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Norman  Ferguson

Norman Ferguson

Monday, June 29th, 1936 - Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Obituary

Norm died on March 29, 2021 after several years of poor health. It was a long goodbye. He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Janice (Cavanaugh), children Denise Ferguson (Huntington Beach CA) and Jeff Ferguson (San Clemente CA), grandchildren Ricky and Cheyenne Brady (Huntington Beach CA) and Bradley Ferguson (Dana Point CA). Also surviving are his brothers Mart Ferguson (Mine) of Grand Rapids MI and Neal Ferguson (Cookie) of Lawton MI and Golden Retriever, Sandy who will miss her time with Norm in the laZboy. There are many friends and family not listed for fear of omitting someone who was important to Norm. He was preceded in death by his parents Roland and Mildred Ferguson of Schoolcraft MI, his sister, Beth, and grandson, Bryan Ferguson (Dana Point CA).

Norm was born June 29, 1936 at Dr. Beardsley’s home near Jones, MI. Norm went to the same one room schoolhouse in Corey that his father went to. He claims that he had to walk up hill both coming and going to school (it was on a hill). The family later moved to a farm outside of Schoolcraft. Norm had two horses; Happy and Frisky who liked Butterfinger candy bars.

Norm then attended Lawton Schools graduating in 1954 in a class of 18 people. His lamb would try to get on the school bus with him. He and his friend, Max Coon would take their rifles to school with them so they could go hunting after class.

Right after graduation Norm joined the US Navy where he proudly served on the USS Bennington aircraft carrier for two tours to the far East. He claims to have spent as much time below the waterline as submariners (he served as Boilerman below deck). It gave him a lot of material for stories; he always was ready with a good tale to tell.

After an Honorable discharge from the Navy, he studied to be a typewriter repairman on the GI Bill. It turned out to be an unprofitable career so he went to work for the Kalamazoo post office. He was a clerk then a Delivery Service Analyst there and at one time was a Postal Inspector in Harrisburg PA. The last stop of his 34 years of Postal Service were spent as Postmaster of his hometown of Lawton MI.
While in Kalamazoo Norm spent weekends flying skydivers from Austin Lake Airport. His joke was that people would go up with him but they wouldn’t ride down with him.

On June 5, 1976 he married his wife, Janice (Cavanaugh) in her parents’ living room in Kalamazoo. They eventually moved to Saint Joseph MI where Janice became Postmaster making them a two Postmaster family. They were active in Postmasters organizations (NAPUS & UPMA) even after retirement. Norm was a member of the Royal Order of Raccoons where he and his fellow retirees would solve world problems over coffee at the Stevensville Big Boy. He also loved to play cribbage with his club and at the senior center. Norm also loved to target practice at Point Blank. He loved playing cards with his cousins.

Norm took a retirement job at Grabemeyer Farms where he helped with apple and grape harvests. He loved driving the big equipment—and they even paid him to do it!

Norm and Jan loved to travel. They especially enjoyed exploring Arizona during their many trips there. Many bucket list items were checked off. Norm drove a NASCAR at the Richard Petty School of Racing. He drove a Ferrari in Las Vegas. He rode a mule named Arliss down into the Grand Canyon on a trip with his brothers. Norm and Jan worked on a Rose Parade float for the 2009 Rose Parade. They particularly enjoyed the time spent dune buggying near Kalkaska and time spent at their cabin on Gun Lake. It was a life well lived.

People who would like to honor Norm’s memory should perform some random act of kindness or make a donation to the SJ-Lincoln Senior Center or both.

A Graveside Service will be held 1:00 P.M. Friday, April 2, 2021 at Marcellus Cemetery. Friends may visit from 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M., Thursday April 1, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph MI. Those wishing to share a memory of Norman online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Friday, April 2nd, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 2nd, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    Marcellus Cemetery
    Address
    MARCELLUS, MI 49067

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martha engle

Posted at 09:44am
Norm came to the office of my first OIC job. He was so helpful and encouraging. Thank you for being so nice to my dad. one Navy man to another. Thanks for the memories. ❤️

Carol VanderMolen

Posted at 11:34pm
My heartfelt condolences to Norm's family. My dad Robert Stanley did quite a lot of things with Norm, hunting, and working at the U.S. Post Office. They were good friends, I also worked with Norm at the Miller Road Post Office. I am very sorry to hear he has passed and sending prayers for his whole family.
Carol (Stanley) Hunter VanderMolen
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David M. Peterson

Posted at 07:46pm
Dear Jan—I was very sorry to learn of Norm’s passing. I remember him well as one of the “big guys” on our school bus when I was in grade school. He was always friendly and had a smile. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Dave Peterson
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David and Sue Norton

Posted at 05:58pm
To The Ferguson Family,

Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Prayers to all.

David and Sue Norton
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Mary Ellen Pickman

Posted at 03:10pm
Jan,
Norm touched us all with his kindness and his wit. He will be deeply missed. Please know you are in our prayers during this very trying time.

David and Mary Ellen Pickman
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