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Norman Zix


1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences

NORMAN CLETUS ZIX
1929 - 2017

Norman passed away peacefully on May 22, 2017. Loving husband to Maria Genevieve (deceased), devoted father to Thomas, Joseph, Anita, Donna, Teresa, Laura (deceased), Norman (Jr.), Candace and Edward; Grandfather to Joshua, Anthony, Christopher, Nicholas, Elliot, Ian, Laurel, Gabriella, Kathryn, Genevieve, Benjamin and Madeline; Great-grandfather to Antonella, Thaddeus, Gemma and Fox. Brother to Eugene and uncle to several nieces and nephews.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 21, 1929, to Edward and Marguerite Mecklenborg Zix, Norm attended Elder High School. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and received his MBA from Xavier University, and later met and married his beloved Maria in 1953 in Ellington, Texas while both served in the United States Air Force. He subsequently pursued his Ohio and California Certified Public Accountant licenses while working and supporting his growing family. They resided in Pompano Beach, Florida and Santa Barbara, California, prior to settling in Riverside in 1962 where Norm worked in many financial roles at Bourns, Inc. until his retirement in 1996.
Norm's love of music grew, when, as a teenager, he taught himself to play boogie-woogie music on the piano. He later played trombone and piano in the USAF, and mastered other genres during his lifetime. His favorite musician was Duke Ellington; however, he regularly played Dixieland, big band, rock 'n' roll, Scott Joplin and pop music standards. Norm composed several jazz tunes, and was the life of a party as the music man. He professionally played piano solo and in groups such as the Night Blooming Jazzmen. Maria and Norm journeyed to numerous traditional jazz get-togethers and music festivals. A long-time member of the musician's union, he could be found happily playing at the Heritage House in Riverside, and at wedding receptions, restaurants, dances, clubs and festivals.
Norm opened his children's eyes to the wonders and scenic beauty of the western United States, with trips to the National Parks, coastal venues and other various outposts. He and Maria also traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, the Pacific and Mexico. Beginning with their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 2003, memorable, fun annual family reunions have been held at different venues in California and Arizona.
Norm lovingly cared for Maria during her bout with Alzheimer's leading to her death in 2008, and supported Maria's care and nurturing of Laura prior to her death from leukemia in 1973. Additionally, his financial acumen benefited many people, and his children are grateful for his wisdom and guidance in such matters.
Norm's other interests included the Cincinnati Reds (the Big Red Machine), classic movies, stamp and coin collecting, golfing, gardening, and partaking of a well-mixed Rob Roy (oftentimes, instructing the bartender on how to correctly mix one). Las Vegas was a favorite destination for him, where he attended numerous financial seminars and, at times, even successfully partnered with lady luck.
Celebrating family with love, fun, food, and music was a highlight for Norm. The many family and friends who knew him will dearly miss him.
All of the following will take place in Riverside: The viewing (4-8pm) and rosary (7pm) will be held on Tuesday, May 30 at Preston & Simons Mortuary, 3358 Mission Inn Avenue, 92501, (951) 683-7410. The Funeral Mass is on Wednesday, May 31 at 10 am, at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 7050 Brockton Avenue, 92506, (951) 781-9855. Burial services will be held at Olivewood Memorial Park at a later date.
Published in Press-Enterprise from May 28 to May 30, 2017
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