Floyd Thomas Norris, 90, a longtime resident of Springdale, passed away at his home on May 12, 2013. Floyd was born on April 30, 1923, in Valley, Wash., to Oscar and Florence (Evans) Norris.
Floyd graduated as valedictorian from Springdale High School in 1941. After graduation, he spent two years working for the railroad before joining the U.S. Army in 1943. Floyd served as a combat engineer in the South Pacific and Japan and completed his service in 1946.
After his return home with his experience in operating heavy equipment, he obtained a position with the Forest Service. He also operated equipment on several large construction sites in several different states.
Floyd married Edna Baker on Sept. 22, 1951, in Springdale.
In the mid-1960s Floyd began spending more time working on his farm raising sheep and cattle. He enjoyed working with wood and built beautiful pieces of furniture over the years.
Floyd also had a great love for his Border Collies and spent countless hours raising and training them.
He was great horseman and passed on to his children the skill of riding horses.
Over the years Floyd spent many hours volunteering and was an excellent mentor to the children at school, as he served on the Agriculture Advisory Board. For a number of years he served as the 4-H leader and was the timekeeper at the Springdale Rodeo.
His family was very dear to his heart and he will be greatly missed by all.
Floyd is survived by his wife, Edna, of Springdale; two sons, Kyle Norris (and wife Donna) of Benton City, Wash., and Kelly Norris (and wife Debbie) of Ephrata, Wash.; one daughter, Debbie Sieverkropp (and husband Bill) of Ephrata; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mr. Norris will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Chewelah, followed by a luncheon at the Camas Valley Grange in Springdale, where Floyd and Edna were members.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Spokane, 509 E. Main Ave., Chewelah, WA 99109.