Norman Franklin Hook, age 81, of Payson, Ariz. passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Janet M. Hook; four daughters, Judith M. (Kevin) Smith of Arkansas, Suzan A. (Kurt) Hatteberg of Colorado, Sheila A. (James) Baumgartner of Minnesota and Donita F. (John) Johnson of Florida; three sons, Neal F. (Nancy) of Michigan and Thomas E. (Dawn) Hook and David A. (companion Wendee) Hook of Arizona; three sisters, Lorraine Singleton of Maryland and Joyce Haslacker and Jean Haslacker of West Virginia; and one brother, John Hook of West Virginia.
Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, Monica Burton; Sherri Cole; Tiffany, Courtney, Zachary and Kevin Hook; Karl and Jared Hatteberg; Theresa Myers; Christopher O'Neal; Alexis and John Curtis Johnson; Jacque Joslin; and Brittanie, Timothy and Makayla Hook; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Norman retired after 28 years in the U.S. Air Force as a senior master sergeant. He was a mechanic of T35, bombers and tankers, moving on to quality control, many times spending 30 to 60 days overseas, even up to one year.
He was a life member of the VFW
, American Legion 40/8 and Eagles Club. He greatly enjoyed sitting outside early in the morning, watching the sunrise then, in the evening, identifying stars and constellations.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 5 at Tonto Valley Bible Church in Gisela, Ariz. with a celebration of life following at the Gisela Community Center.