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Norman E. Comer, 91, Greensburg, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Aspen Place Health Campus. He was born at home near Osgood on Sept. 17, 1925, son of George and Dorathea (Thielbar) Comer.
He graduated from Osgood High School in 1943 and from Purdue University with a degree in agriculture in 1949.
He married Hazel Doyle on June 18, 1949, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2013.
Norman was a former educator teaching agriculture and science in Osgood and Milton, school systems for nine years. In his working career, he also served seven years as the Decatur County Assistant Extension Agent, assistant manager of the Decatur County Farm Bureau Co-op for three years, Superintendent of roads for the Decatur County Highway Department, and for three years was a substitute mail carrier for the post office in Decatur County. Norman also worked as a farm loan officer for Union Bank & Trust for 15 years.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church at Smyrna, where he served as president of the Church Council. Norman was a member of the Purdue Agriculture Alumni Association, Decatur County Rural Couples Club, and the Decatur County Farm Bureau. He was an eight-year member and president of the Decatur County School Board, former member and treasurer of the Decatur County Red Cross and a former member of the Indiana Bankers Association.
Norman was a 4-H member and leader for 56 years and was a founding leader of the Smyrna Guys and Gals 4-H club. Norman was recognized as an International Ambassador by People to People International, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace through international understanding. His wife Hazel and he had conducted national and international tours for 25 years.
With his brother, Clarence, he represented Indiana in the National Plowing Contest for 11 years. Hazel and he were vendors at the farmers market in both Osgood and Batesville. Norman was an ambassador and first resident volunteer at Aspen Place, where he has resided the last four years.
Survivors include his son, Duane (Joyce) Comer of Greensburg; daughters, Cynthia (Tom) Rimstidt of Osgood, Linda (Fred) Cook of Canton, Ohio, and Vickie (fiancé Randy Lynd) Youngman of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Mabel Flick of Holton; brothers, Gayle (Barbara) Comer of Deerfield Lake, Florida, and Leroy (Louise) Comer of Osgood.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Leonard and Clarence Comer.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home and one hour prior to funeral services Saturday. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday 6 at St. Paul Lutheran Church at Smyrna with worship leader Doug Brougher officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon.
Memorials may be given to Shriner's Hospital, St. Paul Lutheran Church, or Our Hospice of Decatur/Shelby in care of the funeral home.
Published on May 1, 2017
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