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Norman J. Symons
Norman J. Symons, 87, of Shawano passed away Wednesday, July 31 in Shawano.
Born on Jan. 20, 1926 in Duluth, Minn., he was the son of the late W. Norman and Lillian (Libert) Symons. He was raised in the Oconto area and graduated from Oconto High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served with the 135th Navy Seabees in the South Pacific for three years during World War II.
He married the former Ruth Marie Otto at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano and was employed by Wisconsin Bell for 38 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, American Legion Post 117, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bay Area Humane Society and the Veterans of the 135th NCB WWII. He was an avid skier and loved taking walks and traveling.
Survivors include a sister, Phyllis Whipple, of Kearney, Mo.; sister-in-law, Wendy Symons, of Prim, Ariz. and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, on April 18, 2012; a daughter, Judy; his parents; two brothers, Dale and Tom and a brother-in-law, Bob Whipple.
Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano with Richard Menning officiating. Military rites were conducted by the Shawano American Legion Post 117 at the funeral home following the service. Inurnment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Donations will be appreciated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.