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Norman Alois Van OverbekeNorman Alois Van Overbeke was born on June 1, 1948, in Marshall, to Arthur and Julia (Matthys) Van Overbeke. He grew up in Green Valley and graduated from Marshall High School in 1966. Norm served in the U.S. Marine Corp as part of an artillery unit in Vietnam. After his service, Norm attended Southwest Minnesota State University. He achieved a Bachelorâs Degree and participated on the wrestling team. He was married to Patricia âPattâ Van Robays and to this union were born son Todd and daughter Kristi. Norm worked for the Great Plains Supply Company in Ivanhoe. After a brief transfer to Hutchinson, he returned to Ivanhoe where he opened and operated the local Hardware Store. He also served as the Emergency Manager for Lincoln County. Norm later went to work as a Building Inspector for DSI and drove bus for 4.0 Bus Company. He retired from his inspecting job but continued driving his âPrecious Cargoâ until his death. Norm was a very social person. He made friends easily and volunteered actively for many organizations. He was Gambling Commissioner of the VFW Post 2980 and volunteered for the Ivanhoe Fire Department for over 35 years. He loved sports of all kinds including golf, softball and racquetball. He was also an outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. Norm was most passionate about his family and especially enjoyed following his kids and grandkidsâ activities. Norm died on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center shortly after a bone cancer diagnosis. He is survived by his son Todd (and Jennifer) Van Overbeke of Ivanhoe, grandchildren Cooper and Carson, daughter Kristi Van Overbeke Leach of Virginia Beach, VA, grandchildren Shaemon and Shelby, siblings; Delores Sumption of Breckenridge, MN, JoAnn Gerlach of Green Valley, MaryAnn and Rich Memmer of Ventura CA, Gordie and Solveig Van Overbeke of Lucan, Eugene and Joann Van Overbeke of Eagan, Kathy and Paul Moen of Minneapolis, nieces, nephews, relatives and special friend Carol Janiszeski of Minneota. Norm was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald Van Overbeke and sister LouAnn Van Overbeke. Memorials Preferred.
We will miss Norm so much. He will not be forgotten.
Bekkem Gillund Jan 8 2020 9:42 AM
My sincerest condolences to the Vanoverbeke family.
Ila Anderson Jan 13 2018 4:32 PM
Cousin Norm. So incredibly hard to say goodbye. You became one of my very favorite people ever during our times together as emergency managers. There was never a dull moment with you. We traveled together all over the state to meetings and trainings, every trip an adventure. I will miss but never forget your sense of humor, your wit, your kindness, your love of family and friends, your special connection with children, your laugh and smile. I am so honored to have had you in my life!
Tammy VanOverbeke Jan 12 2018 11:03 AM
Jennifer....We are sorry to hear about the passing of you father in law........... Bryan & Di Varpness (Montevideo)
Di Varpness Jan 11 2018 6:50 AM
We are sorry to learn of Norm's passing. It was much too soon to lose this man who always brought a smile and his readiness to share it with us. Rest In Peace Norm.
Harlan Nepp Jan 10 2018 6:19 PM
Norm, I truly cannot believe you are gone!! I so enjoyed visiting with you at Cooper & Carson's birthdays, at hockey, or at State Wrestling! You were a wonderful Grandpa to Cooper & Carson and they are going to miss you so much as will Todd & Jennifer! You & Todd were not only Father & Son but best friends. Van Overbeke family please know that we love you and were so blessed to have had Norm in our life also!! Love you all Enjoy life up in Heaven Norm/ pain free life!! Hugs!!
Dawn Walkow Jan 10 2018 11:58 AM
Very sorry to hear of Norm's passing. My condolences to all family and friends.
Jason Mortland Jan 9 2018 10:40 PM
Our deepest sympathies to the family. May great memories help comfort you during this difficult time.
Mike and Julie Tykwinski Jan 9 2018 6:05 PM
I enjoyed working with Norm during our years as Emergency Managers, I at Chippewa Co and he at Lincoln, Co. We would always give each other digs, but all in fun and we worked hard to insure our residents were safe. Was always willing to help out when needed.
Marvin E. Garbe Jan 9 2018 5:16 PM
Family members... Carol, your dear friend, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, etc... will not be forgotten. I had the opportunity to work with Norm at DSI and we shared many laughs through the years. He also drove the bus for two of my grandchildren while they lived in Ivanhoe and has a special place in our hearts... God bless you all as you go through this time and in the days to come...
Bill and Jenifer Vollmer Jan 9 2018 11:26 AM