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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI

OBITUARY

Norman Robert Rector

March 10, 1928October 24, 2019

Norman Robert Rector passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the age of 91. He was born March 10, 1928 in Mason, MI, the son of Grover and Lizzie (Showerman) Rector. He was a graduate of Dansville High School where he pitched for the baseball team and was quarterback for the football team. He was a 4-H leader and coached the senior boys' softball team for several years. Norman worked at Oldsmobile, retiring after 30 years of service. He also farmed and gardened, selling his produce at local farmers' markets and a little road-side stand at his home. He loved visiting with all of the neighbors who came to his stand.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 68 years, Joyce; brothers, Floyd and James; sisters, Thelma and Francis; granddaughter-in-law, Jamie Rector. Surviving are his brother, Raymond Rector; sons, Dennis (Sue) Rector, Dale (Diane) Rector, Chris (Betty) Rector; daughter, Linda Rector; six grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Williamston Chapel. Interment will follow in Dennis Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm and on Wednesday from 10:00am until the time of service.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brian Rector
  • James Rector
  • Jared Rector
  • Jonah Rector
  • Matthew Copeland
  • Scott St. Martin
  • Doug Hull

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Memories

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Sharon Rector

October 29, 2019

Uncle Norm made our grandfathers clock and drove it down to Houston in his RV. John and I will think of him every time we walk by the clock. Uncle Norm was a fun person to play cards with. The family always got out the decks of cards and played till wee hours of the morning. I’ll remember his smile and the fun we had when together.

JANE REAGAN, Secretary, Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston

October 28, 2019

Dear family and friends of Norm: On behalf of the Board of Directors of Sowing Growth, the non-profit that operates the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston, please accept our condolences on your loss. Norm was a vendor at our Market until 2018 . He visited the Eastern Ingham Market twice this spring of 2019 and stopped by former Market Manager Marlene Epley's booth both times to visit. He was a very nice man and a reliable vendor for 4 or 5 years. We appreciate his love of growing and sharing his fresh fruits and vegetables and participation in farmers markets in our area both as a vendor and customer.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Norman Robert Rector passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the age of 91. He was born March 10, 1928 in Mason, MI, the son of Grover and Lizzie (Showerman) Rector. He was a graduate of Dansville High School where he pitched for the baseball team and was quarterback for the football team. He was a 4-H leader and coached the senior boys' softball team for several years. Norman worked at Oldsmobile, retiring after 30 years of service. He also farmed and gardened, selling his produce at local farmers' markets and a little road-side stand at his home. He loved visiting with all of the neighbors who came to his stand.