Glen Emery Norman
Obituary - Yuma Pioneer
Glen Emery Norman, 1922-2014
Glen Emery Norman was born to Lloyd and Waunetta Norman in Atwood, Kansas on 3 Jan 1922. He passed away on 9 Oct 2014.
His parents farmed around Ludell and Achilles, Kansas. In 1931, they purchased a homestead for $4000 south of Cope, Washington County, Colorado. When Glen was just nine years old, his father, brother, and hired cowboys spent ten days on horseback driving forty horses and about 100 cattle from Ludell, Kansas to their new home in Colorado. The move came during the Great Depression that paralyzed the country and the Dust Bowl that ravaged the southern Great Plains in the early 1930s.
Glen spent his childhood and early adulthood working on the family farm. In September 1942 Glen enlisted in the US Army to help in the war effort. He trained at Camp Claibourne, Louisiana as a Combat Engineer. In February of 1943, Glen was assigned to a Firefighting Platoon attached to First Armored Division and shipped to North Africa. His Platoon received a citation from General Patton for bravery in helping to save an ammunition dump in Tunisia from destruction by fire.
Following completion of the North Africa Campaign, they landed on the southern beaches of Sicily, participating in the Sicily Campaign taking him up to Salerno on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. His unit fought northward up the western coast of Italy to Anzio where they established a beachhead. There he and his comrades were pinned down by the Germans for three hellish months. Eventually, the force pushed the enemy towards Rome where victory was obtained. Glen remained in Rome until he was honorably discharged at the war's end in 1945.
Glen managed to chase down his future wife, Evelyn, at a roller skating rink in Arriba, Washington County, Colorado. Rumor has it that Glen had to “fine tune” his skating skills to catch her. They were married on April 18, 1946, and enjoyed 67 years together before her death in 2013.
Glen and Evelyn, along with his brothers, opened the Norman Food Bank in 1949 in Cope which included a grocery store and locker plant. It later became the Cope Grocery Store. They helped form a co-op to buy and maintain a large electric generator. This generator brought 24-hour electricity to Cope for the first time. The generator also powered the first neon sign in the window of the Cope Garage, which they had also purchased.
In April 1954 Glen and Evelyn, along with Glen’s two brothers and parents, bought a ranch on Brush Creek in the mountains near Eagle, Colorado. They raised Hereford cattle, and put up hay. In the beginning, all the work was done using horse drawn equipment. Over the next 17 years, they improved, expanded, and mechanized the ranch while raising their families. In 1972, they sold the ranch and retired to Rifle, Colorado.
Over a period of thirty-three years, they were “snowbirds” in Quartzsite, Arizona, where they established a second home and enjoyed spending time with old friends and making new ones. Glen exercised his renewed interest in motorcycles. They traveled to Mexico to find bargains at the markets, and spent many a happy hour exploring the flea markets in Quartzsite.
In 1985, Glen and Evelyn moved to Yuma, Colorado, “coming home” to the eastern plains of their youth. Glen helped his sons establish a farming operation near Cope. During the summers, they traveled with their sons Doug and Kirk custom harvesting from Texas to Idaho. The rest of the year Glen enjoyed helping his sons farm and traveling to visit his grandchildren in Colorado and Idaho.
In 2008, because of ill health, Glen and Evelyn moved into the town of Cope in order to be closer to family. They enjoyed visiting with all their many grandkids and sharing family dinners with Doug's and Kirk's families. After Evelyn passed away, Glen’s life was blessed by the kind and gentle care of John Lueth, Javier Garcia, Jill Ernst, and Michelle Killough, with support from Linda Schutte and Patty Jones. Because of their care, he was able to live out his life in his own home, a gift for which we will always be grateful. Glen’s long life was punctuated by hard work, constant activity, and his uncanny ability to survive.
Glen was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Evelyn, his sister, Collie, his brothers, Darrell and Denzel, and his nephew, Billy. He is survived by daughters Jo Ann Loudy (husband Bill) of Tendoy, Idaho, Debbie Duley (husband Walt) of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and sons Doug Norman (wife Paula) and Kirk Norman (wife Tina) of Cope, Colorado. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Bobbi Jo Duley of Encinitas, California, Travis Duley, of Tempe, Arizona, Shannon Johnson (husband Brad) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Erin Loudy (husband Tim) of Boise, Idaho, Carrie Gage (husband Jeremy) of New Braunfels, Texas, Georgia Kay Thompson (husband Dave) of Littleton, Colorado, Jill Norman (husband Jace) of Denver, Colorado, Jana Barrett (husband Jeff) of Littleton, Colorado, Clinton Norman of Cope, Colorado, Ava Coy (husband Joe) of Commerce City, Colorado, Amanda Norman of Little Rock, Arkansas, Whitney Benton (husband Nik) of Joes, Colorado and Webb Norman (wife Tiffany) of Sterling, Colorado and by 10 great-grandchildren.
The Funeral Service was held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cope Community Church in Cope, Colorado officiated by Pastor Terry Covert. The interment followed at the Cope Cemetery. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.
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