OBITUARY

Alan "Al" Verne Norton

August 16, 1935September 4, 2019

Alan (Al) Verne Norton, 84, of Columbia passed away on Wednesday September 4, 2019. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, September 9, 2019 at Missouri United Methodist Church. Reception to follow in the connecter area of the church. Burial will then take place at Memorial Park Cemetery at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Alan was born on August 16, 1935 in Dodge City, Kansas the son of Verne Norton and Ilene (Dillman) Norton. On June 13, 1954 he was united in marriage to Sandra (Hartman) Norton who survives. When they married Alan was a cattle farmer. He would return to school to become a teacher and a coach before getting a job as a pharmaceutical sales representative. It was at this time that the family moved to Columbia. Alan then embarked on a career as an agent with State Farm Insurance until his retirement. He was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club of Columbia and the Missouri United Methodist Church. He was an avid crappie fisherman and enjoyed frying and sharing his catch with family and friends. Alan was a man of few words but rather he was a “Doer”. He was a good listener, confidante and supportive friend. He will be remembered as someone you could always count on.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, Alan is survived by three daughters: Dina (Dan) Coffey of West Chicago, IL; Kay (Les) Johnson of Nixa, MO; Alana (Scott) Madsen of St. Charles, MO; eight grandsons: Nathan, Joshua, Barry, Stewart, David, Daniel, Nicholas and Quentin. He was preceded in death by one sister: Maxine Beery and one brother: Robert Norton.

Memorial donations can be made to Missouri Department of Conservation at P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 or Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201.

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to his wife of 64 years, Sandra, Alan is survived by three daughters: Dina (Dan) Coffey of West Chicago, IL; Kay (Les) Johnson of Nixa, MO; Alana (Scott) Madsen of St. Charles, MO; eight grandsons: Nathan, Joshua, Barry, Stewart, David, Daniel, Nicholas and Quentin.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Nathan Coffey
  • Joshua Coffey
  • Barry Johnson
  • Stewart Johnson
  • David Zust
  • Daniel Zust
  • Nicholas Madsen
  • Quentin Madsen
  • DONATIONS

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri United Methodist Church

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2019

Memories

Alan "Al" Verne Norton

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Harold L. Norton

September 9, 2019

Dear Sandra and family:
We send our deepest sympathy over the passing of Alan. This is a sad loss for us, as I had many fond memories of our younger life in Kalvesta. We did many interesting things on the farm that both would remember.
We send our fondest thoughts to you, Sandra, and the family.
With our love,
Harold and Kay Norton

Bruce Norton

September 9, 2019

I have fond memories of Alan from our visits to Kalvesta growing up. Alan was like a big brother...always ready to have fun, do the right thing and show others respect. Our deepest sympathy to Sandra and the girls...know you all miss him.

Love and prayers, Bruce & Marie Norton

Sarah Grim

September 9, 2019

Al Norton was my Mother Gladys' State Farm agent and my State Farm agent forever. Always kind, always ready to help. I worked with his daughter Kay, I believe, at Commerce Bank in the mid-1970s, enjoying her friendship and laughter as we helped bank customers and shared fun out and around Columbia. God speed, Al. It was great to know you had my family in your State Farm hands.

Beverly Huckaba

September 8, 2019

Sandy and family,
I was so sad to learn about Al. I’m sorry I am out of town but am sending loving wishes and prayers your way.
Bev Huckaba

Jan Holland

September 7, 2019

One of the most important men in my life—dearly loved Uncle Al. Great memories of him! He was such a good brother to my mother, Maxine Beery, making the long drive back to Kansas to see her even after she had moved into a nursing home. Hugs to Aunt Sandra, Dina, Kay and Alana and all their families! Love to all! Jan

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY