Norman D. Fadley, 82, of Findlay, passed away at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Birchaven Village.
He was born July 11, 1930, in Tiffin, to the late David R. and Herma L. (Wilson) Fadley. He married Janet (Grubbs) Fadley June 18, 1966, and they divorced in February of 1989. He married Linda Ebersole May 12, 1991, and she survives.
Norman also is survived by his daughter, Norma Jean (Kevin) Robbins of Fostoria; two sisters, Modest R. (John) Perry of Green Springs and Lynn (Leon) Charles of Fostoria; half sister, Wanda Ruth Williams; four grandchildren, April, Amanda, Ashley and Austin Robbins; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a sister, Wanetta R. Smith.
Norman was a graduate of Columbian High School and attended Findlay College for two years. Norman was a D.A.V., having served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953, due to a disability he incurred during the war.
He was a longtime member of the Findlay American Legion Post No. 3. He was passionate about all the patriotic holidays, flying the flag proudly and respectfully. Norman was a former member of Hopewell Church of God, Tiffin, and Calvary Baptist Church, Findlay. He most recently attended Trinity Lutheran Church, Arcadia.
In his younger years, he was passionate about oil painting, and his favorite piece was "The Magi" where he did a lot of biblical research before he painted the piece. In the 1960s, he worked at Mercy Tiffin Hospital in the kitchen. He later worked for Independent Towel Co. as a truck driver, delivering routes. Then in 1978 he started delivering papers for The Courier, where he delivered on three to five different routes depending on the day of the week.
Norman really liked listening to gospel music, and he and his wife frequently visited the Hancock County Agency on Aging (senior citizen center).
Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, and for one hour (10-11 a.m.) prior to the funeral at the church.
His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arcadia. Pastor DJ Dent will officiate. Burial will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery, east of Findlay, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.
Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.