Thursday, July 14, 2022

Obituary - Norman Wayne Church

Norman Wayne Church was born in Clinton, MO, December 16, 1928, the son of Wade Carlton and Blanche Mae (Murphy) Church. He died on July 13, 2022. On May 2, 1953, he married Irene Hammons. They had three children: one son Wayne and two daughters Donna and Lisa.
Almost all of Norman’s life was spent in Clinton except for four years he served in the United States Army as a member of the 807th Engineer Battalion. Twenty-seven months of this time was spent in Fairbanks, Alaska, maintaining machinery that was being used to build airfields. After returning from the service Norman worked in the law enforcement field in Henry County for three years and one year as a member of the Kansas City Police Department.

In 1962 he became a member of Operating Engineers Local 101 and was an active member for 28 years. Norman was truly a master at his trade. He worked as a heavy equipment welder and mechanic. Through this employment he worked on many projects, including building Whitman Air Force Base, a missile complex covering several counties, many new highways, Longview Lake and several years on Truman Dam.

He retired from Local 101 in 1991 and would then operate his own welding business until he was 89 years old. He appreciated being able to still do what he enjoyed. His ornamental iron workmanship is enjoyed by family and many members of the Clinton community. Norman was baptized at the Trinity Lutheran Church and later attended the First Baptist Church with his family. Norman enjoyed travelling, especially to places of history. Reading was a great past time for him after retirement as well as sitting on his patio enjoying the outdoors, visiting with family and neighbors, enjoying a cup of coffee, and watching birds and various wildlife pass by. He had a love of music and will be remembered by family as a fine dancer.

His children, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren were very important to him. He enjoyed following their many activities. They respected how hard he worked to provide for them and were blessed by his kindness, generosity, and words of wisdom. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Irene (Hammons) Church, two daughters, Donna Witman (Bob) and children Vance (SarahAnne) and Drew (Chelsea); Lisa Whyte (Kris) and children Cole (Ashlee) and Cassidy (fiancé Nathan); and daughter-in-law Vicky Church and children Sarah Austin (Chris) and Jacob (Brandi); eight great-grandchildren: Vance, Yates and Emmett Witman, Emry and Staley Robinson, Elijah Austin and Livie and Lexon Church and Semiyah, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Wayne, parents, and siblings Julian, Jack, Babe, and Wanda Wilson. The family would like to especially thank the very caring nursing staff at Redwood of Raymore and Shalom Hospice, neighbors Marsha and David Evans, and nieces Vickie Figg and Pattie Johnson for all their kind, helpful and loving support of the family. Funeral service will be held at Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home on Monday, July 18, 2022 with visitation at 10:00 a.m., and service immediately following at 11:00 a.m., officiated by Dr. Randy Shipman. Burial will be in Englewood Cemetery immediately following the service. The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital or a charity of choice. These donations may be left in care of the funeral home.

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