Norman LeRoy House


Norman LeRoy House, 89, of North Platte, NE, passed away at home on Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Norman was born October 27, 1924, to Albert Roy and Electa Louise Hankins House at Paxton, NE where he grew up. He graduated from Paxton High School in 1943 then joined the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Air Corps a month later. Norman served four years during W.W.II and received a Purple Heart.

On January 14, 1946, Norman married Marcelle Varlyne Crook at her parent’s home in Paxton. Following his discharge in 1947, Norman returned to Paxton and worked for Chrisp Electric and Telephone Company. He later attended the American Academy of Horology in Denver, CO to become a certified watch maker. Norman and Marcelle moved to North Platte in 1950 where he worked for Gould Jewelry. They later started House of Time in 1954 and owned it until they retired in 1987.

Marcelle and Norman enjoyed their retirement years and did some traveling which included hunting trips to Canada. He also loved to fish, golf and hunt.

Norman was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rotary Noon Group, Toast Masters, American Legion P.R. Halligan Post #163 and a past member of the Elk Club. He was also a life member of the V.F.W. Post #1504, N.R.A. and D.A.V. Chapter #3.

He is survived by his daughters, Sherolyn “Sherry” (Vaughn) Bishop, of Buena Vista, CO and Janiece (Scott L.) Garrett, of North Platte; six grandchildren, Kendra (Ken) Conkle, Keri (Pete) Mangers, Kyle Bishop (fiancée, Katie Kumnick), Amanda Garrett, Justin (Tawny) Garrett and Allysun Garrett; four great-grandchildren, Emma, Addy and Aubrey Mangers and Israel Garrett; his sister, Roene Hutson, of Chadron, NE; a brother, Allen House, of Sioux Falls, SD; sister-in-law, Virginia Crook, of North Platte; brother-in-law, Gary (Rosa) Crook, of Omaha, NE; several nieces, nephews and other family.

Norman was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelle; his parents, Albert and Electa House; a sister-in-law, Birdie House; and two brothers-in-law, R. Dean Crook and Kenneth Hutson.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Frank Fitch III officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday with family greeting friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at Memorials can be made to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church or Great Plains Hospice. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.