Norman Eugene Beals, age 83 of Colfax, passed on December 20, 2020. Norman was born in Ira, Iowa on November 5, 1937 to the parents of Donald and Ella Beals. As a small child, his family moved to Colfax living across the street from his grandparents "The Wards." He attended kindergarten through 12 grades at the Colfax School, graduating in 1957. He loved to play sports. He was involved in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He also had the lead role in his Junior class play, and sang in the school chorus. Norman worked from the age of 14, down at Weirick's Drug Store
He married Lynda Iske on November 28, 1958 at the Methodist Church in Newton, Iowa. Norman, at that time, was working for Hartgrove's Construction Co., with his father, where both were instrumental in building Interstate 80 on the sections across Jasper and Polk Counties.
Norman and Lynda lived in Colfax, where their children were born. They moved to Colorado for 1.5 years, returning back to Colfax where they lived on the family farm where Lynda was raised.
Upon returning back from Colorado, Norman purchased the old Skelly station on the corner of Hwy 6/117, and later also purchased Economy Oil, working both of them for over 20 years. He then worked for Van Dusselldorp Sand & Gravel Co, Firestone, and A-1 Seeding.
At 65, Norman retired to fulfill his dream of opening his own ice cream store. And in April of 2002, Grump's Corner was opened. He was happy he could now have ice cream any time! Norm and Lynda always had the joke between them that "Norm knew where every ice cream store was in Des Moines and Lynda knew where every Mexican restaurant was located!"
In 2003, Norman and Lynda bought 6 acres in Colfax where they put in a pond and built their new home.
Norman and Lynda loved going dancing on Saturday nights in the cold months and boating in the warmer months at Rathbun Lake. In later years, they purchased a motorhome and felt blessed they were able to see much of the United States. Every year he looked forward to planning another winter trip.
Norman is survived by his wife Lynda of 62 years, daughter Justi (John) Steenhoek of Prairie City, Son Monty (Vana) Beals of Colfax, 5 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
Proceeding him in death are his parents Donald and Ella Beals, his Grandparents and a sister Kathryn (Beals) Gullion. Private burial will be held at McKeever Cemetery at a later date. Memorials and cards may be sent to Coburn Funeral Homes, Colfax, Iowa. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
I remember working for Norm at the Skelly station when I was a teen. He was one of a kind with a great sense of humor. My condolences on learning of his passing. Dave Wolf
Monty & family, so sorry for your loss!
Le Ann (Appleby) McFarland
Linda so sorry to hear of Norm's passing. I had so much respect for him and it was a pleasure and privilege to have known him. May God bless and comfort you during this time.
Lynda and family. I've thought of you many times in the 50 years. I'm glad you were able to travel with Norm. You'll have lots of wonderful memories. With memories in your heart... Norm will always be with you.
Lynda, I have so many fun memories with you and Norm. Too many to list. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Cherish your memories.
Our prayers and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Norman Beals.
I am so very sorry for your loss. Norm was a super nice guy. -Cindy Smith
Linda, I am heartbroken. Hugs and strength.
So sorry to hear of Norm's passing. He was a great guy. He and Lynda always loved to dance to the band I was in. He will be missed by many. Hugs and prayers sent to Lynda and family.
Norm was such a friendly and kind man who contributed so much to the Colfax citizens. Our sympathies are extend Norm's families. Todd and Karla Jones
My deepest condolences to the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Grumpy was such a kind hearted guy. 🙏🙏
Lynda and family,My deepest sympathies and prayers for all of you. What a blessing that he was able to be home, enjoy the lake and wildlife and pass peacefully. We’ll all miss his smiling face during painting class. Robin
So sorry to hear of Norm's passing. He was such a sweet guy. Love to Linda and family💜🙏
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