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Donald Allan Norum

Donald Allan Norum

Donald Allan Norum, 81, of Bemidji died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Freedom Point Senior Living in Minnetonka, MN.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji with Rev. Andrew Ronnevik officiating. Visitation will be from 4 7 pm on Tuesday at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be at the Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery in Bemidji.

Donald was born to George and Agnes Norum on July, 19th 1932. He was born in a log cabin Northeast of Lancaster, MN. The family moved to Thompson Township near Hallock, a few years later, where he spent most of his young life. He attended a one room schoolhouse through 7th grade then graduated from Hallock High School in 1950. He graduated from Augsburg College in 1954 with a double major in physical education and biology. He entered the U.S. Army in August of 1954. He spent most of his military service in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1956. He received his Masters degree from Bemidji State University in 1960. He taught in Roseau, MN for three years. He married Mary Anne Anderson on June 14, 1958 in Thief River Falls, MN and had four children.

They moved to Bemidji MN in 1959, where he taught 8th grade for 32 years. He was a dedicated teacher, loved by many students. The family attended Calvary Lutheran where Don was very involved. He was on many committees and was twice the President of the Congregation. He sang in the church choir for 50 years. He was a member of the Gideons and Bemidji Lions Club. He collected 265 irons and enjoyed them very much, becoming the "Iron Man" of Bemidji. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a quiet, steady spirit of grace. He also enjoyed sports and putting together puzzles.

He is survived by:

2 Daughters-Laurie (James) Snively of Minnetonka,MN

Lynne (Don) Schon of Plymouth, MN

2 Sons - Greg (Carrie) Norum of Bagley, MN

Scott (Melanie) Norum of San Diego, CA

11 Grandchildren - Jami and Jeana Snively, D.J., Tom, and Matt Schon, Beth (Jim) Boge, Sarah Schwegman, Alec Norum, Mikaela and Jackson Norum

2 Brothers - Gordon and Marlow (Carol) Norum

Brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Anne Norum, sister Janice Nelson and brother Ken Norum, Kens wife sister-in-law Alice Norum, sister-in-law Joan Norum, brother-in-law Ron Osborne, and nephew Cory Anderson.

Memorials are preferred to Calvary Lutheran Church or Gideons International.

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