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Norman J. Criss
January 31, 1946 - July 01, 2012
Norman Jay “Stormin Norman” Criss, 66, of Fulton, died Sunday evening, July 1, at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, from complications after a twelve-year battle with Multiple Myeloma cancer.
Norm was born in Oskaloosa, IA, on January 31, 1946, to Edward E. and Sylvia (Stephen) Criss. He lived in New Sharon, IA, through fifth grade; Griswold, IA, in sixth and seventh grade; Cedar Rapids, IA, in eighth and ninth grade; and graduated from Fulton High School in 1964. Norm attended the University of Northern Iowa and was married to Sharon Wiersema on August 18, 1967, at First Reformed Church in Fulton.
He worked at A.C. Nielsen in Clinton from 1965-1966; Fidelity Life Association in Fulton from 1966-1972; and Heusinkveld House of Lighting in Fulton from 1972-1973. He then spent nearly 38 years at Drives, Incorporated, from 1973 until he was informed that his position of Traffic Manager would be eliminated in January, 2011.
While in school and college, Norm was heavily involved in sports, including football, wrestling and baseball. Following college, he played fast pitch softball for area teams and enjoyed those years very much. He was an avid supporter of Iowa Hawkeye athletics. He carried that passion after having children by coaching sports and volunteering with the Fulton Recreation Association and Fulton High School Athletic Boosters. He also supported his children in each of their other endeavors. Norm and his family loved 23 foster children from 1981 until 1992.
Community involvement in Fulton through the years also included the Jaycee’s, Youth Center Committee, and Salvation Army liaison. Norm was one of Fulton’s first state licensed Emergency Medical Technicians and responded to countless calls with River Bend Ambulance Service in Fulton during the next ten years. Additionally, he has been an avid supporter of the American Cancer Society through fundraising with his team, Stormin Norman’s Relay for Life, raising over $130,000 in the past nine years. Norm was chosen as the Honorary Chairperson for the 2008 Relay For Life event in Clinton County.
Norm was a former member of First Reformed Church in Fulton, where he served as an elder, deacon, and treasurer. He was then a member of Open Bible Fellowship where he served on the Elder Board and led the men’s ministry for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon; his mother, Sylvia of Charlotte, MI; three sons, Rich (Lynelle) of Morrison, David (Katie) of Sugar Grove, IL, and James (Jane) of Alexandria, VA; five grandchildren, Brittany and Allysa of Morrison; Madison, Averie and Andrew of Sugar Grove; and two brothers, Drs. Wayne (Bilge) of Ankara, Turkey, and Donald (Jan) of Okemos, MI.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; his daughter, Lisa; and his foster son, Joseph “Joey” Strader.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:00 AM Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Open Bible Fellowship – Morrison, IL
OFFICIATING: Rev. Chris Byrd - Pastor: Open Bible Fellowship – Morrison, IL
VISITATION: 3:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, July 6, 2012 at Fulton Chapel – Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home
INTERMENT: Fulton Township Cemetery – Fulton, IL
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Open Bible Fellowship or to Stormin Norman’s Relay for Life.