Verona-Rodney Luther Norton was born on March 8, 1918 to Luther and Jennie (Bryan) Norton in the town of Dunn, Dane Co. WI. He went to his heavenly home on Monday, June 17th, at the age of 95.
Rodney attended Emerson Grade School and Madison East High School. During the war years, he worked at Madison Kip Corporation inspecting ammunition for the war effort. Then he went to the Madison Vocational School and prepared to be a Linotype Operator. He then went to Lancaster, WI and worked for the Grant County Independent Newspaper. After 2 ½ years there he went to Minneapolis to attend Northwestern Bible College. In 1951, as a college student, he went to work part-time at Northland Greyhound Lines Minneapolis Terminal. He worked 32 years at the Minneapolis terminal doing several positions.
On October 24, 1964 Rodney married Evelyn Himsel at Memorial Baptist Church in Verona, WI. He was a great supporter of Evelyn’s ministry with children through Child Evangelism of Minneapolis. Rodney gave out Gospel tracts wherever he went over the years. After retirement from Greyhound, he worked at the Korner Plaza Department Store in Richfield and at the Olson Bros. Drug Store in Edina, MN. After 56 years in Minneapolis, Rodney and Evelyn retired to Verona.
He leaves to mourn his wife Evelyn and his brother-in-law Erwin Himsel of Verona; two nieces, Paula Massie of Bloomington, IL and Kathy (Dan) Pugh of Montrose, MI; two nephews Dennis Himsel of Verona and David (Michelle) Himsel of Elkhorn, WI. Also a great-niece Jennifer (Issac) Thorne of Normal, IL; great-nephew David Massie of Bloomington, IL, and great-nephews Ben and Bradley Himsel of Elkhorn, WI. Also a great-great-niece Lylah Thorne and other relatives and many friends here and in Minneapolis.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11am on Friday, June 21, 2013, at MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH, 201 S. Main St., Verona, with Pastor Jeremy Scott officiating. A visitation will be held from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Dr. A second visitation will take place at the church on Friday from 10am until the time of service. Burial will follow the service at Verona Cemetery.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Four Winds Manor and the great staff of Agrace Hospice.
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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Verona Chapel 220 Enterprise Drive 608-845-6625