Norman Sevcik

Norman Francis Sevcik was born December 31, 1946, at home on his parents farm in Wheatland Township, Rice County, Minnesota, to Myles and Bessie (Cervenka) Sevcik. He was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lonsdale. He attended I.C. School and graduated from New Prague High School in 1964. He served in the National Guard and in 1966 began working for Despatch Industries in Lakeville. He married Karen Malecha in 1969 and together they had two children, Lisa and Scott. They later divorced. Norman married Carmen Fossum on September 30, 1983, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and together they had a son, Jeremy. They moved to their home in Webster Township in 1992. In 2003 Norman retired from Despatch and began working for Northfield Lines where he drove school bus and motorcoach until his health failed. Driving school bus was not a chore for Norman, he greatly enjoyed the relationships he developed with the kids.

Norman was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Northfield American Legion, and the Rice County Steam and Gas Club where he had served in many offices. He was a charter member and past vice president of the Northland Case Collectors and a member of Chapter #15 State IH Organization. He was a past member of the Lonsdale American Legion, the Lonsdale Jaycees, and in high school he was active in FFA. He enjoyed collecting Case and International Harvest tractors, going to auctions, spending time doing anything outdoors, and taking his family to weekend farm shows. He was honest, strong, determined and a good problem solver. His greatest joy came from his family and he loved them and spending time with them.

Survivors include is wife, Carmen; 3 children: Lisa and husband Bruce Skluzacek of Lonsdale, Scott and wife Lisa of Northfield, Jeremy and significant other Jessica Norgaard of Northfield; 6 grandchildren: Tyler, Brookelyn, Tanner, Courtney, Jacob and Madyson; one sister and her husband, Grace and Don Sticha of Lonsdale; his mother-in-law, Harriet Fossum of Northfield; 2 sisters-in-law, Sue Sevcik and Charlene Hamblin, both of Northfield; 3 brothers-in-law and their wives: Loren and Anne Fossum, Layton and Lynn Fossum, Lowell and Loretta Fossum, all of Northfield; 9 nieces, 3 nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Al & Marvin; and his father-in-law Palmer Fossum.

Norman passed away after a courageous battle against cancer, with his wife and children by his side, on Tuesday morning, February 26, 2008, at his home in Webster Township.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 1, 2008, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield with Rev. Craig Ellingboe officiating. Music will be provided by Donna Paulsen and Barb Moore. Interment with military honors will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield. Honorary casket bearers will be his God children: Sandi Skluzacek, Sheri Skluzacek, Jennifer Kriske, Tim Sevcik, Ashley Fossum and Ethan Hamblin. Casket bearers will be Mark Estrem, Bill Kaul, Lenny Moore, Chuck Muckey, Herman Transburg and Gary Valek. Visitation will be 4-8PM Friday, February 29, 2008, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and will continue on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.

Memorials are preferred to St. Peter’s Church, the Rice County Steam & Gas Club, or Northfield Hospice.

Arrangements are with Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.