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(May 10, 1926 – July 27, 2013)

Norman Andrew Stephenson was born in Marion, MI to Robert and Bessie Bell Carson Stephenson on May 10, 1926. He is the beloved husband of Ruth Elizabeth Stephenson and loving father of Lori (Stephenson) and son-in-law Rod Trautman of Williamsburg, MI; Mark and daughter-in-law Shelly Stephenson of Troy, MI; and Scott Stephenson of Midland, MI. He is adored and survived by his grandchildren, Andrew, Adam, and Alec Trautman, Robert and Justin Stephenson, and Spencer, Julia and Maya Stephenson. Norm was predeceased by his five siblings, Doris, John, Dale, Gladys, and Ann. He was raised on a farm in Marion, MI, and sang with his sister Ann at various churches throughout the county. He is a graduate of Marion High School, Class of 1944, and Michigan State University, Class of 1950, earning his Bachelor of Science degree. During his college years, he enjoyed boxing and wrestling, winning the title for the 175 Lb. Class, All-College Wrestling Tournament his freshman year. Prior to his graduation, he proudly served his country during WWII as a field artillery sergeant in Fort Bragg, NC, and participated on the army?ÇÖs football team. After graduating, he worked for the Chicago Stockyards as a professional auctioneer. Returning to Michigan, he modeled for Chrysler Corporation. Then he worked closely with the automotive industry as a sales manager for Marchant Calculators. Later he formed Normandy Leasing Company. Norm also competed in the equestrian circuit in the midwest and never lost his love for horses or animals. Norm married Ruth E. Arbury on April 13, 1963. The couple moved to Midland, MI in 1965, where he joined Howard H. Arbury & Associates, Inc. The company became Arbury & Stephenson Inc. where he remained as the president and actively involved until his retirement on December 31, 1996. Norm was active in the Rotary Club, Elks Club, American Legion, Shriners, Masons, and Michigan Sheriff?ÇÖs Association. He held the position of Honorary Deputy Sheriff of Wayne County Michigan and was a former Board Member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was very active in the Dow High Booster Club and always attended the Midland County Sports Boosters Luncheon. Norm and Ruth recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with their family. Norm most enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and especially enjoyed attending his children?ÇÖs sporting events, and later his grandchildren?ÇÖs activities. He loved spending time with his family at his Elk Lake home. Norm was a true Irishman, always having a story to tell and having a laugh to share. Norm had a joy for life, waterskiing and downhill skiing with his family well into his 70?ÇÖs! Norm was a wonderful man. His friendliness and kindness will be missed by his family, friends and those in the Midland community. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Memorial Presbyterian Church with Reverend Catherine S. Chang officiating. The family will receive friends on at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 4 until 7 pm and at the church on Wed. from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Hydro Cephlaus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Ste. 905, Bethesda, MD, 20814.Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com