Edward Ralph Norell was born Dec. 25, 1941, in Le Mars, the son of John Ralph and Dora Irene (Moran) Norell. Ed graduated from Le Mars Central High School with the Class of 1960.
After graduation from high school, Ed worked as a painter for Dewey Driscoll and later Jim Mead.
Ed was united in marriage to Darlene Seel Nov. 2, 1963, at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Ed and Darlene were blessed with two children, Jennie and Julie.
In 1964, Ed began his 37-year career with Sioux Tools in Le Mars. After the plant closed in Le Mars, Ed continued to work for Sioux Tools in Sioux City until 2001. He later went to work for Advance Brands in Orange City until his retirement in 2007.
Ed was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church, having served as a trustee for a number of years. He was also a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1383.
Ed enjoyed "tinkering" in his garage; he could often be found working on jukeboxes and pinball machines. As a young man, Ed enjoyed working as a mechanic on the stock cars at Collins Field. His mechanical ability also extended to repairing TVs and just about anything that was broken.
He also enjoyed reading western books and going fishing with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Darlene, of Le Mars; two daughters, Jennie Raine, of York, S.C., and Julie Hatfield of Le Mars; seven grandchildren: Rob Wilson, of Pineville, N.C., Ryan Wilson, of Charlotte, N.C., Alex Raine, of York, S.C., Katie Raine, of York, S.C., Stephanie, Shay, and Cody Hatfield, all of Le Mars; a great-grandson, Noah Wilson, of Pineville, N.C.; cousins: Jolene Haddack, of Garden City, Mich., Lois Smith, of Aurelia, Deve Killian, of Cherokee, and Twyla Ritter, of Cherokee; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Seel, of Cherokee; a sister-in-law, Donna Colvert, of Cherokee; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Debbie) Seel of LaVerne, Calif., and Doug Seel of Cherokee; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1972 and mother in 1983; grandparents, George and Jennie Moran; and two aunts, Ila Carson and Maudie Ritter.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Tim Geitz officiating. Visitation with the family present will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will continue Friday at the church from noon until service time.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Lewis, Jason Lewis, Rob Farmer, Bob Wilson, Tim Ueding, and Mike Feller. Honorary casket bearers will be his grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.