A longtime resident of Kettle Falls, Norman passed away peacefully at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane Nov. 7, 2011 after a brief illness.
Norman was born in Echo Valley in the Colville area in August 5, 1929 and raised in Kettle Falls. He attended Highland Elementary School near Kettle Falls. A hard-working man all his life, he went to work at the young age of 13, under the fond supervision of his devoted uncle, Lloyd Storer, at the Dominican Sisters Mission near Kettle Falls. There he drove tractor and hauled freight and mail. Norman worked in several lumber mills in the Colville area for a period that spanned 43 years, including Draper Lumber in Colville and later for his well-regarded, longtime associate Tuffy Luer of Kettle Falls Lumber. He later retired from Plum Creek Lumber, in the Arden area. After retiring, Norman made his home in Moses Lake for the last nine years to be close to his children.
Norman was one of five children born to the late Arthur William (“Bill”) Storer, born in Meyers Falls, and Elzora (“Dolly”) Storer nee Byrd, born in Jamestown, WV. They were descendants of longtime pioneers of the Rice/ Kettle Falls/ Colville area.
Norman will forever be remembered by his devoted brothers Howard Storer of Colville, and Dale Storer of Chewelah.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Eldon Storer of Kettle Falls, and a sister, Doris Pittman of Edmonds. He was married to Agnes nee Taylor from 1954 until 1969. Norman will be remembered by his beloved children Gary W. Storer and Toni I. Cavazos, loving daughter-in-law Shirley Drapeau-Storer, treasured grandchildren Chester Hill and Benjamin Hill, cherished great-granddaughter Mallory Hill, along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.
Norman loved attending family gatherings, going for a daily walk, and visiting with neighbors. He touched the lives of many people and maintained his willingness to help a neighbor, all the way to the end.
Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside memorial service was Monday, Nov. 21, at Meyers Falls Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to St. Michael’s Mission, 21 Saint Michaels Dr, Inchelium, WA 99138, (509) 722-4592.