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Oliver T. Noram Dec. 11, 1906 - Sept. 6, 2008

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WILLMAR -- Oliver Tilbert Noram, 101, of Willmar and formerly of Jeffers and Bertha, died Saturday at Bethesda Heritage in Willmar.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethesda Heritage Chapel. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Rest Haven Memory Garden in Windom.

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Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Bethesda Heritage. Arrangements are by Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

He was born Dec. 11, 1906, at Morris, Ill., to Nels and Anna (Nelson) Noram. In 1912, the family moved to Calhoun County, Iowa, and later to Sommers, Rockwell City and Spirit Lake, Iowa.

In 1929, he enlisted into the Army and served until 1939. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army-Air Corps. He was in the engineer regiment, trained to build bridges and roads. He was decorated with the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars, six Overseas Services Bars and one Service Strip.

He married Violet Chappell on April 14, 1943, in England. She moved to Windom to live with this family until he was discharged in 1945. They farmed near Jeffers, later moving to Rockford, Ill., and he worked for MACH Builders. They moved to Bertha, where they farmed until their retirement in the early 1980s. They moved to Alexandria, and in 1992, they moved to Willmar. He became a resident at Bethesda Heritage in 1995.

While living in Alexandria, he was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, and he attended First Reformed in Willmar.

He is survived by his sister: Thelma Hallgren of Rockford, Ill.; and his brother: Tom Noram of Walnut Grove.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1994, three sisters and two brothers.

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