Harry Norman

Harry E. Norman, 84, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Harry was born on Nov. 13, 1933 in Big Springs, Nebraska to Ralph E. Norman and Ora Watkins. He had nine loving brothers and sisters. 

After graduating from high school, Harry went directly into the United States Air Force and served his country in the Korean War. After his discharge from the Air Force, Harry began traveling around the Midwest building grain elevators and doing general construction. 

While working in Stratton, Colorado, he met his life-long love, Gladys Smelker, who passed away Feb. 7, 2013. They married in 1959 and had four children. 

Harry and Gladys moved to North Platte, Neb., where he began working for Musgrove Construction. 

Harry was a hard-working man who always put his family first. He partnered with Martin Piskorski in the early 70s and together they purchased General Constructors and built many commercial buildings in Nebraska/Colorado area, including Centennial Retirement Center, St. Patrick’s Parish Center and Callahan Cancer Center, among many others.

Harry is preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; his parents, Ralph and Ora; brothers, Ordell, Verdell, Maynard and Donald; sisters, Lorraine, Eleanor, Esther and Marilyn; and one great-grandson, Nolan Petersen. 

He is survived by family who thought the absolute world of their brother, dad, grandad and great-grandad. Survivors include his sister, Ardith Sexson; children Diana (Todd) Petersen, Trina Norman, Steve (Teresa) Norman, Rhonda (James) Bopp; grandchildren, Sarah (Sean) Hull, Carey (Ka’Ron) Johnson, Matt (Angela) Petersen, Alanna Petersen, Ryan Hill, Noah Hill, Greggory Norman, Grant Norman, Natalie (Matt) Schneider, Mariah Bopp and Anah Bopp; great-grandchildren, Alexander Hull, Abbigail Hull, Ella Schneider, Greyson Schneider and Willa Petersen. All of whom loved him dearly and will continue his legacy with honor and pride.

Services were held Monday, Aug. 6 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte. Burial followed at Ft. McPherson Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com.

Carpenter Memorial Chapel of North Platte was in charge of arrangements. 

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