Norman "Slim" Norwood, founder of Norwood Construction, passed away at his home in Sheridan, Wyoming, Saturday, August 4th at the age of 92. Slim was born in Naper, Nebraska February 14, 1920 to parents Fred and Maude Norwood. Slim worked on the family ranch and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and running moonshine with his father until his father’s death in 1935. After jumping trains and working what jobs could be found for room and board, Slim enlisted with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC’s) in Montana at the age of seventeen (eighteen is the minimum age for enlistment). After six months of service, the CCC’s discovered his age and honorably discharged him for underage enrollment.
With the surprise Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, Slim enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps December 28, 1941. He served our country as a bombardier with the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bomb Group, 13th Bomb Squadron strafing and bombing from the B-25 Michell in the South Pacific Theater. After completing thirty-four combat missions, Slim was sent stateside to teach bombardier school. He was honorably discharged September 17, 1945. Slim eventually settled in Sheridan, Wyoming where he met and married Audrey, his wife of almost sixty-four years until her passing in November 2011. Together they raised four children, Dave, Gayle, Don, and Duane.
Slim was an exceptional marksman. His list of shooting victories (trophies and awards too numerous to mention) include archery, trapshooting, and long-yardage. He was a life long member of the Sheridan County Sportsman Gun Club. Flying was also a passion of his. He piloted his own plane for many years. In the span of 92 years, Slim touched many lives and left his mark on his country, community, and family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Preceded in death by: wife Audrey, son Dave, siblings Fred "Jim," Clarence "Ike," Margaret, and Mattie "Sharee", and grandchild Charlie. He is survived by: children Gayle, Don, and Duane, siblings Gene, John, Pat, and Emi, grandchildren George and Bret, and nephews and nieces.
Services for Slim will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Kane Funeral Home with Military Honors. A reception will follow in the Kane Reception Hall immediately after the service.
Memorials to Honor Slim can be made to the Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith St, Sheridan, WY 82801 or to the Sheridan County Sportsman Gun Club, PO Box 155, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.