Alan Norris, 71, of Waltonville, Illinois passed away at 6:27 P.M. February 26, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born February 27, 1947 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late Emil Norris and Fay Hester. He married Linda Spotanski on June 21, 1969 in Dubois, Illinois. They were blessed with nearly fifty years of marriage.
Alan is survived by his wife, Linda Norris of Waltonville, Illinois; sons, Greg Norris and wife, Rachel of Norton Shores, Michigan, Ryan Norris and wife, Lezlie of Columbia, Missouri; grandchildren, Grant Norris, Garrett Norris, Grace Norris all of Norton Shores, Michigan, Will Norris, Nate Norris, Reed Norris all of Columbia, Missouri; brother, Larry Norris and wife, Linda of Mount Vernon, Illinois; sisters, Melinda Newell and husband Jerry of Waltonville, Illinois, Sally Norris and husband, Darren Post of Rochester, Illinois; brother-in-laws, Richard Spotanski of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Charles Spotanski and wife, Judy of Ashley, Illinois, Larry Spotanski and wife, Marcella of Dubois, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents Alan was preceded in death by his brother Frank David Norris; sister, Maria Norris; sister-in-law, Joan Spotanski
Alan proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. During his service he earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, among other recognitions. He worked as a lineman for Ameren Power Company for forty two years before retiring. He was Post Commander of the VFW #9153 and a charter member of the AmVets Post 148 of Waltonville, Illinois. He was also a member of the Nashville American Legion and on the Knob Prairie Cemetery Board. Alan and Linda traveled frequently around the United States since his retirement. Alan was able to spend special time with his family in Colorado the past two summers, but he especially loved spending time with and bragging on his grandchildren.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 11:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with follow at 1:00 P.M. at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois with Reverand Tim Reynolds officiating. Inurnment with Full Military Rites with the American Legion Post #141 and Chaplain Ernie Collins will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery. Memorials in Alans memory can be made to Knob Prairie Cemetery.
Call Newell Funeral Home – Waltonville at 618-279-7272 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.
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