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James H. Norvell

July 25, 2017
Emmetsburg News

GRAND MARAIS, MN- James H. 'Big Jim' Norvell passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 11th at St. Luke's Hospice in Duluth, he was 77 years old.

Jim was born on Sept. 21, 1939 to Horace and Jeanne Norvell. He met and married his wife Judy on Nov. 19, 1960.

In the 1970's Jim and Judy raised their four children in various cities in North Dakota and Minnesota. Jim worked for the Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts of America for most of his adult life where he fostered a great love for the kids, not only of his own but of all kids. Not a Girl Scout passed by that he did not buy boxes of cookies from.

In the 1980's Jim and Judy discovered the North Shore by first coming to work weekends at Solbakken Resort and eventually buying a second home at Norwood Shores in Lutsen. After a few years of weekends, they realized the dream of owning a business and purchased the Schroeder Short Stop which Jim ran for several years.

He loved being a part of the West End community which was clear through his involvement in the Father Baraga's Cross project and the Schroeder Historical Society. He was also a Citizen of the Year for the small town he dearly loved.

He next worked at the AmericInn in Tofte and eventually found his calling selling real estate for the Detrick Family at Coldwell Banker North Shore. He loved meeting people who had the same dream of living and working on the North Shore.

Jim then retired and spent the rest of his years chasing his grandkids all over the state to every game they played. Whether it was volleyball, hockey, softball, or baseball, he rarely missed a game. No matter where they played, his grandkids were blessed to have the most devoted fan ever and in turn they were the light of his life. And it wasn't just sports; he was a huge supporter of the Cook County High School Band, the local Girl Scout troops and a bonus Grandpa to many kids in Cook County.

He was also a long time parishioner at St. John's Catholic Church where he was frequently a lector.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Patty.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy, daughter Kathy, daughter Susan Roy (Jim), son Andy (Shelley), grandchildren Madison, Cameron, Hailey, Nate, Megan and two great grandchildren; Max Norvell (Ruth), Scott Norvell and Anne Norvell Kuehl (Dan).

We are grateful for the kind and compassionate care he received at St. Luke's Hospice, the staff made a very difficult time a bit more bearable.



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