Norman Frederick Miller died on August 17, 2021 in Clear Lake, Texas at the age of 64. Norm was born on January 6, 1957 to Betty and Norman E. Miller in Chicago, Illinois. He had a happy childhood with his two older sisters, Roxanne and Bettina, and one younger sister, Gina.
Growing up, Norm was a vibrant, quick-witted, fun-loving brother, and very close to his siblings. Neighborhood friends were like family, as well.
As a teenager, Norm was a talented musician, teaching himself to play guitar, bass, and drums. He was also interested in cars, and was very proud of his first one - a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda that he kept his whole life. After graduating from Luther High School South in 1975 he studied automotive technology at the MoTech automotive educational center in Detroit.
In the 1980s, the whole Miller family moved to Houston, where Norm helped run the family restaurant for a few years. In his spare time, he worked on cars and played bass in a band called the Mechanix. He became a father to two daughters, his "sweet potato" Sherri in 1984 and his "sugar lump" Jenn in 1986. One of Norm's favorite memories was Sherri and Jenn taking turns giving him kisses through the window of his Barracuda before he left for work. Norm was a warm and loving father, always there when his daughters needed him.
Norm had a long career in the transportation industry, working at UPS, Discount Tire, and finally LKQ, where he won numerous awards as the top salesman. He was a devoted Christian and a well-loved member of the congregation at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Friendswood, TX where he sang in the church choir. In his later years, Norm returned to his love of music, playing bass and singing in numerous bands, including a revival of the original Mechanix, the Dogz, and Three Spot.
It was while playing a show with his band that Norm met his beloved wife, Lori. They fell in love and married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends on March 25, 2017. Norm and Lori enjoyed playing music together, going to shows, and traveling. They adopted three dachshunds - Douie, Dillon, and Frankie - whose companionship they greatly enjoyed.
Norm will be remembered as a capable, strong, fun-loving father who could fix anything, a brother who was affectionately called Stormin' Norman, very passionate, loving, and who gave the best hugs, a caring uncle with an endearingly corny sense of humor, a loyal friend and bandmate who was full of energy, and a doting husband who cherished his dear Lori and loved sharing life with her. Norm was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Betty, and his sister, Roxanne. He is survived by his wife, Lori, daughters, Sherri and Jenn, sisters, Bettina and Gina, brothers-in-law, Don, Dave, and Albert, sister-in-law, Julie, and many nieces and nephews and their children.
Crowder Funeral Home
111 E. Medical Center Blvd.,
Webster, TX 77598
Published by The Bay Area Citizen from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2021.