WARREN — Samuel J. Norris, 81, of Warren, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 5:50 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at Parkview Huntington Hospital in Huntington, Indiana.
He was born on Friday, Dec. 27, 1935, in Fort Recovery, Ohio. Sam married his first wife, BethAnn Lane on July 7, 1956. Sam and BethAnn lived and raised their family in Kent, Ohio. BethAnn passed away in February of 1985. He married Esther Lebsack on Saturday, Dec. 22, 1990 in Ottumwa, Iowa; she survives.
Sam and Esther moved to the Heritage Pointe Community in 2012 after years of being in the ministry. Together, the two have pastored many churches in Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Missouri and Kansas. He became a pastor in 1967 and served in the National Guard. Sam was very passionate about education and the many people who touched his life over the years. He lived his life to care and be there for others when they needed him.
During the ministry he held many offices in his profession. After retirement, Sam and Esther had a cattle farm in Missouri. Sam always enjoyed his pets: his cats Fred, Rocky and Rascal and dogs, Alfie and Queenie. He attended the Salamonie Church of the Brethren.
Survivors are his wife Esther (Lebsack) Norris of Warren; daughter-in-law Sheree Gaunt of Temperance, Michigan; his sons, Jeffrey Samuel (Jackie) Norris, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gary Robert (Lea) Norris of Churubusco, Martin Bradly (Elizabeth) Norris of Westfield, Andrew Matthews (Lara) Norris, of Columbia City, and Jerry Lawrence Kalb of Englewood, Colorado; his brother Richard (Jeannie) Norris of Coldwater, Florida; his sister, Shirley Blocker of Clearwater, Florida; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred James Norris; his mother, Era (Matthews) Norris; his first wife, BethAnn (Lane) Norris; his sons, Edward Alfred Norris and Erin Wayne Kalb; his brothers, Billy E. Norris, Alfred Jay Norris and James K. (Jewel) Norris of Fort Wayne; his sister Joan Hartley; and his infant sister, Martha Lou Norris.
A service to celebrate Sam’s life took place Tuesday at Heritage Pointe Applegate Chapel. Interment followed in the Springhill Cemetery in Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Preferred memorials are to the Kings Academy, Jacob & Marie Lebsack Scholarship, or IWU Scholarship. Please send all memorial donations to PO Box 366, Warren, IN 46792.
Arrangements were handled by Glancy – H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren.
Online condolences may be made at Obituaries – Glancy Funeral Homes.