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Norman Norbert Suurmeier was born on April 22, 1932 to Lester and Elsie (Weisz) Suurmeier on the family farm northwest of Scotland, South Dakota. He attended country school through the 8th grade until he started his lifelong career and passion, farming. In February 1953, Norman enlisted in the United States Army. After basic training, he was sent to Korea to serve. He arrived shortly after ceasefire orders and was able to serve as the unit’s cook and baker. He was honorably discharged on December 8, 1954.
On October 26, 1959, Norman was united in marriage to Evelyn Mary Mikuska. Together they made their home on a farm in rural Olivet. He sowed crops, milked cows, raised chickens, and slop fed pigs. Though there was a lot of hard work and tough times he had to endure, Norman was proud and content with being a farmer.
Following his retirement from farming, he kept himself busy visiting with friends in the surrounding area, baking, making homemade noodles, gardening, listening to polka, making rugs and quilts, and serving as an active member of the Paul Grosshuesch VFW Post #2966.
Norman was a good man who appreciated the simple, beautiful things in life. He loved the fresh morning air, the heat of summer, attending church, and the gathering of family and friends. Nothing was more important to Norman than family. He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
Norman passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 having attained the age of 84 years, 4 months, and 3 days.
He is survived, remembered, and loved by his eight children: Dan (Sheila) Suurmeier of Rapid City, Kenneth Suurmeier of Yankton, Theresa (Larry) Gimbel of Milesville, Barbara (Randy) Lewis of Newcastle, WY, Dave (Shawna) Suurmeier of Menno, Judy (Leander) Schieffer of Parkston, Carol (Mike) Buchmann of Crooks, and William (Nicole) Suurmeier of Tripp; many grandchildren; sister Lorreta (Fred) Harmeyer of WI; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn in 2005, his parents, brother and sister-in-law Harold (Cleone) Suurmeier, and sister and brother-in-law Marie (Bob) Dalton.
So sorry to hear of Norman's passing. Wish I would have known it sooner. Yes, he was a very good man. I met him and Evelyn after I met Veryn. We had many great times together. I deeply missed Evelyn after her death and will miss Norman too. Just remember your parents teaching and love they gave you.
Evelyn Wollmann Sep 1 2016 10:52 AM
I am thinking of the whole Suurmeier family. I have spent many days/nights on your farm. I remember the feather tick comfortor, the pail of Norms best chocolate chip cookies, the corgi dog the love in the house was felt. Teresa please reach out to me. I think of you often since we shared close birthdays and shared parties. May 9th if I remember correctly. My husband name is Jim. Please call me on my cell 605 661 4119. My deepest sympathy. I am recovering from major surgery and unable to go to funeral Sincerely, Sarah Richter
Sarah (Dant) Richter Aug 29 2016 8:59 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Norman was such a friendly and kind man. Always nice to visit with.
David and Bunny Eberhardt Aug 29 2016 3:39 PM
May his soul rest in peace and let perpetual light shine on him for all eternity! We knew of him as a kind-hearted man. I had the privilege of taking Holy Communion to him at GSC whenever our pastor was unable to do so. What a blessing for me! God bless his family.
Jim and Theresa Sedlacek Aug 29 2016 2:36 PM
I was so sorry to hear of Norman's Passing. Our Prayers & Sympathy to the entire Family. It is so hard to lose a parent. God be with you & help you thru this troubled time. Cherish your Memories. Jason & Connie Luke
Connie K Luke Aug 29 2016 9:51 AM
I remember Norman well as a good neighbor to my parents Herb and Ruth Reich. They always spoke highly of both Norman and Evelyn. You are in my prayers.
Eldon Reich Aug 27 2016 8:16 PM
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family.--Ferne & Marvin Baltzer, Scotland
Ferne & Marvin Baltzer Aug 27 2016 6:21 PM
He is my beloved Uncle, I remember spending summers a young boy at the farm. He will be missed He is now having a red white and blue with aunt Evelyn, mom and dad. Love always Jimmy Ray Dalton
Jimmy Ray Dalton Aug 25 2016 3:54 PM