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Norton, George George Lloyd Norton embarked on "a complete new adventure" on August 2, 2018, age 98. Preceded in death by first wife Delores and second wife Cecilia "Cee" Norton, also parents Pastor William Norton and Mary Norton, siblings Isabelle and Everette Norton and Helen McGreevy. Born in ND, George's family lived in MN, WI and IL before settling in Bloomer, WI, where George graduated high school. In 1940 George enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in Hawaii with the 78th Pursuit Sqdn at Wheeler Air Base when along with Pearl Harbor it was attacked on Dec 7, 1941. George flew 43 missions as an aerial photographer with the 319th Sqdn of the 90th Bomb Group in New Guinea, known as "The Jolly Rogers". Among other medals he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. George raised his family in Oak Creek, WI. In the early 1970's, George and Delores moved west to CO. After an amicable divorce George moved to San Leandro, CA where he met and married Cecilia in 1974. They traveled together, and lived very happily in San Leandro, for nearly 40 years. George volunteered as an English tutor and met wonderful, kind, lifelong friends in his multicultural community, many of whom he treasured as family. After Cee's death in 2012, George returned to Milwaukee, WI to live with his son Lorne and to be closer to his firstborn, Gary. George passed peacefully, without pain, surrounded by the love and care of the family members present. George is survived by sons Gary (Sandy), Bruce (Yen), and Lorne (Lori) Norton, stepdaughter Ann (Mel) Wallace, Honorary Number One Daughter Chiung "Nancy" Lee, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family thanks Zablocki VA hospital and the caregiving staff at Union Grove Veteran's Boland Hall for their kind and compassionate care. The family is grateful for all the love and support George received from his many friends and neighbors in CA. As per George's request, no services, memorials, or tributes are desired. Those who know and love George know how to remember and honor him: Be helpful, kind, patient, and tolerant. Be like George.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 12, 2018
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