Paul R. Norby, of Mora, formerly of St. Louis Park, MN, passed away on Saturday October 13, 2012 at his home. He was 92 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8115 Hwy 7, St Louis Park, MN with Rev. Judy Francis officiating.
VISITATION will be 1 hr. prior to the service at the church.
INTERMENT will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm at Assembly Area #4.
Paul’s parents, Ole and Gertrude (Kristianson) Norby of Minneapolis, were visiting relatives in Vestfossen, Norway, where Paul was born on November 3, 1919. He and his sister Lorraine grew up in Minneapolis. Paul graduated from West High School in 1939. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army and was discharges in 1946. In 1947 he married Mamie Huhta and in 1948 their son, Dennis, was born. Paul and Mamie settled in St. Louis Park and joined Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in its early days. Paul was active in the Boy Scouts and became a Scoutmaster of fledgling Troop 232, and later served on the Viking Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Paul had a long working career at Archer Daniel Midland Milling Co. He worked as a cereal chemist, doing quality control work analyzing grain and flour samples; eventually becoming a lab supervisor. He participated in the company’s golf and bowling leagues for many years. He retired from A.D.M. in 1985.
Paul could be called a “joiner”. He belonged to the American Legion, and was an active member of the Sons of Norway – Oslo Lodge, where he participated in many lodge sponsored cross country skiing events. He had many interests. Besides cross country skiing he loved to read, dabble in photography, and he even built two small boats: a 9 foot sail boat and a 7 foot jon-boat. But Paul’s passion was fishing. He spent many fishing openers with his friends at Lake Mille Lacs. After retiring he bought a fishing boat; his pride and joy. He would spend hours pampering that boat, making it just so. For many years Paul and Mamie would rent a cabin for 6 weeks each summer on Toad Lake by Detroit Lake, MN. Here they would relax, visit relatives and fish. On occasion Paul’s close friends Matt and Donna would stop by, and guess what?; they would fish, even if the fish weren’t biting.
Age and arthritis finally took a toll on Paul. He took his last fishing trip this past June. He was invited to go on a launch on Lake Mille Lacs. He enjoyed it, but his arthritis really bothered him. Paul is at peace now – he can fish forever. Paul made friends easily. He will be deeply missed by all.
Paul’s wife, Mamie passed away on May 24, 2012. He is survived by his son Dennis of Mora, MN; and sister Lorraine Kessler; plus nieces and nephews.
God Bless You, Dad