Donald Norr

Donald Norr

Tuesday November 17, 1931 Monday January 4, 2021

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Obituary for Donald Clarence Norr

Donald Clarence Norr, age 89, of Brainerd, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021. Donald was born on a dairy farm near Freedhem, Minnesota, on November 17, 1931, the tenth child of Robert & Florence (Erickson) Norr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a military policeman in Japan following the Korean War. Donald married Janet Marie Bisson on June 8, 1957. He worked for Standard Lumber In Pequot Lakes, Benson, and Bemidji before he and Janet settled in Proctor, Minnesota, in 1969. There, Donald was general manager for ASDCO Inc., a building supplies wholesaler, for 20 years.
Donald found his true calling when, after leaving ASDCO, he began his Christian ministry, finally serving as pastor at Good Shepherd Fee Lutheran Church in Virginia, Minnesota, for 20 years. He also was past president of the Minnesota chapter of The Gideons International, as well as ministering in hospitals, nursing homes, and serving as a Fifth Step Guide for Alcoholics Anonymous.
Donald was a craftsman, carpenter, avid sportsman, and a diehard Twins and Vikings fan. He was known for his compassion, and never turned down an opportunity to help his fellow human beings, no matter their beliefs or life situation. Donald had a wonderful corny sense of humor, telling “dad jokes” before that phrase even existed.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons: Bradley Donald (Therese Privette) Norr, Scott Robert (Lisa Yetzer) Norr, Thomas Martin (Viry) Norr and Mathew Leo Norr; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Janet; siblings: Dorothy (Harry) Larson, Harriet Norr, Margaret (Thure) Larson, Agnes (Leo) Schroeder, Theodore (Kay) Norr, Harvey (June and Jo) Norr, Richard (Kathy) Norr, George (Harriet) Norr, and Alvie (Lois) Norr.
Services for Donald will be private.

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Susan Lindquist

We were so blessed to have Pastor Norr, in our parishes. We will cherish the times of fellowship and stories. We pray, for God's grace and mercies for you all in this time of grief. The Lindquist's, & Hope Lutheran, Northome.
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Alissa Carlson

Pastor Norr will be deeply missed. Our family cannot express our gratitude for having him in our lives even if it was just for a short time. While he provided services at our church, he had visited our home to pray for our unborn child, Elizabeth, as she was diagnosed with a prenatal malformation. Throughout the pregnancy, he was continuously checking on us and the status of Elizabeth. We will never forget his compassion and kindheartedness during this difficult time. We also had the blessing of having Elizabeth baptized by Pastor Norr. He will be remembered as such as a kind, caring man devoted to Christ. We also know he is not only joined with the Lord but also reunited with his wife who he spoke lovingly of so often. We will be sending thoughts and prayers to Pastor Norr's family.
Comment | Posted at 10:34am via Condolence

Diane Bainter

I will be ever grateful for the services Pastor Donald Norr provided at the Columbia, Rouchleau, & Alice Nettle Apartments in Virginia, MN. Working as a nurse, I brought residents to the services, & they were ever so grateful to Pastor Donald Norr. RIP dear friend.
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I will greatly miss Uncle Don, especially at the Norr Family reunions. He led the worship service which always concluded the reunions. He had a great sense of humor as I think of the stories he and his brothers would tell at the reunions; each version of the story would be more embellished. Oh how the brothers laughed as they tried to outdo each other! And his faith was evident in his life as he was always available to counsel and lend a helping hand. You could sense how deeply he cared for each person he met. My prayers are with each of you and your families: Brad, Scott, Tom, and Matt. May God comfort you.

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Dan Higdem

Shalom my friend and brother
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