09/14/1926 ~ 06/12/2013
Salt Lake City, Utah-Beloved eternal companion, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather, Walter Norman Drecksel returned to his heavenly home June 12, 2013.
Norm was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 14, 1926 to Walter Otto Drecksel and Thelma Victoria Reid Drecksel. He attended West High School and joined the Navy at age 17. He served during WWII on the USS Hyde APA-173. Norm married Janet Marie Rodberg on May 24, 1946; later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Norm's greatest treasure was his family. He is survived by his loving wife Janet and their six children Sherrie, Cynthia, Vicki (Craig Pearson), Diane, Chad, and Debbie Ann. He received great joy from his twenty-four grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Doreen Staley and brother Lewis Drecksel.
Norm faithfully served in many church callings; he especially loved missionary work and could always be counted on. The wilder side of Norm could be seen with his confident attitude and his 17 inch 'guns' to back it up while boxing in the Navy, and racing stock cars.
Norm's hard working ethic as a young boy helped him build a successful but modest company-Big Valley Waste Paper, Inc. for nearly forty years. He was known as an honest and dependable person…"Let Norm Haul It" was his motto.
Norm's passion was his other family: a family of Birmingham Roller pigeons that he raised since 1945. He was one of the first founders of the Utah State Roller Club and was known as the "Master of the Baldheads". He was a legend in the pigeon fancier community and known for his Drecksel Roller's world-wide.
Norm was loved by many, but his capacity to love unconditionally was his greatest gift. He was always there for his family and never turned anyone of them away.
Never at a loss for "one-liners", all of us who remember them, will have a piece of Norm to pass on. We love you dear Norm, dear father, dear grandfather.
Family graveside services will be held Monday, June 17, at 12:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 4th Ave "N" Street. Friends may call Sunday, June 16, from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary 260 East South Temple.
Published in Deseret News on June 16, 2013