Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


Granville Allen Norris

May 28, 1934October 19, 2019

Granville Allen Norris, 85, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away due to complications from dementia on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Taylor Hospice in Des Moines. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 26, 2019, in the backroom of Benchwarmers (705 S. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023). Memorials may be directed to the Animal Rescue League or to Taylor Hospice. Granville was born on May 28, 1934, in Tracy, Missouri to Elmer and Mary Alice (Sexton) Norris. He was united in marriage to Beverly Hamblen (they later divorced). Together they welcomed four children: Eric, Mike, Aaron and Laurie, they moved to Ankeny from Missouri in 1958. Granville owned and operated Norris Construction in Ankeny, pouring many basements and building houses all around Ankeny. Granville enjoyed watching his sons and grandson wrestle, all for the Ankeny Hawks, and his grandson went on to MMA fighting, which he also liked watching. He was very proud of his sons and grandchildren who served in the military. Granville was a member of the NRA and was a patriot who loved his country. He also enjoyed animals and watching sports on TV. Granville was affectionately known as PaPa to all of his grandchildren. Granville is survived by his four children: Eric (Tina) Norris of Ankeny, Mike (Carol) Norris of Kirkman, IA, Aaron Norris of Des Moines and Laurie Norris of Ankeny; grandchildren: Chelsea (Daniel) Wadel, Colton (Megan) Smith, Danielle (Tyler) Overton, Billie Jo (Jeff) Spears, Charla Norris, Michelle (Trevor) Ouverson and Chad (Nina) Norris, 15 great grandchildren; his significant other of 33 years, Leslie Morningstar, step-children: Karla, John, Sarah, Adam and Brian; 10 step grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 26, 2019


Granville Allen Norris

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Denise Logli Jones

October 26, 2019

My sympathy to Eric & all of your family on the loss of your dear dad. He was a man who changed the face of Ankeny & left his mark in the structures that stand because of him & the young athletes he influenced. But the most important legacy he leaves, is his children. May his memory & your memories together shine a warm light on you in the days ahead.

Mike grant

October 25, 2019

From the Grant Family we would like say sorry for your loss.

Mike Grant
Dublin, Ca

Doug Anderson

October 25, 2019

Dear Eric, Mike, Aaron, & Laurie. I'm sorry to hear about your dad passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Granny will always have a special place in my heart as a person who "walked the talk" and "put his money where his mouth was." He treated Ankeny athletes , who were willing to work hard and pay the price, as family. He was a strong supporter of the Ankeny Booster Club and I may be mistaken, but I believe he was one of the original founders and leaders of it. He had a passion for wrestling and unselfishly did everything he possibly could to help the program and help individuals reach their full potential physically and mentally. The philosophy back in my day was, that if you wanted to be the best you could be in any sport, then you needed to go work construction for a few summers for Granville Norris. I can't count the number of "All State Athletes" that developed and came out of his summer work program. He worked you hard, paid you well, and got into your head. He made you tough and made you believe that you could do anything that you put your mind to...if you were willing to work hard for it. He would send Western Union Telegrams to athletes (during state competitions) reminding them that they were winners...the best. I still have mine from 44 years ago. I'm sorry that I can't make it to his celebration of life, but I will never forget Granville Norris and what he did for me.
Doug Anderson
PS...thank you to all of the Norris family who have served in the military...this country, now, more then ever needs more patriots like you all!

Kelli Rater -Wright

October 22, 2019

The Norris family were our neighbors when we lived on Westlawn Drive back in the day. My Brother Jeff wrestled with Aaron and I know that Mr. Norris was a very proud Father. I know that he was loved and I am very sorry for the Norris 's family 's loss. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Condolences, Kelli Rater Wright.

Mike Maggert

October 22, 2019

Granny was a great friend of the family. He had an office in the back of my dad's law office. I also worked for him for 2 years during the summer. Was a great boss! Will surely be missed. My condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers go out to you!