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Norman D. Gander
obit - Norman Gander 7-26

Norman Gander, 66, of Soldiers Grove passed away on July 16, 2012 at Vernon Memorial with Hospice Care.

He was born on October 6, 1945 in Crawford County, the son of Ivan and Venece Gander. On October 25, 1969 he married Linda Horner in Woodstock.

Norman worked as a clerk at the Holiday Station in Viroqua, as meat cutter for Richland Locker in Richland Center and held various job descriptions at Advance Transformer in Boscobel.

Norman enjoyed playing cards with his Dad and brothers and he also enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially taking his grandson on his first deer hunt. For several years Norman owned and operated Blackstone Guns and Repair. He loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughters.

Norman is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda; two daughters, Denise (Gary) Schmit and Danelle (Rick) Young of Soldiers Grove; four grandchildren, Sondra (Brett) Pettit, Gays Mills, Renee Schmit, Seneca, Kayla Schmit and Dante’ Sanchez, Soldiers Grove; two great-granddaughters, Haydyn and Lilli Pettit; one brother, LeRoyce (Margaret) Gander, Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; two sisters, LaVerna (Allan) Orethun and Sherry (Brad) Watters, Soldiers Grove, one brother-in-law, Randy (Shari) Horner, Plover and two sisters-in-law, Della (Gander) Longmire, Lone Rock and Patsy Loftis, Clinton; an uncle, Avery Holton, South Beloit, Ill., and numerous nephews, nieces, step brothers-in-law and step sisters-in-law and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Venece; one brother, Arlie; his in-laws, Elaine and Ray Piepenhagen and Robert Horner; a sister-in-law, Sherry Moen and brother-in-law, Rollie Piepenhagen.

Norman was laid to rest at the North Clayton Cemetery on Saturday, July 21, 2012 with a graveside service held at 10 a.m. A luncheon was served at the North Clayton Church, rural Soldiers Grove following the service.

The Sime Funeral Home in Readstown assisted the family with arrangements.

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