OBITUARY

Norman Howard Twait

June 11, 1936March 23, 2018
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Norman Howard Twait was born on June 11, 1936 in Graceville, Minnesota and passed away on March 23, 2018 in Copperas Cove, Texas

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  • Vistation Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, April 2, 2018
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Patrick Webster

July 3, 2018

What could you say about Norman. He was quit most of the time but when something made him smile he would light up the room. Even though I only knew him for a few years I looked at him as a friend and someone we loved to play games with. We would stay with him and Donna when we came to Tx. and they would come to our house in Michigan. We would always look forward to seeing our Texas family. We loved Norman and will continue to love Donna.

Todd Twait

April 3, 2018

Dad, thank you for helping me become the man I am today, you were a great role model. Words cannot express how much I will miss you. You were a great Dad to me and Stacy and grandpa to Zackery.

Stacy Twait

April 3, 2018

Norman was truly a great man, over the last 19 years he has become very dear to me. He was a big part of our lives and I am honored to have known him. He raised his son to be a wonderful man which allowed me to have a wonderful husband. He was an amazing grandpa to Zackery, I hope he knows how much that meant to me. He will never be forgotten, he will live forever in our hearts. -Stacy.

Zackery Twait

April 3, 2018

You are the best grandpa ever. I love you very much. I will never forget the days we spent time together, like the days we went to breakfast together and got to hang out. I will miss our family dinners. I will think of you when I see wrestling and racing on TV. I love you all the way around the world and back and I will see you one day when I die. Love, Zackery.

Lonnie and Gail Cox

April 2, 2018

Norman was a quiet man with a lot of wisdom to share. He provided his children with a positive role model and support for his family. We are privileged to call him friend and family.

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Biography

      Norman Howard Twait was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Howard Marion Twait & Velma Elise (Ratcliff) Twait. Norman was raised in Chico, Minnesota and Alexandria Minnesota. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Twait household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Norman was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Norman was raised with 2 siblings. He had younger sister Arlene and a younger brother Marvin. Norman was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Norman and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Norman was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Norman was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Norman developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Norman took part in horseback riding. Norman's memorable achievements included. However, what Norman enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Norman as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1955. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Norman was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Norman always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Norman handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Norman was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Norman was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Norman well during his college experience. He earned 2 Associate's degrees. His favorite courses were Old and New Testament Bible Studies.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Norman was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Norman was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Norman to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were cousins Jack & Jerry Ratcliff.

      On September 16, 1961 Norman exchanged wedding vows with Donna Mae Betty Kline at the Pastor Distad Home of Webster, South Dakota. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment.

      Norman brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Norman was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Norman was blessed with Five Children, One daughter Terri (deceased) and four sons Timothy, Tyler, Toby and Todd. They were also blessed with three grandchildren, Zackery, Macie, T. Hunter.

      Norman greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Norman enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Norman was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was MIlitary Service. He served over 29 years in the U. S. Army. Norman worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Norman was an Army Veteran. Starting in 1955 Norman was stationed in numerous states plus one tour in Korea, three tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam. Norman saw action for two tours in Vietnam. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded Army Service ribbon, overseas service ribbon, numeral 4, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service with Silver Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good COnduct Medal with Silver 4 loops, Vietnam Cross of Gallentry with Palm, and Meritorious Service Medal. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Norman seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Norman liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Norman always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were travelling, board & card games, Westerns on TV. Norman was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Norman found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included walking in the neighborhood. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Nascar Racing, Football, Men & Women's Basketball (both Pro and College).

      Many organizations were grateful to have Norman as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Norman was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Norman coached T-ball, baseball, basketball forth DYA.

      As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Norman was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Norman preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Norman was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Politically, Norman was dedicated voter for his choice (who would do the job best).

      Norman was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a Christian man who loved God, Family & Country. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Norman enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Norman appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Norman always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Branson, MO; San Jacinto, TX; Mount Rushmore-Custer's Last Stand in Montana.

      Norman was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Norman’s favorites was Champagne-a yellow lab/chow mix dog. They were best friends for about 10 years-they loved their neighborhood walks. His family was rounded out by his Lucky our veseue cat, Suzette apricot poodle and Nuggett red puddle.

      When Norman’s retirement finally arrived in November 2, 1984, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Fort Hood, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in travel, visiting friends & family, college. Even in retirement, Norman continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Norman Howard Twait passed away on March 23, 2018 at at home in Copperas Cove, Texas. He is survived by wife, Donna; children Timothy, Tyler, Toby and Todd; grandchildren Zackery, Macie, T. Hunter; and sister Arlene. Celebration of Live were held at Crawford-Bowers in Copperas Cove, MIlitary Services with Honors at Central Texas State Veteran's Cemetery. Norman was laid to rest at Central Texas State Veteran's Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Norman Howard Twait. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.