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THEODORE R. (TED) NORRIS


1955 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
THEODORE R. (TED) NORRIS Obituary
Theodore R. Norris (Ted), 58, of Liberty, Missouri, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at Golden Living Center of Smithville. Born March 19, 1955 in Dixon IL to Max and Sally (Schell) Norris, he grew up in the Polo IL area, where at a young age he became involved with the family farm and heavy equipment construction business, which resulted in his lasting passion for both. Ted was an ambitious and independent man, whose unparalleled work ethic was an inspiration to all who met him. These qualities allowed him to realize a lifelong dream of self-employment, resulting in the ownership and operation of Ted Norris Excavating in Liberty, Mo. In his spare time, Ted enjoyed collecting antiques, scale model replicas of heavy equipment, attending construction and farm shows, and socializing with friends in his shop. He was an active member of Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club and Land Improvement Contractors of America. He is survived by son Jared (Brandy) Norris and granddaughter Vera Lynn of Smithville MO; sisters Kathy (Denny) Danko of Tonica IL and Shelley (Chad) Hovey of Mackinaw IL; brother Tony Norris of Houston TX; stepmother Judy Norris of Polo IL; uncle Richard Schell of Des Plaines IL; and several cousins, nieces and a nephew in IL, as well as many friends and business associates throughout the Midwest. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 4, from 1:00 until 5:00 PM at the Ted Norris Excavating shop, 11217 Chandler Rd, Liberty, Mo. for an informal remembrance of Ted (aka Grump). A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in Polo, IL. (Arrangements: Cremation Society of KS & MO, 5561 NW Barry Rd., online condolences www.kccremation.com (816) 822- 9888) Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri. www.kccremation.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 1, 2014
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