Marvin Norell, 89, of Spokane, WA formerly of rural Maddock, ND, died Monday May 21, 2012 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Memorial Services will be Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 11:00 AM at the Nelson Funeral Home Chapel in Maddock with Pastor Fred Westerhold officiating. A reception will follow at the Maddock Community Center.
Marvin Norell was born June 11, 1922, on the family farm in Arne Township, rural Maddock, ND to Ernest and Amanda (Hakanson) Norell. He was baptized and confirmed at Klara Lutheran Church close to the family farm. He attended Arne school then graduated from the Benson County Agricultural Training School in 1940. He farmed with his father until 1946 when he took over the farm. On September 21, 1946, he married the love of his life, Delores Westrum. In 1972 due to health reasons, Marvin moved from farming in North Dakota to raising avocados in Fallbrook, California. He developed a ranch and built a home. Besides caring for the avocado grove, he worked with his brother-in-law building numerous homes in the Fallbrook area. In 1984, Marvin retired, yet continued to “farm” via gardening and raising oranges for many around him to enjoy. Marv and Delores moved to Valley Oaks Mobile Ranch living there for 27 years before moving to Riverview Village of Spokane, Washington, in 2011 to live close to their daughter.
Family was always the center of Marvin’s life. He had a wonderful marriage to Delores for 65 years. He was known as a caring and generous person to family and friends. Through out life, Marvin was faithful and committed to his church and community. He served on the Klara Church council for many years. He was among the first 10 couples to organize an ALCA church in Fallbrook. He helped to clear the land and build the sanctuary for this new church. While living in rural Maddock, he served as board member for Arne township, the Farmer’s Union Oil Company, and the Maddock Memorial Hospital. During retirement, he volunteered for 20 years at the Joclyn Senior Center.
Marvin enjoyed music all of his life. He had a beautiful bass voice, singing harmonies with family groups. In Fallbrook, he sang in the church choir and a small group ensemble that entertained at skilled nursing facilities.
Marvin and Delores enjoyed traveling. They made trips to Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and cruised the Hawaiian Islands, Costa Rica, and the Panama Canal. They traveled by RV through many of the United States. They frequently visited their daughters and families in Alaska and Washington ensuring that Marvin could do what he loved to do most- to fish (and fish and fish).
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Bonnie (Palmer) Bailey and Diane (Craig Bader) Norell; four grandchildren and one great-grandson; a sister, Vernice Lindquist; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Florence Bredeson.
The family suggest memorials be given to a local hospice, Faith Lutheran Church in Harvey, or Voice for Christ Ministries, a Christian radio ministry in Alaska; www.vfcm.org.
We were so sorry to hear Marvin had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Owen & Elaine Hakanson
I'll always remember Marvin as a wonderful man. He was always upbeat and happy. Rod Allrich
Dear Delores, We extend our sympathies to you and your family, Delores, upon Marvin's passing. We pray that all of your wonderful memories of Marvin will comfort you always. We are sorry that we cannot attend the service in Maddock on Tuesday. It happens that Byron is a pall bearer for a very best friend's funeral in Bismarck the same day. We do hope that there will be an opportunity to visit with you later. Byron and Bernice