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Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary

6464 Chippewa Street, St. Louis, MO

OBITUARY

John R. Norris

June 19, 1923September 9, 2020
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John Richard Norris passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the age of 97 with his loving family at his side.

John was the beloved husband of Nora Beiswenger and the late Janice J. Norris; devoted father of Lynne (the late Gene) Springman, John F. Norris, Timothy Paul (Cynthia) Norris, and the late James Robert Norris; loving grandfather of Sherri (Timothy) Schulte, Kimberly (Ron) Reineri, Kelly (Bruce) Willhite, Scott (Tracy) Springman, Kyrie Norris, Lisa Norris, Brenton Norris, Erica (Brendan)Hangauer, Layne Norris, Paul Beiswenger, Liza Lindsey, Leila Hunter, and the late Allen Norris; dear great-grandfather of 20 and great-great grandfather of 10; dear brother of Mary (the late Don) Laughmiller, Carol (the late Buck) Kroeger, Robert Lynn (Patsy) Norris, and the late Jean Grogg, the late Doris (the late Worth) Woolsey, and the late Harrison (the late Kay) Norris; dear stepfather of Lenore (Don) Anderson, Christine (Scott) Berlinger, David (Judy) Nothstine, Mark (Beverly) Beiswenger, Jill (the late Kurt) Hunter, and the late David Wright; dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin, and friend to many in his lifetime.

John, "Rich" or "Grandpa Rich" as he was affectionately known to his family and grandkids, was born in Du Quoin Illinois in 1923 to John W. and Blanche M. Norris. He served his country as a United States Marine during World War II in the South Pacific.

John retired as Vice President, Treasurer, and CFO of the National Benevolent Association where he revolutionized the accounting system for 38 homes for children and the aged.

He was a gardener, a music lover, a St. Louis Cardinals fan, and as a young man, tried out for the St. Louis Browns. One of the greatest thrills of his life was seeing Babe Ruth play. He was a talented amateur photographer, and has photos he took from almost every state in the Union.

He was a man of dedicated Christian beliefs which he practiced daily. He was devoted to his family and loved spending time with them. He was a patriot who was proud of his service to our country. We will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him, and he will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 15 from 9-11am at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa Street 63109. A Celebration of John's Life will commence at 11am. John will then be laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where Full Military Honors will be bestowed. Because of COVID, masks must be worn by all who enter the building.

Contributions in John's memory to The National Benevolent Association are greatly appreciated.

Please leave your favorite memory of John for his family to cherish at the "Add a Memory" link below.

Services

  • Visitation - Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • A Celebration of John's Life - Tuesday

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Committal Service with Full Military Honors

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Memories

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Sandra Drennan

September 17, 2020

Don Brewer

September 15, 2020

John Norris was a bright, caring and gentle man. With fond memories of working with John for many years, I am so sorry to learn of his passing. He not only kept NBA finances in accounting, legal and ethical order, he gave outstanding leadership for the future of the organization in his quiet ways. When John spoke in administrative meetings, every one listened.
All best wishes to his family. May your good memories and the ever-presence of God’s love comfort you in the days and years ahead. Don Brewer

Vicki Winter

September 14, 2020

John, my dear next door neighbor for many years. When he married the lovely Nora, the neighborhood found a new light! Jim and I enjoyed the years of getting together with wine, cheese and lively conversation. It was a privilege and joy to know John and consider him a very dear friend. I'll miss him so much.

Vicki Winter

Jill Hunter

September 14, 2020

John was a strong, kind man. Smart. Principled. Open minded. He and my mom were excellent partners. It makes me happy to think of their time together. I'll miss him.

Marianna Riley

September 11, 2020

My association with John Norris begins with his life with my friend, Nora, and my favorite memories begin with their beautiful wedding at Powell Symphony Hall and continue through the many concerts that John's later blindness did not prevent them from attending. I remember late one winter evening, watching the two of them leave Powell Hall, Nora in her long black cape and John, handsome and dignified with his cane.
"There goes my favorite couple," an usher said to me as she watched them leave. "Mine too," I said.
John's life was an inspiration. Marshall and I are honored to have known him.

Edie Crane

September 11, 2020

A favorite cousin. The first young man I ever saw in uniform as I was so young when WWII began. For a long time I thought all young men in uniform were relatives. He was always so interesting and so smart and a joy to see.

Tom & Kim Conroy

September 11, 2020

Handsome and kind, smart and funny -a gentleman in every respect. John and Nora were such of wonderful couple to work and play with! We had lots of delicious dinners together - often ending in a little sing along. We will miss you John! Love, Kim and Tom

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