Norman Grasz, 74, of Le Mars died suddenly, Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at his residence.
Norman Gene Grasz was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Le Mars, the son of Alfred and Mata (Wilkens) Grasz. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Norman was raised on the family farm near Craig. He attended country school west of Le Mars. Norman was united in marriage to Versella "Sally" Swisher on Nov. 13, 1951, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars.
Norman served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army from November 1951 to November 1953, and served in Korea for 18 months as a truck driver. Following his discharge from the Army, Norman returned to the Le Mars area and worked for Gus Pech in Le Mars for five years. While working for the foundry, Norman was designing and building his own well digging machine. He then began farming near Craig and operated a well digging service for 10 years. After selling the well digging service, Norman continued to farm in the Craig and Ireton area until his retirement in 1993.
Norman enjoyed attending sales and auctions in his retirement years. He enjoyed playing pitch, camping and traveling when his health was better.
He was a longtime member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig and the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Versella "Sally" Grasz of Le Mars; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Don Feauto of Akron; two grandchildren, Ryan Feauto of Estherville, and Lee Harding and his wife, Nicole, of Akron; a great-granddaughter, Ava Harding of Akron; four brothers, Lester and Ruth Grasz of Le Mars, Orvall Grasz of Craig, Larry and Dorothy Grasz of Le Mars, and Vernon and Pat Grasz of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews. Norman was loved dearly by his family and will always be his daughter's hero.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents and a son Bobby Joe in infancy.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig, with the Rev. Pete Petersen officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Heeren-McHale-Wilken American Legion Post #724 of Brunsville will be at 1 p.m. in the Hillside Cemetery at Merrill. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 7 p.m. prayer service Monday evening.
Pallbearers will be Randy Grasz, Kalvin Grasz, Terry Singer, Rocky Swisher, Susan Carlson, and Nancy Bailey. Honorary casket bearers will be Norman Varenhorst, Dallas Huebner, Wayne Vander Feen, Robert Van Wyhe, Wendell Borchers, Richard Laughlin and Jim Mullins.