|Mendley Norby, 79|
|Written by TRF Times|
Palo - Mendley Orville Norby, 79, of Palo died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 at his home.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora, with Chaplain Bonnie Schandorf officiating. Interment was held at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Aurora.
Mendley was born on June 7, 1932 to Herman and Sophie (Malvik) Norby in Gary.
Mendley was a talented musician. He was a self taught guitarist who would play anywhere he had the opportunity. His shining moment was the time he had chance to play onstage with Merle Haggard. While working at Gopher Motors in Minneapolis, he caught the rare chance to meet the legendary Tex Ritter. Besides music, Mendley loved rebuilding old cars, tractors, and motorbikes. He enjoyed sharing his interests with his only son, Mark. Mendley was employed by Pilgrims Laundry as a truck driver for many years. Mendley is remembered as a kind and gentle soul.
One son: Mark (Hilary) Norby of Cologne; daughter: Angelia Wright of Arizona; grandchildren: Lisa Wright of Plymouth, Beverly Ann Norby of Suwanee, Ga., Katie Brown of Chaska, Maureen Alvino of Minneapolis; two great-grandchildren: Katie and Victor; one sister: Dorothy Haugen of Mt. Iron; lifelong companion of 35 years: Lucy Torgerson of Palo; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Gladys, Ed, Herman, Clarence, Gerald and Sally.