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1952 Michael 2022

Michael Norris

June 6, 1952 — April 22, 2022

Grundy Center

Michael R. “Mike” Norris, 69, of Grundy Center, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022, at his home in Grundy Center. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Abels Funeral and Cremation Service, Engelkes Chapel in Grundy Center. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Colfax Center Presbyterian Church in Rural Holland, Iowa. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Mike was born on June 6, 1952, in Waverly, Iowa; the son of Charles and Verla (Folkers) Norris. He was raised in Parkersburg, Iowa and graduated from Parkersburg High School in the class of 1970. He was united in marriage to Patti Arends on April 19, 1973, and they welcomed three children into their family.

He bought hogs and drove truck for many years. Mike then got into the construction business and later owned and operated his own business, Norris Construction. Mike worked for the last 15 years at Home Depot at the Contractors Desk.

Mike was a member of Colfax Center Presbyterian Church served the church as a trustee, the treasurer for the Sunday School, a youth group leader and on the church softball team. He loved hunting, fishing, and 4-wheeling. He especially enjoyed the family trips to Judd’s Resort on Big Winnie. Mike enjoyed going out to eat, however his true joy in life came from spending time with his wife, family, and his best friend, his dog Kyah.

Mike is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patti; his daughters Heather Norris Wise; and Tessa (Mike) Nisius; grandchildren Cole Norris, Dylan Norris, Tristan Norris, Ella Norris, Kayla Nisius, Kaiten Nisius, Kaeley Nisius, Kaibree Nisius, and Kaselynn Nisius; sisters Ranae (Kenny) Knock, Rhonda (Tom) Riniker and Risa (Kevin) Lowe; sisters-in-law Sheryl (Leon) Johnson, Jane (Brian) Schissel, and Cinda Pankratz; brother-in-law Joel (Jeanne) Arends; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Verla Norris, his in-laws Lee and Pauline Arends; son Cory Norris; and brother-in-law Tom Morris.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, April 28, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Engelkes Funeral Chapel, Grundy Center


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Funeral Service

Friday, April 29, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Colfax Center Presbyterian Church (Holland, Iowa)


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