Norman Marcellus Sandin was born on April 25, 1937, at a farmhouse in Closter, NE, to Sigfred and Christine Sandin, and grew up working the family farm while attending school in Newman Grove, NE.
Norm served his country faithfully in the Air Force from 1956 to 1960. He applied his electronics training obtained at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, to help guard the eastern coast by maintaining radar installations in the area around Cherry Point, NC, where he was based as part of the 614th AC&W (Aircraft Control and Warning) Squadron.
Norm married Joyce Peterson in 1964, who gave birth to their only child in 1965. Upon earning his degree in industrial engineering from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he joined Wilson Foods (now part of Cargill) and was soon transferred to the new Marshall facility where he worked as plant engineer from 1973 to 1986. He then moved to Ingram, TX, where he owned a well reputed carpet cleaning business until his retirement due to health reasons in 2002.
Norm was hospitalized December 18th with pneumonia and placed on a ventilator until December 31st. Then able to breathe on his own, he enjoyed ringing in the New Year by watching the traditional midnight celebrations and following day Bowl games (including a Big Red win) with his son, as well as reading the many Christmas cards he had received. Norman Marcellus was called home by his Maker on the Lord's Day, January 4, 2009, passing peaceably with his son at his bedside. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and a brother. He is survived by his son, Barry; two grandchildren, Derek and Keira of Berwyn, PA; four brothers; an aunt; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Norm is remembered by family and friends as a very kind and generous person who helped others whenever he could. He enjoyed gardening and giving the fruit of his labor to neighbors, chatting with folks he encountered, and country music. Despite the distances, he maintained relationships with family and friends by phone over the years. Memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Kerrville, TX. A springtime memorial service is planned in his boyhood hometown of Newman Grove.
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