Norman DeBlieck | News, Sports, Jobs

Dec 20 1926-Dec. 24, 2021

TRACY – Christian burial mass for Norman R. DeBlieck, 95 from Tracy, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy with a live broadcast on the Stephens Funeral Service Facebook page . Visitations will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. Visitations will continue one hour before the church service on Friday. Interment will be in the Catholic cemetery of Calvaire in Tracy. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home helps the family make the arrangements.

Norman died on Friday, December 24, 2021 at the Murray County Hospice in Slayton.

Norman R. DeBlieck was born December 20, 1926 to Emiel and Cecilia (Landuyt) DeBlieck on the family farm near Walnut Grove. He was baptized at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Norman and his family moved to Charles Cart Farm in 1931 and then to John D. Owens Farm in 1932. Norman attended and graduated from School District 72 in Lyon County. He stayed at home to help his parents cultivate. In 1944 Norman began to cultivate on his own. In 1948, he met Edith, daughter of Dow & Ann Christensen from Balaton. Edith was employed at Tracy Hospital. On May 24, 1950, Norman and Edith were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. From this union were born 10 children: Paul, Keith, Bruce, Marian, Lee, Conni, Wayne and three deceased children. Norman joined the Minnesota National Guard in 1948 and was called up to service in 1950 for the Korean conflict. He stopped farming during his service. In 1952 Norman was honorably released and returned home to resume farming. He went to agricultural school for two years. In 1963 Norman and Edith bought their own farm and then moved north to Tracy. Norman has been active in various farm organizations, including the Minnesota Farmers Union and the National Farmers Organization, and has served on numerous committees in Groundswell. He was president of the Lyon County DFL and served on numerous boards and committees. In 1986, Norman was elected state representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Governor Perpich asked him to make a fact-finding trip to Panama and Honduras for the state of Minnesota. Norman traveled to Europe and Germany with General Sieben, to inspect military installations during his stay. He was vice-president of the National Committee for Agriculture. He has always worked for the improvement of agriculture. Norman introduced and passed a law to build a veterans’ home somewhere in southwest Minnesota. Norman has long been a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church; he was a bailiff and later worked on the construction of St. Mary’s School. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Marian Council 1750, and the Tracy American Legion, Earle Ray Post # 173. He loved to travel and made many trips to Europe to meet relatives. After 48 years of farming, Edith and Norman retired and bought a house in Tracy. He helped Tracy Floral as a handyman and gardener; where he worked closely with Pam & Tam. The couple lived for 15 winters in Mission, Texas. There he served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tropical Valley Acres Lot Owners Association. Norman and Edith volunteered to help with Mission TX, Chamber of Commerce for ten years. He helped start the youth gun training program at Garvin. Norman was an avid hunter and trapper. He enjoyed deer hunting and made many trips out west. Norman was a Christian and cherished his wife Edith Ann, 59 years and 10 months old. He loved their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and in-laws.

Norman is survived by his children: Paul (Mary) of Redwood Falls, Keith (Diane) of Dalton, Bruce (Phillis) of Willmar, Marian (Curt) of Balaton, Lee (Sharon) of Marshall, Conni (Adam) of Las Cruces, NM, and Wayne of Granite Falls; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Pat DeBlieck; and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in the death of his parents, wife (Edith), three children at birth, daughter-in-law; Liz DeBlieck, five brothers: Harry, William, Walter, Donald and Maurice in infancy.

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