May 1, 1940, in Darke County to the late Leonard and Dorothy (Baird) Norris.

Lonnie was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, the Arcanum School Board, and the Arcanum Lions Club. He was a 1958 graduate of Arcanum High School and a 1962 graduate of Ohio Northern University. Lonnie was a teacher and coach for 19 years, starting the football program at Springboro High School in 1963 and later coaching at West Carrollton High School.

Mr. Norris was inducted in the Springboro, West Carrollton, and Ohio Northern Athletic Halls of Fame. Lonnie was a salesman for VAC Distribution. He was the manager of Beechwood Golf Course, retiring in 1998.

Mr. Norris is preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Joshua Bland.

He is survived by his wife. Connie (Neal) Norris, whom he married on Nov. 23, 1988; daughters Missie Miller and husband Jeff of Carlisle, Darcey Garno and husband Doug of Arcanum, and Ramie Wilson and husband Rocky of Carlisle; sons Lennie Norris and wife Julie of Franklin and Kelly Norris and wife Lisa of Arcanum; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister Colleen Schenck and husband Lee of Marysville, Mich.; brothers Terry Norris and wife Sandy of Spotsylvania, Va., and Danny Norris and wife Betty of Versailles.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Faith United Methodist Church, Arcanum, with Rev. Courtney Hollon and Rev. Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery.

The family will receive relatives and friends Friday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church. The family suggests memorial contributions to State of the Heart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway St., Greenville, Ohio 45331. Condolences may be sent to

Published in The Daily Advocate on Mar. 18, 2013