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Memorial service Wednesday for John Norris 64

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John Norris, age 64, of Dune Acres, IN, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015.

He was born in Denver, CO, on August 27, 1950, to Van and Joyce (Bishop) Norris.

John is survived by his wife, Bette Norris of Dune Acres; children, Adam (wife, Mae) Norris of Arcadia, CA, Abby (husband, Kortney) Norris Hall of Harrogate, England, and Ian Norris of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Emerson and Everett Hall and Luke Norris; brothers, Brian (wife, Lauren) Norris of Westville, IN, and Chris (wife, Sharon) Norris of Surprise, AZ; sister, Patricia (husband, Steve) Jahns of Lawrenceville, GA; niece, Aubree (husband, Greg) Slavik of Southampton, England, and nephew, Brett Norris of Greenwood, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John retired from Duneland Schools in 2012. He taught at Westchester Middle School, now Chesterton Middle School for 42 years. Next to his family his love of teaching was paramount in his life. He was known for his teaching of gifted and talented students and won many awards during his career. He was recognized many times by students of the 5% Club at Chesterton High School. He also coached tennis and swimming at CHS. He was actively involved with Montage, an after school program for GT students. John also served as a negotiator for many teacher contracts.

John was active in his town and had served on the Dune Acres Town Council, Plan Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, from 5:00 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 8, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. with Memorial Service beginning at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Duneland Education Foundation, 601 West Morgan Avenue, Chesterton, IN, 46304. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 4/3/2015




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