Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


Norman Lee Bennink

October 16, 1946February 24, 2020

Norman Lee Bennink, age 73, passed away on February 24, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA. A memorial service will be held at Ankeny Funeral Home on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

Norman was born in Jefferson, IA to Rufus and Josephine (Huntley) Bennink on October 16, 1946. He lived his life on a farm and graduated high school in Panora, IA. On October 16, 1982 he and Deborah Keraus Shook were united in marriage.

Norman is survived by his wife of 37 years (Deborah), two brothers (Carroll and Rodney), four children (Brenda, Bryon, Brett, and Lisa), eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was anticipating the arrival of twin great-grandchildren this summer. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Ronnie.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, a donation to the Habitat For Humanity would be appreciated.


  • Mike Wiskus, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Joey Woxell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tommy Woxell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • John Keraus, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bryon Bennink, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tim Thomas, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rick Thomas, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 27, 2020


Norman Lee Bennink

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Gail Zagoren

March 3, 2020

Dear Carroll,
Allen and I were deeply sorry to hear about your brother. We send our deepest condolences to you and your family. We hope wonderful memories will soon replace the grief you feel now.

Gail and Allen Zagoren

Nancy (Berkley) Armstrong

February 28, 2020

We were high school friends. Had a lot of fun together. He was such a happy kind of guy, liked by everyone. Sorry to hear that he is gone!!

Tim Thomas

February 26, 2020

The best memories and gift I could ever receive From Norm (Papa) is his generosity and joy in his love of carpentry. He taught me everything I know in building and I enjoyed our times together where he could teach and I could learn the tricks and trade of what we both have a passion for. Although his teachings are over, his knowledge and eagerness to help friends and family will live on, as I plan to pass down his skills and knowledge to my son (Barrett). I have some big shoes to fill if I want to take on what you lived everyday for. But, I feel you’ve instilled your best qualities in me and I’ll be sure to put as much love, sweat, tears... and beers, in everything I do. I love you and you will forever be missed.

Lisa Thomas

February 26, 2020

Oh, pops... where do I begin? You taught me everything I know. And then some. Your heart was pure gold. Every time I asked how to do something you would say, “I’ll be right there.” You treated me as if I was your true daughter, and wouldn’t ever let me think otherwise. Well, just so you know, that made my heart full. Your stories always taught me something, as well as made me laugh. And your laugh... wow... one of the greatest sounds I have ever heard. We had many emotional conversations, and you always made me feel better. Every time I told anyone you were coming to visit, they would change their plans to be there to see you. I could go on forever talking about how wonderful of a man you were. And I probably will. I love you so much, pops. Rest In Peace. We will meet again someday.

David & Paula Lange

February 26, 2020

Paula and I want to send condolences on learning of Norman's passing. His daughter lived across from our daughter Cyndi Olson and he helped install cabinets in our house in Ankeny as well as putting a new dining room table together. We send our sincere sympathy to his family and may God be with you during this difficult time.

Nikki Keraus

February 26, 2020

Norm loved to laugh. He always had a joke or a story. Even when telling a story about something that upset him he would find something to laugh about. He loved working with his hands and creating welcoming spaces in their various homes. Norm loved to cook. Just thinking about his cheese soup makes me hungry. He and Deb worked together as a team in all areas of their lives . Their love, caring and mutual respect for one another shone out wherever they were. He loved his family and spent much of his time when he wasn’t working a job doing something to make their lives better. His passing leaves a hole in the fabric of the family. He will be greatly missed.

Laura Shook

February 26, 2020

We always enjoyed our family get togethers at Lisa’s with Norm and Debbie. Norm was always a cheerful and fun guy. Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family at this difficult time.