Norris Dean Julson

Norris Dean Julson

Birth
Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota, USA
Death
6 Mar 2022 (aged 85)
Bullhead City, Mohave County, Arizona, USA
Burial
Cremated. Specifically: His ashes may later be buried in a cemetery. I will update if that happens. They are currently in his son's possession.
Memorial ID
241360484 View Source

Norris Dean Julson, 85, died Sunday, March 6, 2022 at his home in Bullhead City, Arizona. He was born on September 12, 1936 at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Leona (Zickuhr) Julson.

In April of 1942 when he was in grade school, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where his father worked at a defense plant. After returning to his hometown in Northwood, Iowa, in July of 1946, Norris enjoyed hunting and sports. He played baseball and football but was especially gifted in basketball. At 6' 5" he was center for the Northwood High School Vikings basketball team and served as Captain. Norris and his team broke many records. As one of the all-time highest scorers, he broke an individual record of 44 points in a single game.

Norris was inducted into the U.S. Army on November 30, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa. He served in as a personnel clerk in the division's headquarters (Hq & Hq Company Support Group) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There he also attended Airborne School from April of 1956 to May of 1956 and completed 22 jumps as a paratrooper of the 101st Airborne Division. Norris was honorably discharged after 3 years of service on Dec 1, 1958 and moved to California. He married Maryanne Veronne in 1962 in North Hollywood. They adopted a son, Eric, who was born in 1969. They later divorced in 1976 in Los Angeles.

While living in Reseda, California, Norris was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Sherman Oaks for 35 years where he delivered mail to many celebrities. He met his wife, Mary Catherine Gromowsky, while having breakfast before his route at Kerry's Coffee Shop on Ventura Boulevard where she served as a waitress. They were married in 1980. In 2003, they moved to Bullhead City, Arizona, and remained there together for 33 years until her death in 2013.

Norris loved animals and especially enjoyed feeding the birds every morning. He had a heart for people who were struggling. He gave money to the homeless often and gave rides to people who didn't have transportation. He loved betting on horse races and smoking Cuban cigars. Norris had a fantastic sense of humor. He was sharp, witty, sarcastic and apathetic all at the same time.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Catherine (Gromowsky); and his siblings: Darroll (JoAnn) Julson and Beverly (Murray) Coon.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son Eric (Anne) Julson; grandchildren Megan, Emily, Brynn, and Wyatt; and his sister June Pleak as well as nieces and nephews He will be especially missed by his grandniece Angela (Scott) Windfield, with whom he had a special friendship in his final years.

Norris Dean Julson, 85, died Sunday, March 6, 2022 at his home in Bullhead City, Arizona. He was born on September 12, 1936 at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Leona (Zickuhr) Julson.

In April of 1942 when he was in grade school, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where his father worked at a defense plant. After returning to his hometown in Northwood, Iowa, in July of 1946, Norris enjoyed hunting and sports. He played baseball and football but was especially gifted in basketball. At 6' 5" he was center for the Northwood High School Vikings basketball team and served as Captain. Norris and his team broke many records. As one of the all-time highest scorers, he broke an individual record of 44 points in a single game.

Norris was inducted into the U.S. Army on November 30, 1955 in Des Moines, Iowa. He served in as a personnel clerk in the division's headquarters (Hq & Hq Company Support Group) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There he also attended Airborne School from April of 1956 to May of 1956 and completed 22 jumps as a paratrooper of the 101st Airborne Division. Norris was honorably discharged after 3 years of service on Dec 1, 1958 and moved to California. He married Maryanne Veronne in 1962 in North Hollywood. They adopted a son, Eric, who was born in 1969. They later divorced in 1976 in Los Angeles.

While living in Reseda, California, Norris was a letter carrier for the US Postal Service in Sherman Oaks for 35 years where he delivered mail to many celebrities. He met his wife, Mary Catherine Gromowsky, while having breakfast before his route at Kerry's Coffee Shop on Ventura Boulevard where she served as a waitress. They were married in 1980. In 2003, they moved to Bullhead City, Arizona, and remained there together for 33 years until her death in 2013.

Norris loved animals and especially enjoyed feeding the birds every morning. He had a heart for people who were struggling. He gave money to the homeless often and gave rides to people who didn't have transportation. He loved betting on horse races and smoking Cuban cigars. Norris had a fantastic sense of humor. He was sharp, witty, sarcastic and apathetic all at the same time.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Catherine (Gromowsky); and his siblings: Darroll (JoAnn) Julson and Beverly (Murray) Coon.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son Eric (Anne) Julson; grandchildren Megan, Emily, Brynn, and Wyatt; and his sister June Pleak as well as nieces and nephews He will be especially missed by his grandniece Angela (Scott) Windfield, with whom he had a special friendship in his final years.


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  • Added: 6 Jul 2022
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