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Norman E. Hoium Nov. 15, 1925 - June 26, 2009

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STARBUCK -- Norman Edward Hoium, 83, of Starbuck died Friday at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home in Starbuck.

The service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Minnewaska Lutheran Church in Starbuck. Burial will be in Minnewaska Lutheran Cemetery in Starbuck. The Starbuck VFW will provide military rites.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Starbuck Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church.

He was born Nov. 15, 1925, in Starbuck to George and Mabel Wesen. He grew up in Starbuck, attended Starbuck Elementary School and later Starbuck High School. Following his military service, he attended Wahpeton School of Science.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and continued his education while serving his country. He served in the South Pacific in the Guam and Guadalcanal campaigns. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he returned to Starbuck and later lived for a few years in California and then moved to Oklahoma in 1953.

He married Melba Blann on June 4, 1955, in Oklahoma and moved to Starbuck where Norman worked for Nodland Construction for a few years before taking a job at Starbuck Creamery. He worked as the local milkman for 17 years. He continued to live in Starbuck and, most recently, was a resident of Minnewaska Lutheran Home.

He was a life-long member of Minnewaska Lutheran Church and the Starbuck VFW.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter: Deborah (and Terrence) Nish of Anaheim, Calif.; two grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; siblings: Richard (and Kathy) Wesen of Blaine and Nancy (and Tony Sr.) Janu of Starbuck.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

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