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Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR

OBITUARY

Normand Dean McMurtry

April 7, 1932January 12, 2020

Normand Dean McMurtry, age 87, of Aloha, Oregon passed away on Sunday January 12, 2020. Normand was born April 7, 1932 in Heartwell, Nebraska to Lonnie and Hazel McMurtry. The family moved to Idaho in 1937 when Norm was just five years old. In 1942 they packed all of their belongings into a 28 Model A pick-up pulling a utility trailer and relocated to Hillsboro, Oregon. Norm attended Orenco Elementary and graduated from Hillsboro High School.

In 1951 Norm joined the Army Reserves and entered active service three years later. He completed eight weeks of basic training at Ft. Ord and twelve weeks of Amphibious Tank School at Camp Pendleton. Norm went into service as a Corporal and eventually made Sergeant First Class. He was deployed to Alaska for fourteen months. This was considered overseas at the time since Alaska had not become a state yet.

On August 14, 1954 Norm married the love of his life, Dolores. She moved to Alaska for a year to be with him. While in Alaska Norm enjoyed fishing in the lakes and hunting caribou, moose, bears, rabbits, and even chased some buffalo. Norm came home to the states in December of 1955 and settled into a routine life again. He worked as a switchman for Northern Pacific Terminal Co. for thirty-eight years. After his retirement in 1994, Norm did lots of fun things. He liked fishing, hunting, doing odd jobs, and taking his beloved wife bowling. Norm was the greatest Dad to Sue, Kim, Alan, and Aaron. He played lots of card games with his grandsons; Josh, Tommy, Brandon, and Mychal. His great grandson, Cooper Thomas, was a great joy in Norm’s life.

A memorial service for Normand will be held Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 PM at Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR 97229, followed by a reception.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.skylinememorialgardens.com for the McMurtry family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, January 25, 2020

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Normand Dean McMurtry

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Irene Bottom

January 24, 2020

Norm and Dee were our dear friends in Alaska and have remained dear friends since. We have kept in touch all these many years and it is so sad to hear the news of Norm's passing.
My thoughts, prayers and love goes out to Dee and all the family.
Love, Irene

Nona Donaldson

January 17, 2020

Normand has always been more like a big brother than a cousin to me. Even though we didn't see each other near enough, that did not make any difference in the love we shared. When we did talk we always had a laugh or two. He was a wonderful caring person and will be so missed.

Kay Brouse

January 17, 2020

It was about 22 years ago and we (My husband Cello, son Devan and brother Bill) went to visit. We got completly lost trying to find their house! I called and talked to Norman - I told him what gas station we were at (of which there was one on every corner), we couldn't find any street names - I was describing what was around - Bill was running into the gas station to try and get the address but before he got back Norman said just stay there I will find you. Sure enough in no time at all he was there!!! All of our visits were so fun (of which there haven't been enough) . When I think of Norman I think of his sweet, sweet spirit. His light was so bright it shined out through his eyes. Heaven surely has a shiny new angel. Love and prayers to the family, we are thinking of you. Love Cello, Kay, Devan and Sophie.

Bunny Hovey

January 16, 2020

Norm is my daughter-in-law, Kim's father. I have met him several times and he and Dee are truly wonderful people.
My sympathy and prayer go to his wife and family.

Mike and Paulette Hurt

January 16, 2020

Norm was one of the best neighbors you could ever have and one of the kindest people you could be lucky enough to call a friend. He will be missed!!!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY