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Luverne C. Norbie Jan. 12, 1926 - Dec. 7, 2008

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WILLMAR -- Luverne Clifford Norbie, 82, of Willmar, died Sunday at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud.

The service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Lindstrom.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

He was born Jan. 12, 1926, on a farm near Spicer to Pearl Norbie-Hopkins and stepfather Raymond Hopkins. He grew up on and worked on a farm by Diamond . He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1944. He served on a supply ship, USS Lesuth, in the South Pacific. The Lesuth was the first supply ship to enter Tokyo Bay, Japan. He was there when General MacArthur and the Japanese signed the surrender that ended World War II. He was discharged in 1946 as a disabled veteran. Following his discharge he attended Dunwoody Institute and a vocational school in Minneapolis.

On March 14, 1947, he married Lois Lindstrom. They lived in Minneapolis for seven years, where he worked at Dayton Company as a cabinet maker. They moved to Willmar and he worked at Montgomery Ward as a furniture salesman. He later worked for the postal service, which he made his lifetime career. He delivered mail and was promoted to supervisor. In 1978, he was promoted to post master in Morris, where he retired seven years later.

He was the Boy Scout leader for several years at Troop 302 at First Baptist Church in Willmar. He was a Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder and helped in other ways at the church.

He is survived by his wife; children: Steven (and Nancy) Norbie of Willmar, Mark (and Barb) Norbie of Willmar, Jeff (and Cheryl) Norbie of Hancock, Nancy Holm of Bloomington and Laura Norbie of Willmar; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings: Betty Lou Manley of Deer River, Janelle VanHevlen of St. Cloud, Janet (and Ronald) Hagen of Willmar, Cheryl Lukason of St. Cloud and Richard (and Claudia) Hopkins of Spicer.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

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