September 10, 1968 – October 31, 2019
Norman Edgar Halsey
Norman died October 31, 2019 after a long struggle with diabetes and kidney disease. He was a resident of Burcham Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation at the time of his death. Norman was born September 10, 1968 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Linda (Britton) and John Halsey. He grew up in the college towns of Madison, Wisconsin and East Lansing, where the family moved in 1976. He graduated from East Lansing High School in 1986.
Norman loved to cook and worked in the local restaurant industry his entire career. He ended up as a cook at the Peanut Barrel, across the street from Michigan State University in East Lansing.
He loved traveling and visited many national parks in the US and many countries in Europe with his parents. Cruising became a favorite kind of travel in his later years. He loved sports and attended many seasons of MSU basketball until health issues made it too difficult for him to get to the games. At the end of his life he spent much of his time reading modern fiction, eating spicy-hot Indian food, watching movies on DVD and listening to classic rock music.
He will be cremated, as per his wishes, and buried near him maternal grandparents in Midland, Michigan.
There will be no visitation at this time but a memorial service will be held December 5 at 2 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home on Grand River in East Lansing.
Donations may be made to the Ingham County Animal Shelter, 600 Buhl St., Mason, MI 48854 or the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906
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1730 East Grand River Avenue
November 11, 2019
I’m so deeply saddened by this loss, my thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
I remember Norm in chorus during middle school, but it wasn’t until we both worked at Beggars in college that we became friends. Norm was unique: a philosopher with a sense of humor. But what stands out most is that he was such a kind person, a gentle soul. I’m grateful to have known him.
November 8, 2019
I'm so sad to hear of Norman’s passing. He was a great guy. We met in high school and became good friends in my junior year. The 80’s were a very conformist decade and Norm was a true non-conformist. I think the first time I met him, he was wearing brown corduroy pants - unheard of in the 80’s! I was instantly drawn to him. When I saw him sing with the band “Lost Children” at The Time Tunnel, I saw that he was just as non-conformist as a front man for that band. He made no effort to sound anything like the original singer of the song he was covering. I remember him singing “Good Times Bad Times” by Led Zeppelin an octave lower than the original. It was like if Leonard Cohen was the singer for Zep. And he did it with total confidence. Later, he sang in the popular punk band “Trial By Death” with a similar, unique style and presence. I loved it!
We hung out constantly for the next several years, throughout my high school and college days. It was a good mix of shenanigans and deep, philosophical conversations. Norm was a brilliant and fascinating guy. He was also the life of the party. He used to lip sync to Rolling Stones songs, doing all Mick’s crazy dance moves and really playing up those ample lips that he had. In my dorm room, we would crank up “Brown Sugar” on vinyl and invite people from up and down the hall to watch Norm’s show. Everybody loved it!
My wife Kristy always loved Norman too. For a guy who would break down societal norms, and who wrote some very raunchy (and hilarious) lyrics, he was also a true gentleman. Kristy recalls that Norm always treated her as a whole person, and not just as my girlfriend/wife. The last time I saw Norm was at my brother’s memorial. It was clear that he was starting to have some health issues, but he still made it out to pay his respects. He was wearing shorts, with knee high tube socks and sandals! Classic Norm. We had a bunch of laughs on a very sad day, and he was very comforting to us. Rest In Peace, my brother.
November 3, 2019
I was so saddened to hear of his passing. I went to school with Norman in East Lansing and remember his witty humor. I have great memories of us at Pinecrest Elementary School in East Lansing. We were in Cub Scouts together, too. One memory, in particular, was from 2nd grade when we went on a field trip to the Lansing Gardens to pick out a small pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Norman had chosen one that took several people, including my mom to help get it on the bus! He was such an outgoing and fun person to be around, and I know will be missed by all who knew him.
November 2, 2019
Norman and I met a long time ago when we were children, we met soon after he and his parents moved to East Lansing. He was a brilliant person in so many areas, incredibly thoughtful and creative. His love of music will always remain a wonderful memory to me. He was so very smart and funny that it was always fun to do something with him like go to a concert or just hang out and talk about things, he was a very deep thinker. As children we would invent games to play and spend time together discovering new things. I have so many fond memories of Norm thoughout all the different phases of our lives, I will truly miss him. I feel so very sorry for his family, I am thinking of you too and the times I spent with you also. Norman was a deeply gifted person who touched many people during his life and will be remembered by his friends forever. Bless you Norm, may you rest in peace.
November 2, 2019
Stan and I send our condolences. Norman was a wonderful person. Sending love to you both. Linda and Stan
November 2, 2019
Until last month, I had never met Norman, but I had known of him through working with his mother for many years at MSU. Our paths finally crossed, in what would be the final chapter of Notman’s life, when he and my brother roomed together at Burcham Hills. During that all-too-brief experience, I learned what a truly special guy he was. Intellectually brilliant, profoundly socially aware, athletically astute, and quietly well spoken, Norman was someone with whom it was a pleasure to engage with conversationally. He was simply a great guy in a bad body, and unfortunately, that body finally wore out.
Our thoughts are with his parents and family during this difficult time. One might guess that Norman is once again adorned in an apron and chef’s hat in the kitchen of the afterlife not only creating culinary perfection, but continuing to baffle everyone with the nightly chili ratings like he did at Beggars. Godspeed, Norman!
Glen and Robert Brough
November 1, 2019
Linda and John, My heart is heavy for you upon learning of Norman's passing. Our boys started out their public school life together at Pinecrest School. We have known Norman for a long time. We are aware of his physical struggles. His patience with them is admirable. I will be in touch. Barbara Reinke