(June 19, 1918 – October 23, 2010)
Norman Denmark ?Ç£Norm?Ç¥ Hitchcock, 92On October 23, 2010, Norman left his earthly home for the streets of Gold with his loving son by his side. Norman was born June 19, 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio to George and Ada Hitchcock. Norman married the former Esther Trott on June 19, 1943 she predeceased him on December 20, 1993. Together they had two children, David and Beth. Norman spent his early years on a 76-acre farm in Ashtabula, Ohio where he went to school by horse and wagon. Norman moved to Midland with his parents and brothers in the 1920?ÇÖs. He and his brothers worked clearing land and cutting wood. Norman joined the Coast Artillery in 1941, serving his country during World War II until is honorable discharge in 1945. During his military years, he was stationed in Biddeford, Maine Portland Headlight, where he met the love of his life, Esther. They spent 50 wonderful years together. Norman worked for the Dow Chemical Company for 40 years as a pipefitter tradesman in the valve shop, retiring in 1979. He served as Larkin Township Treasurer for 17 years; was the initiator of the Larkin Township Volunteer Fire Department in 1955, where he served as Chief from 1955 -1975. The fire department?ÇÖs first Fire Barn was located on Norman?ÇÖs property at the corner of Waldo & Monroe Roads. He was proud member of The First Baptist Church, where he was honored on June 6, 2009, for 56 years of membership. He was a member of the Search Committee when the church relocated to its current location at the corner of Washington & Sugnet streets.After his retirement from Dow Chemical, Norman and Esther enjoyed many travels around the country. One of Norman?ÇÖs favorite trips was to Alaska. They regularly wintered in Alamo, TX where he was a volunteer driver for the Children?ÇÖs Haven in Texas and enjoyed taking bus trips to visit the children in the Rio Grande Children?ÇÖs Orphanage across the border in Mexico. He was a volunteer for the Alamo fire department. He spent his summers in Michigan as a volunteer driver for the Council on Aging. One of Norman?ÇÖs favorite pastimes was sitting in his lawn chair watching the traffic go by as well as his daily lunch outing at the Mills Senior Center.Norman will be greatly missed by his loving and devoted son and daughter-in-law David T. Hitchcock (Jennifer) and his grandchildren Michael (Sabrina) Hitchcock of Rochester Hills, Heather Hitchcock of Texas, Sara (Mike) Davila of Midland, Cara Hitchcock of Bay City and Shawna Kobel of Midland, Chase Kobel of Howell and Kendall Kobel of Midland. He was blessed with eight Great Grandchildren. Norman leaves behind a very dear companion Stella Card and her family, a sister-in-law Jane Hitchcock, nephew Jim (Kathryn) Hitchcock and children, Joyce (Franklin) McPherson and children, and Karen Hitchcock. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his infant daughter Beth, and brothers, Gordon and Keith Hitchcock.Dave and Jenn would like to express their gratitude to Kim and her staff at K&K Quality Care for the wonderful care they gave Norm. A special thanks Dr. Eschbach and Dr. Khan, as well as, F300 at MidMichigan Medical Center for the wonderful care he received. A Funeral Service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Wednesday, Oct 27, at 11:00 am with Reverend John Dick and Pastor Emeritus Dr. Joseph I. Mortensen officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 4 until 7 pm, and on Wed. at the church from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Interment will take place at Midland City Cemetery. Full Military honors under the Auspices of the U.S. Army Honor Guard and the Midland County Veterans.Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider First Baptist Church.