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Hobart Elliott Norris, 1895-1992

Unionville Republican [MO] - February 1992
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  Hobart E. Norris, 96, a resident of Unionville, died Friday, January 31, 1992 at his home.
  The son of Charles and Martha Elliott Norris, he was born October 11, 1895 at Numa, Iowa.
  On November 22, 1919 in Des Moines, Iowa he married Lola Alice Packard and she preceded him in death. Four children were born to this union.
  On June 2, 1960 in Centerville, Iowa he married Elizabeth Atkins and she survives.
  Also surviving are one daughter, Charlene Griswold; two sons, Robert and Verba Norris and Donald and Donna Norris, all of Unionville; ten grandchildren, Ronald Norris, Waterloo, Iowa, Deborah Griswold Roney, Gilroy, Calif., Katharine Lee Mika, Michigan, Randall Griswold, Jean Ann Garten, Paula McCormack, Jeff Norris, Doug Norris, Patricia Carter and Michael Norris, all of Unonville; twenty great-grandchildren, Jessica Miller, Douglas Roney, Andrea Roney, all of Gilroy, Calif., Brandon Bennett, Brant McCormack, Amy McCormack, all of Unionville, Robert Young, Rachelle Mika, Katie Mika, Jacob Mika, Jason Maring, Jennifer Norris, LOea Ann Norris,  Bradley Norris, Joseph Carter, Marty Carter, Wesley Carter, Ronald Norris, Patrick Norris, and Kathrine Norris; five great-great-grandchildren, Justin Miller, David Norris, Sherri Norris, Roberta Norris and Jason Norris; and an adopted sister, Helen Rigger Messersmith.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Howard Norris; three grand-children, David Richard, Robert Norris and Karen Norris; three brothers, Vurl Norris, Lloyd Norris, an infant, Boyd Norris; and a step-son, Ralph Belles.
  He attended elementary school in Numa and graduated from the Seymour High School.
  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 31, 1917 [entered service at Chicago, IL*] and served in WWI in France [1 May 1918 to 13 June 1919*]. He was honorably discharged on June 18, 1919 at Mitchell Field, New York [Discharge recorded in Centerville, Appanoose County, IA, on 23 June 1921; Serial No. 783457*] .
  Hobart farmed in Cincinnati, Iowa and later owned the Prospect Dairy in Centerville, Iowa for nine years. He moved to Putnam County in 1941. He retired in 1954 and began spending the winder months in Florida.
  He was a member of Prosperity Lodge #504 A.F. & A.M., Cincinnati, Iowa, Moila Shrine Temple at St. Joseph, Kaaba Shrine in Davenport, Iowa, the American Legion, and a member of Centerville Elks Lodge. Hobart was active for many years in the 4-H clubs and was a member of the school board when West Putnam was formed.
  Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 3, 1992 in the Comstock Funeral Home with Evangelist Sammy Valentine officiating. Interment was in the Unionville Cemetery.
  Pallbearers were Doug Norris, Jeff Norris, Dwaine McCormack, David Roney, Paul Mika, Randy Garten and Randall Griswold.
  Vocalist Joy Butler sang In the Garden and Beyond the Sunset accompanied by Shirley Comstock, organist. 
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  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution of the above obituary to  The Jerome Journal by Gale Norris of Unionville, MO.
  *Information in [ ]s related to his military service from Veteran's Record compiled by American Legion Post #180 in Seymour, IA. 

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