Melander, Norris Norbert

Melander, Norris Norbert

May 29, 1932 – July 13, 2017
Age 85 of Burnsville. formerly of Thief River Falls, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones on July 13. He was preceded in death by his wife Marlene, daughter Shawn, parents Aaron and Agnes, siblings Rosemary, James, Leroy and Dennis. He is survived by son Murray (Carol) and their children Matt and Derek (Jessica); son Mark (DeeDee) and their children Ian (Lindsay), Brock (fiancee Emily), McKenzie; and daughter Julie Crippes (James) and their children Jack, Sarah, Thomas and Daniel; and great-grandchild Decklan Melander. Also survived by twin brother Morris and brother Allan. Norris had a work ethic second to none. He was an avid entrepreneur involved in numerous ventures and prided himself on making a deal with a handshake. In 1963 he purchased Home Lumber Co. in Thief River Falls which later expanded to many locations including the Twin Cities. Former President of the Northwestern Lumber Assoc. Norris was happiest outside working with his family in his yard and tending to his gardens. Visitation will be on July 21 at 10 a.m. with a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow. All will take place at Church of St. Peter, 1405 Highway 13, Mendota, MN 55150. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to a hospice of your choice.
(Published in the Star Tribune on July 15, 2017).