Norris D. Reichel (1939 - 2016)

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Norris D. Reichel was born in Etterville Missouri on December 21, 1939, and died peacefully on April 25, 2016 in Daytona Beach Florida with his wife by his side. Norris is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Barbara Lambert Reichel, their daughter Faith Reichel of Bellingham Washington, grandsons Tyler and Chase Reichel of Merritt Island Florida.
Norris was preceded in death by their son Brook W. Reichel, his parents Archie and Gladys Reichel, brothers Norman Reichel and LTC James Reichel.
Norris was a graduate of Boonville High School, he attended Kemper Military Academy and he then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, majoring in journalism. It was in college that he found his calling in the television and radio industry when working with Barbara's father, Dr. Edward C Lambert at KOMU in Columbia. He then went on to work for the Meredith Media Corporation for 34 years in ever increasing positions of responsibility.
His first position with Meredith was as a sales professional at KCMO Channel 5 in Kansas City, Missouri. Norris was then promoted to the position of general sales manager of WNEM TV in Saginaw Michigan. He then became general manager of KPHO TV in Phoenix, Arizona and later vice president and general manager of WPGH TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his final position in Orlando where he was the vice president and general manager of Fox 35 WOFL until he retired from Meredith in 1996.
After retiring from Meredith, Norris stayed in the media business by owning and developing KQUL radio at the Lake of the Ozarks. He also developed other radio stations in Missouri.
Norris was an entrepreneur, consummate sales professional and businessman.
Norris loved his family, spending time with them, traveling, going to NASCAR races, fishing and boating.
Visitation and services will be held in the Chapel at the Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery in Columbia Missouri on May 7, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to: The First Baptist Church 625 Main St, Boonville, Missouri 65233.
Published in Boonville Daily News from May 2 to May 9, 2016
Arrangements under the direction of:
Memorial Funeral Home/Columbia
1217 BUSINESS LOOP 70 W | Columbia, MO 65202 | (573) 443-3173
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