In memory of

George Norris

July 30, 1919 - July 29, 2020
From: Nemaha, IA
George Norris

George Norris

Born: July 30, 1919
Died: July 29, 2020
Age: 100
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   ***MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY: There has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Nemaha United Methodist Church congregation.  Please take any precautions you believe necessary to protect yourself and others, including not attending the service/staying home.  Masks and social distancing will be expected.

   George Norris, age 100 of Nemaha, IA, passed away on July 29, 2020, at Humboldt Care Center North in Humboldt, IA.  George Washington Norris was born on July 30, 1919, in Yutan, Union Township, NE, to parents Marcus and Elise (Wagamann) Norris.  He graduated high school at 16 years old in 1936, and was nominated to serve in Conservation Corps (CCC).  In the fall of 1939, George began to study at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE with a major in Engineering.  On August 8, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Air Corps to serve his country.  He served in the United States, non-combat due to being color blind, until the end of WWII.  He earned the rank of Sergeant and Instructor and was honorably discharged on December 17, 1945, returning home two days later. 

   After George returned home from war, he returned to Wayne State College under the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1948.  He met Kathryn Deloris Anderson while they were both teaching in Avon, SD.  The two were united in marriage on August 20, 1949, in the Wakonda Baptist Church in South Dakota.  This union was blessed with four children: Jack, David, Michael and Georgia.

   In 1953, George earned his Masters of Education degree at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  He and Kathryn and their family then moved to Winside, NE, where George was Superintendent of Schools for a few years.  In 1958, they made a final move to Nemaha, IA, where George began his service as principal of the new Crestland Community Schools.  George continued as both a teacher and administrator until his resignation in 1980. 

   George was a member of the Nemaha United Methodist Church, St. Elmo Masonic Lodge and a lifelong member of the American Legion.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Jack L. Norris of Euless, TX, David G. Norris of Houston, TX, Michael K. Norris (LuAnn) of Lake View, IA and Georgia Norris Vajpeyi of Nemaha, IA; three granddaughters: Kristen Norris of Sac City, IA, Stephanie (Matt) Strode of Minneapolis, MN, and Shawna Norris (Chad Reddick) of Glendale, CA;  three grandsons: Kyle Norris of Sac City, IA, Eashaan Vajpeyi of Cedar Falls, IA, and Varun Vajpeyi of Denver, CO; two great-grandchildren: Marlowe and Ezra ; nieces and nephews: Nancy Norris of NC, Bonnie (Rodger) Freudenburg of NE, Mary Jo Hansen of NE, Christie (Mike) Gabel of SD, Dick (Linda) Anderson of SD, Doug (Valerie) Anderson of ID, Jane Watkins of NE, Jerry (Kathy) Anderson of  SD,  and Bruce (Cheryl) Anderson of SD; many great nieces, great nephews, extended family members and friends. 

   George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Kathy; sister Maxine (Alvin) Goerkin; two brothers: V.Lee (Alphadeen) Norris and Leon (Olive) Norris; sisters-in-law Dorothy (Nels) Petersen and Carol Anderson; brothers-in-law: Russell (Leone) Anderson and Willard (Marjorie) Anderson;  nieces and nephews: Janet (Tim) Hollingsworth, J. Kennard Petersen, and George Watkins.

Gifts and Memorials may be directed to the Nemaha United Methodist Church at:
120 North 4th Avenue
Nemaha, Iowa 50567

Memorial Service
10:00 a.m., Monday
September 21, 2020
United Methodist Church
Nemaha, Iowa
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sunday
September 20, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Delaware Township Cemetery
Nemaha, Iowa


Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 2:14 PM
“I was a student at the Nemaha Consolidated School (later Crestland) from 1951 to 1962. I remember when George became principal at Nemaha. He was easy going and had a great smile and laugh. When I would come back from New York City for visits, I sometimes saw him and my cousin Tom Hicks at Hazel's Cafe in Nemaha. He had a long life at 100 years, with many friends. We should all be so lucky.”
- Ted Hicks
Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 6:10 PM
“George was my principal for many years when teaching at Nemaha. Such a kind and gentle soul. He truly loved the children, his staff, and the value of education. I feel blessed to have known him!”
- Jane Bisenius
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM
“What a wonderfully, kind man Mr. Norris was. He always had a smile. I'm very sorry for your loss.”
- Jenny (Ringgenberg) Price
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:44 AM
“So sorry for your loss...prayers for all of you”
- Cindy and Ron Williams
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4:11 PM
“Rest In Peace young man Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:46 AM
“Our deepest codolences to George's family and the Nemaha community. George could easily be called a founding father without hesitation. I was blessed to meet him at church and enjoyed many a conversation where he would start with "Well , young man". God has called home one of his angels and obviously not before he was finished with his work through George. 100 years old. God rest his soul in eternal peace.”
- Randall Kehres
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:46 AM
“I’m very sorry to hear of Mr. Norris’s passing. So many memories. He encouraged us think, he’d give us the time to look at the problem & it usually worked. May God hold you close as you mourn his passing. ”
- Sue Mason Malloy
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 9:46 AM
“So sorry, I always had great admonition for Principle Norris, a great inspiration to several young generations.”
- David Musselman
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:42 PM
“So sorry for your loss. He was a great friend and principal threw my grade school years. He will be missed. R.i.p. ”
- leora riley
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“George was a favorite teacher, principal and a good friend. He worked hard to make me a more careful and thoughtful person. He was a good friend to my parents and he always seemed to revel in any success I had in life. He will always be a part of me.”
- Dr. Gary Davis
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“Mike and LuAnn Our deepest sympathies to you and all your family”
- Mark and Tami Auen
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“Mike, LuAnn, and family, So sorry to hear of George's passing....May God wrap his arms around you during this most difficult time.....”
- Melissa L Dornath
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“My sincere condolences to George's family. I had the pleasure of knowing George through Crestland school in Early.”
- Rebecca (Wadsley) Strange
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“Our condolences to the family! George was my principal at the Nemaha school. Jack was in my class in school. George was a very nice man and will be missed by many.”
- Demaris and Jerry Bloyer
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“I have fond memories of going to grade school in Nemaha in the 1970's. Mr. Norris was a great example for the kids on how to treat and respect others. He was there for generations of kids who benefited from his intelligence and decency. I'm sorry for your loss. He was a special person.”
- Brad Pautsch
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 3:41 PM
“Blessings to George in his transition and to the entire family at this time. He was a wonderful man, principal to many of us, and community member of Nemaha. ”
- Debra Cook
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