Norman G. Tuuri, 87, of Madison, went home to our Lord March 15, 2013. He passed away peacefully at University Hospital in Cleveland.
Norm was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Painesville, to Helvi and Matt Tuuri and spent most of his life living in the Madison area. He had two brothers, Milton and Ralph, now both deceased.
Norm graduated from Madison Memorial High School in 1943 where he played varsity football.
A World War II veteran, Norm served in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 ball turret gunner in the European Theater, based in Italy.
After the war ended, Norm married his high school sweetheart, Virginia "Ginny" Volante, on Oct. 5, 1946. They remained happily married for more than 66 years and had three sons.
Norm retired from Ohio Bell in 1983 with over 35 years of service. He and Ginny also owned and operated the North Madison Launderama from 1963 through the early 1970s. Norm also worked part-time at Erie Shores Golf Course for many years and enjoyed the camaraderie of his many golfing buddies.
A devoted father who put his family first, Norm was a friend to all who knew him.
Norm's surviving family members are his sons, David Tuuri, Rick (Maureen) Tuuri and Howard (Lee) Tuuri; grandchildren, Katie (Lucas) McCulley, Kevin Tuuri and Alex Tuuri; great-grandson, Jordan Tuuri-Barrett; and great-granddaughter, Molly McCulley.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, at The Behm Family Funeral Homes, 26 River St., Madison.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the funeral home. The Rev. Harry Buch of Central Congregational Church will be officiating.
Final resting place will be at Fairview Cemetery in Madison.
Published in www.News-Herald.com from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013