US Navy

Garry Eugene Norbom

November 27, 2018


GALVA - Garry Eugene Norbom, 62, of Lewiston, ID; previously of Galva; son of Harry and Marilyn Norbom; husband of Debra (Grice) Norbom; father of Amy (Norbom) Terblanche; father-in-law to Verdes Terblanche and grandfather to Veola Terblanche; passed away peacefully on November 27, 2018 at his home in Lewiston, ID.  He is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Eugene Norbom; father, Harry Dean Norbom; and brother, Robert Charles Norbom.

Garry attended Galva high school and would marry his grade school sweetheart, Debra (Grice) Norbom and have two children, Joseph Eugene Norbom and Amy Jo Norbom. 

Garry served in the Navy, on the super aircraft carrier, USS Constellation (CV-64); as a Baker for the Navy Officers and Admirals.  After his service in the Navy, he attended Olympic College in Bremerton, WA.  Later to manage a bakery in Bremerton, WA; where he would share his joy for baking in showing his daughter, Amy the skills of professional baking and cake decorating on a large scale.  He would continue on to work in custom home construction as a detail finish carpenter; to most recent, lead cook at the Lewis & Clark College in Lewiston, ID.

Garry was truly brilliant and talented in all he did.  He was an amazing artist, being highly distinguished in the fine arts with his works ranging from oils portraits, watercolor landscapes, charcoal sketches, clay sculpture, wooden totems, custom home interiors, boat painting; to writing his own music, playing acoustic guitar and drums; even playing live on the radio.  You name it, he could create it. 

He had a witty sense of humor.  He loved books and loved to learn.  He was an adventurer at heart, loved the outdoors.  He was a hiking and mountaineering enthusiast, whether it be the switchback trails of the Olympics or the glaciers of the Cascade Mountains, he was going to test his limitations.

Garry had a big heart and would give you all that he had.  He had a wild spirit that could not be tamed.  He made friends with all walks of life.  He was entertaining, interesting and knowledgeable about a lot of things and a lot of off the wall things.  He will be deeply missed and always loved.

A celebration of his life will begin with attendance at the 9:00 a.m. church service at Grace United Methodist Church in Galva on Sunday, August 18th with a luncheon following at 11:00 a.m., provided by the members of Grace United Methodist Church.  A burial ceremony for Garry with Military Honors accorded by the Galva Fusiliers will follow Marilyn’s committal service at the Galva Cemetery.  Pastor Karen Martin will officiate.

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Celebration of Life
August 18, 2019

9:00 AM
Grace United Methodist Church (Galva)

Military Honors
August 18, 2019

2:00 PM
Galva Cemetery
Hwy 17
Galva, IL 61434

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