Aug. 7 Barbara Nanita Rech, 82,
Aug. 6 Dorothy A. Gorham, 92, of Ten Sleep
Aug. 9 Charlotte Marie Hall, 62, of Manderson, in Casper
Aug. 12 George David Michaels, 89, of Burlington, in Cody
Aug. 9 Jacqueline Ann Wolf Shubert, 77, of Cheyenne, formerly of Worland
Aug. 20 DonElla Chesteen, 73, of Thermopolis, in Riverton
Aug. 14 Richard Neil Meisinger, 89, of Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Aug. 23 Helen M. Bond, 84, of Worland, in Maplewood, Minn.
Aug. 23 Eleanor “Ellie” Strickler, 89, formerly of Worland, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Aug. 27, John Holt Van Norman, 77, of Billings, Montana, formerly of Worland
Former Worland resident John Holt Van Norman, 77, passed away on
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 in Billings, Montana after suffering a
heart attack. At the time of his death, John was doing what he
enjoyed, taking care of his rental properties.
John was born Oct. 5, 1936 in Sioux St. Marie, Michigan to John T. and Alma F. (Holt) Van Norman. John spent his early childhood in Michigan then moved to Nebraska and later to California to finish his education.
At an early age, John knew what he wanted and left home at 13 years old. John worked and traveled and at 17 years of age, he received approval from his father to enter the U.S. Marine Corps. John served in the Marines and was honorably discharged on Dec. 9, 1961.
John attended Pasadena City College and graduated in June 1963. John had numerous positions that led him to work for the parent company of Pepsi Cola out of New York City, New York which brought him to Billings, Montana.
In 1972, John met Leona H. Solem and started a romance that would last the rest of his life. On June 23, 1978, along with Leona’s three daughters, Brenda, Rhonda and Sheila, they were united in marriage.
John decided traveling for Parent Pepsi wasn’t a fit anymore and moved his family to Worland where he finished his professional career with Fremont Beverage Bottling Company.
In 1990, John and Leona moved back to Billings and continued their residential rental business.
At the time of his death, John was the president of the Billings Landlords Association, a member of the board of directors for Giant Springs Natural Spring water, a member of the American Legion, and a senior golf member of Lake Hills Golf Course. John was also very active in the Republican Party and the Billings Pachyderm.
John spent his spare time with his family, fishing, golfing, reading and hunting. John golfed his best game on his last day of golfing and his team finished in first place.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Rose Van Norman; his grandparents; and his Aunt Betty and Uncle Bob Beahan.
John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Leona; daughters, Brenda Warila (Tim Hedrick) of Gillette, Rhonda (Ross) Baglien of Spokane, Washington and Sheila (Ringo) Dooley of Dickinson, North Dakota; his grandchildren, Amber (Chris) Coddington, Matthew (Angie) Warila, Lyndsey (Doug) Babcock, Carissa Baglien, Shelby Baglien, Nathan Dooley and Ashtyn Dooley; his great-grandchildren, Kathleen, Tyler and Rebecca Coddington, Ava Warila who was born on John’s 75th birthday, and Blake Babcock. He is also survived by his brother, Jerry (Norma) Holt and family; and cousins, Rob and Judy Beahan and Dr. Charlotte Beahan.
Please direct donations to the Wounded Warriors and the Fischer Foundation.
A private family service with military honors will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31. A celebration of life will follow at the American Legion, 1540 Broadwater Avenue at 2:30 p.m. for all friends and family.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”