Norman Wayne Whipple of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Covelo was born November 24, 1933, and died Thursday, February 28, 2013, at the age of 80.
Norman loved his family, especially attending his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's birthday parties, graduations and school activities.
Norman loved the land, and enjoyed ranching and pushing dirt for the Pacific Railroad and Central Valley rice fields, hauling heavy equipment for construction and the Oklahoma oil fields, hunting and fishing as a young man, and greeting the sunrise from the bay window of the kitchen.
Norman loved his country and proudly served for 12 years as a demolition team Navy SEAL. He was a Korean war
veteran. He said he didn't need to travel out of the country extensively; he had "been around the world twice."
Norman loved his Native American heritage and served on the Round Valley Tribal Council from the 1960s through the 1990s. he was a member of the founding committee for Indian Health Services, helping establish health clinics throughout Northern California; worked with the Round Valley Housing Authority; and served at least four terms as the Tribal Council chairman. His duties involved extensive travel to Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, as well as in-¬state and out-of-state workshops and meetings.
He was respected for being well-read and informed on all issues related to tribal and political issues that affected the governing and policy-making regulations of the RVIT. He listened intently, spoke when he believed it was necessary, and earned his listeners' respect, even if it involved controversy or heated discussions. Additionally, he served as a member and chairman of the Round Valley Unified School District Board of Education in the late 1990s.
Norman is survived by his present wife, Andrea, and former wife, Annabelle. He and Annabelle have three children: Deborah Oliver, William Whipple and Kimberly Stillwell. There are 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
From a family of nine children there remain two sisters: Phyllis Rohloff and Bertha Gonzalez, as well as a brother, Dewey Whipple, Jr. He also is survived by an aunt, Thelma, who lives out of state.
He will be missed by numerous family members, friends and professional colleagues.
Anker-Lucier Mortuary is in charge funeral arrangements. A wake will be held Wednesday, March 6, at the Round Valley Methodist Church beginning at 4 p.m. Services will be held Thursday, March 7, at Round Valley Methodist Church at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at the Nomalacki Cemetery in Covelo.
A reception at the Round Valley Senior Center will follow interment.