John Albert Norman, 83, of Fort Atkinson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.
John was born on August 16, 1930 in Chadron, Nebraska, the youngest son of Earnest Gray Norman, Sr. and Inis Nematie Sanders. Raised in Nebraska and South Dakota, he was a true American cowboy, participating in rodeos and raising cattle and horses from a young age.
John entered the U.S. Navy in 1952 and served aboard the U.S.S. Chemung during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge in 1955, John was employed by the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He married Neva Sue Morris in Chicago, Illinois in 1957 and moved to Wisconsin three years later. Over the next decade, John lived with his family in the Dodge and Jefferson County area farming and in 1966, started one of the area's first veal operations.
In 1969, John was injured in a car accident that nearly took his life, but he fought his way back to health and earned an Associate Degree in Real Estate from Waukesha Area Technical Institute. He worked as a real estate agent until his retirement, most recently with Kim Schroedl Real Estate.
In 1990, John married Barbara Jeanne Collins at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fort Atkinson. John enjoyed square dancing, was a die-hard Packer fan, a proud veteran, and was always a cowboy at heart.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Fort Atkinson; his children, Lori (Larry) Horton of Watertown, John G. (Blanca Abend) Norman of Milwaukee, Teena (Joe) Donnelly of Johnson Creek, Charlene (Patrick) Lynn of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and Barb's children David Puerner of Fort Atkinson and Joan (Pat) Dowling of Madison; brothers Glenn Norman of Louisiana and Michael Chipperfield of Ohio and sisters Chloris Naylor of Nebraska and Merrita Wood of Ohio; and by Neva Sue Norman of Watertown, the mother of his children. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren: Ricky (Erica) Schneekloth of Watertown, Christy (Nick) Grosenick of Port Washington, Michelle (Andrew) Gfrorer of Cottage Grove, Julia (Mike) Bahr of Jefferson, Jason Schneekloth of Watertown, Megan Donnelly of Cottage Grove, Sarah (Juan Martinez) Horton of Fitchburg, Maxwell Donnelly of Johnson Creek, Daniel Cedano of Valders, Wisconsin, Patrick, Jack, Ruby, and Grace Lynn of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and Parker and Brogan Dowling of Madison, along with 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceeded in death by his parents, step-father Charles Chipperfield, and one brother, Earnest Gray Norman, Jr.
The funeral will be held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fort Atkinson on Thursday, April 17th at 12 noon. The visitation will be at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A luncheon will follow.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wellington Place and Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital for their kindness and care for John.
Those who wish may direct memorials to the family.
The Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson is assisting the family.