Norman Joseph Imhoff, husband of Lupe Imhoff of 56 years, passed away peacefully in his Dunsmuir home Thursday morning, January 14, 2010
Norman was born in 1919 and grew up working on his parent’s family farm just outside Tipton, Missouri. He would not have attended high school had the principal not convinced his parents, Philip and Mary, otherwise.
A bright young sprout, Norman graduated as the high school valedictorian and then began working at the community bank in Tipton. Norman was the second youngest in a family of eight children.
Before World War II, Norman headed west to California seeking a better future. When war broke out, he joined the US Navy and served in the Pacific eventually becoming a Chief Petty Officer.
After WWII ended, the lure of great fly fishing brought Norman to Dunsmuir where he worked at Bank of America.
When the Korean War began he was called back to active duty. After serving two years, he made it back to continue life in Dunsmuir, “God’s country” as he called it.
Fishing for trout soon became the second love of his life when he met a Dunsmuir girl, Lupe Padilla, who also worked at the bank. Norman and Lupe married in 1953.
Norman retired from the bank after 43 years to enjoy gardening as well as planting trees at his children’s homes.
Norman is survived by his wife, Lupe; and his children, Tom of Chico, Phil of Winnetka, California, Mark of Palatine, Illinois, Jim of Colusa, California, Norman of Cassel, California, Tim of Huntington Beach, Patrick of Atascadero, California, and Tonia Dolf of Mount Shasta; as well as their spouses and 17 grandchildren.
There will be a Memorial Mass for Norman this spring, March 27, at St. John’s Catholic Church, celebrating the new life that comes from death.