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Elmer J. Norgard

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Elmer J. Norgard, 89, of Washington state, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham.
Elmer was born in Springfield, Wis., on Dec. 8, 1923, a son of the late Jens and Lillian (Dahl) Norgard.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the USS Doyle C. Barnes - DE 353. After the war, he married Ellen Leonard in 1951 in Hebron. They celebrated 62 years of marriage.
Elmer and Ellen owned and operated a gas and service station in Eagle, Colo., and when his health declined, Elmer retired and they devoted their time to their son. In 1998, they moved to Washington state to spend time with their grandsons.
He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed building and flying remote-control airplanes. More than anything, he enjoyed his time with his grandsons.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Ellen; a son, EJ (Shannon); twin grandsons, Ethan and Josh; a sister, Marie Defoe; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Oost and Esther Puhl; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jens and Lillian; and three brothers, Chris Norgard, Ervin Norgard and Carl Puhl.
The family plans a celebration of Elmer's life this summer in Wisconsin.
Memorial donations may be made to Whatcom Hospice Foundation, 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225.
For information, call Ehorn-Adams Funeral Home at 815-648-2054 or visit www.ehornadams.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Feb. 13, 2013
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