In Memory of

Raymond J. Norine

July 5, 1930 - July 11, 2022
From: Fort Dodge, IA | Originally: Gowrie, IA

GOWRIE – Raymond J. Norine, 92, died Monday, July 11, at Friendship Haven, Fort Dodge.
Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, July 26, 2022 (NOTE THE DATE) at Zion Lutheran Church,
Gowrie, with Pastor Denise Berns officiating. A visitation will be 1 PM until the start of the service at the
church. Private family burial will be at Gowrie Township Cemetery. Memorials may be left to family
discretion. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie, is in charge of arrangements.

Ray is survived by five children: Gregg (Martha) Norine, Gowrie; Ron (Bernita) Norine, Fort Dodge;
Shelley VanZelderen, Scranton; Brian (Karen) Norine, formerly Rockwell City; and Lori (Rick) Peterson,
Cottonwood AZ. Also 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren with one more on the way, and brother
Russ Norine, Friendship Haven. He was preceded in death by his parents Albin and Hannah Norine; wife
Phyllis Norine (2007); sisters Helen Magnusson and Florence Targgart; and son-in-law Cornelius “Case”

Ray was born July 5, 1930, in Gowrie. He was raised and educated in Gowrie, graduating from Gowrie
High School in 1948. He attended one year at Fort Dodge Junior College and one year at the Art Institute
of Chicago. He married Phyllis Richardson of Dayton on Sept. 15, 1950, and the couple established their
home in Gowrie. Among his jobs, Ray was employed by the Gowrie bank, Johnson Lumber Co. and
Wendell Electric. In 1972 he and Phyllis opened Norine’s Variety Store in Gowrie, which they owned and
operated until retiring in 1995.

Ray was very active in the community, including the Gowrie Historical Society, and at Zion Lutheran. He
was an avid golfer, a lifelong Cubs fan, and a handyman who spent countless hours helping his grown
children and others in the community.

Memorial Services
2:00 p.m. - Tuesday
July 26, 2022
Zion Lutheran Church
Gowrie, Iowa
Pastor Denise Berns
1:00 p.m. - Tuesday
July 26, 2022
Zion Lutheran Church
Gowrie, Iowa
Gowrie Township Cemetery
Gowrie, Iowa


Friday, July 22, 2022 at 6:41 PM
“My condolences to the entire Norine family. I knew Ray from back in my school days at Gowrie when Ray was in high school and I was in grade school. He was quite the baseball pitcher and basketball player. We also shared some good times during the past few years as residents together at Friendship Haven in Fort Dodge. RIP Ray!”
- Dick Anderson

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 9:22 AM
“To the Norine family, My sympathies to you from a old friend of Ray. Ray and I played for Dr Roach on the Gowrie Junior Legion Team. Ray was great left handed pitcher and I was his catcher. Lots of memories from our times playing baseball together. Ed Hendrickson Okoboji”
- Ed Hendrickson

Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 11:04 AM
“Wonderful memories from Zion, variety store. Good memories for all my Creger boys too.”
- Ruth Fridolfson

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 4:17 PM
“Sending my sincere condolences to the Norine Family. Ray was a wonderful person and I have so many fond memories of the store he and Phyllis ran and their contribution to the business community in Gowrie. ”
- Debra Springer Satterfield

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 3:32 PM
“Sorry to hear of Ray passing.Our sympathy goes out to his family 🙏 Ray was the best neighbor ever and will be missed. ”
- Vit Robin

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 2:59 PM
“You have my deepest sympathy. Ray was a great asset to Gowrie. ”
- Gus Barker

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 2:55 PM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. I got to know Ray while I worked at Friendship Haven. I always enjoyed his stories and visits. ”
- Brittany Drew

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 6:59 AM
“So sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful guy. Prayers for all of you. ”
- Betty Peterson

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