OBITUARY

Col. Raymond Lewis Norman USAF (ret.)

September 16, 1929April 24, 2019
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NORMAN, Raymond Lewis "Budd", 89, Colonel USAF (Ret.) a resident of Brandon, Fla. passed on to his heavenly reward April 24, 2019. He was proceeded in passage by the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Onalee Jean Norman (nee Rogers). Budd was born in Harveyton, Ky. on Sept 16, 1929 to the late Earl Theodore Norman and Rhoda Annie (nee Long) Norman.

He is survived by three children, Debra J. Norman (Raleigh N.C), Mark L. Norman (Tampa, Fla.), Michael S. Norman (Arlington, Tex.); and three loving grandchildren carry forth his legacy, Matthew L. Norman, Natalie A. Norman and Madison L. Norman. Colonel Norman was a 29 yr Air Force pilot who had served this country with Honor and distinction, spanning critical missions from the World War II era through Vietnam. His character and bravery personified the highest standard of military excellence. He was the recipient of numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross and several Air medal awards. A lifetime of service allowed him to develop friendships around the world. His insights and compassion will be deeply missed by all those he touched.

A visitation will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at Stowers Funeral Home Brandon, Fla. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Stowers Funeral Home. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. with full military honors.

  • FAMILY

  • Earl Theodore Norman, Father
  • Rhoda Annie Long Norman, Mother
  • Onalee Jean Rogers Norman, Wife
  • Debra J. Norman, Daughter
  • Mark L. Norman, Son
  • Michael S. Norman, Son
  • Matthew L. Norman, Grandson
  • Natalie A. Norman, Granddaughter
  • Madison L. Norman, Granddaughter

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Mike Davis

April 29, 2019

Knew Buddy pretty much my entire life. He would come up to KY each fall the last 25 years to stay with us and deer hunt. We had great times and many fun adventures. His special strawberry elixir was always welcome. You are gone but not forgotten my friend, see you in the happy hunting ground. The picture shows a special easy access tree stand we made for Uncle Buddy. I will think of you when I hunt from your stand.

Dene Aldridge

April 28, 2019

Mark, Debi, Mike and family,

As we expressed when Onalee passed away, the Normans are truly like family in our hearts. We were privileged to know Onalee for sixty-three years and Budd for seventy-nine years. We will miss both of them, but the footprints of their friendship will always be with us. Those living images we retain in our minds will help tremendously to lessen the loss.

Forever friends,
Sonny and Dene Aldridge

Maxine Fountain

April 27, 2019

Though Budd and Onalee lived on the other side of the continent from where I reside, occasional visits to Florida provided opportunities to visit . My most memorable time with them was the birth of the youngest grandchild, Madison. (my only granddaughter)
On June 25, 2001 Budd, Onalee and I sat in the waiting room when Mark brought Madison to visit with us for the first time. Budd, this dignified, retired Air Force colonel tenderly held her in his arms.
Every time I visited their home, Budd was kind, generous and caring towards his family and that included me. This slightly ‘gruff sounding’ serviceman, with a huge heart, will always be pictured in my mind cradling our tiny, shared grandchild. M

Sam & Bonnie Harris

April 27, 2019

Budd was a special, best friend to us and a valued friend to all who knew him. A man of many talents - and he was the best pilot I have known - always calm, smooth, knowledgable and dedicated. He served in the military with honor and distinction for more than 28 years. I was lucky and honored to fly with him on many occasions. He and Onalee were like a second Mom and Dad to me. May they rest in peace together in heaven. Sam & Bonnie Harris

Debi Norman

April 27, 2019

I love you Daddy. I miss you so much.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY