Charles Norris


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Posted Online: Nov. 22, 2012, 10:57 pm
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Charles Richard "Chuck" Norris, 87, ofMoline, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, at Hodgson Funeral Home,Rock Island. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at GreenviewMemorialGardens,East Moline. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Chuck was born March 6, 1925, onBigIsland,Milan,to Charles and Bertha Norris.
At 18 years old, Chuck joined the Navy Amphibious Force and served on L.S.T. 358 Landing Ship. This was a sister ship to the L.S.T. 325 that was docked atMolinein 2008. Chuck served on 358 through three invasions during World War II and was authorized to wear three European Theater battle stars and service medals. In later years, he enjoyed keeping in touch with his captain.
After the war, Chuck married Dolores "Dee" Bartell on Sept. 6, 1947. Early on, he farmed inMercerCounty. Chuck had been a precision grinder, and served as a union committeeman at the formerFarmallPlant inRock Island. After leaving Farmall, Chuck worked as a real estate broker inIllinoisandIowa, owning and operating Chuck Norris Realty inCoalValleyfor 20 years.
Chuck was an avid horseshoe pitcher, and was instrumental in getting the Moline Triangle Horseshoe Club started atRiversideParkinMoline. Over the years Chuck won many awards, along with first place in his division at the World Horseshoe Tournament in Columbus,Ohio,in 1992. In 2007, he was inducted into the Illinois Horseshoe Pitchers' Hall of Fame.
Chuck also loved to travel, hunt and fish. He and Dolores enjoyed the cabin he built on LeisureLakeinMaquoketa,Iowa,for many years. He was a past member and president of the Moline and Reynolds Horseshoe Clubs, and a member of the Horseshoe Pitchers Association, the LST Association and the East Moline American Legion. Chuck was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be lovingly missed.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dolores; daughters and sons-in-law, Sheryl and Alan Wright and Pamela and Barry Deditch; grandchildren, Stacey Edgcomb, Michael Wright, Joel Wright, Serena Moore, Crystal Bessmer, Jeremy Fox; 13 great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Helen Heber; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His parents, brothers, James, Raymond, and Arthur Norris, a sister, Myrtle Norris, and a granddaughter, Dawn Michele Wright, preceded him in death.
Condolences may be left for the family atwww.hodgsonfuneralhome.com.












 



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