HERINGTON –– Funeral services for Pastor Charles A. Norman, age 82, of rural Herington will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday June 1, 2013 at the Emmanuel Church in Abilene with Pastors John Hawbaker, Charles Duncan, and Mark Stanger officiating. Pastor Norman went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Herington Municipal Hospital.
He was born February 14, 1931 in Topeka, Kansas the son of Claude and Clara (Engel) Norman. Pastor graduated from Herington High School and attended Kansas City Bible College. Charles received Christ as his savior at the age of six in his parents’ home.
Out of obedience to his Lord he felt God's call to the ministry. From this call came various pastoral opportunities. He summer interned at Gibson Heights United Presbyterian church in St. Louis, Missouri and then pastored at Grace Bible Church in Parkerville, Kansas, Rock Springs Bible Church near Holden, Missouri. He then filled in as Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Southern Dickinson County. Following, he pastored at the Rosebank Brethren in Christ Church near Hope, Kansas, the Navarre Church of the Brethren, at Navarre, Kansas, the Wichita Brethren in Christ Church in Wichita, Kansas, and the Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Presbyterian and Carlton Presbyterian Church until his passing. Also for a short time he served at the Berean Navajo Mission near Bloomfield, New Mexico.
Furthermore in his 62 years of ministry he also traveled extensively in evangelistic work. Pastor Norman's greatest passion was serving his Lord. However he worked in other capacities such as: Northwestern Aeronautical on Marshall Field at Ft. Riley, was the manager of Memorial Art Company in Abilene, and was the superintendent of the Brown Memorial Home.
Up until his death he served for many years as a board member for the Brown Memorial Foundation. He was a member of the Abilene Brethren in Christ Church and served on many denominational boards. He loved the Word of God, his family and flying his airplane.
On November 6, 1954 he married the love of his life, Doris Elaine Anderson in Parkerville. She survives of the home. Pastor is also survived by his son Pastor Stan Norman and his wife Beth of Rural Abilene, sister Erma Norman of Salina; three grandchildren J.C. Norman and his wife Melissa, Kendra Norman, and Bryce Norman; two great grandchildren Colby and Caleb Norman. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Pastor Norman’s final resting place will be in the Rosebank Cemetery near Hope, Kansas. Visitation with the family receiving friends will be from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Brethren in Christ Church in Abilene at 11th and Buckeye. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren in Christ World Missions, the Slavic Gospel Association, or to the organization of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.martinbeckercarlson.com
(This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Pastor Charles A. Norman)