Michael Van Norman


A Memorial Visitation for Mr. Michael Van Norman, 52, of Liberty City will be held from 6-7:30 in the evening on Thursday, April 12, at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mr. Van Norman completed his earthly journey on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Longview.

Michael was born on March 30, 1966, in Key West, Fla. He graduated from Marathon High School in Marathon, Fla. He faithfully served his country for eight years in the U.S. Army spending time in Germany. Michael worked for 15 years as a meat cutter with Brookshire’s.

He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan, enjoyed playing video games, chess, sailing and fishing in his younger years, classic rock and ‘80s heavy metal music. His family and friends were the source of his strength and spending time with them, especially “porch sitting” was when he was happiest. His son was the delight of his life and he was the greatest father and husband. His departure from life has left a great void in all of those whose lives he has touched.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 15 years, Lori Van Norman of Liberty City; son, Shawn Van Norman of Liberty City; sister, Debbie Fisher and her husband Terry of Marathon, Fla.; niece, Carli Cronin of Ocala, Fla.; his Texas family by marriage, mother Debrah Van Meter; brother, John D. Van Meter; nephew, John Mason Van Meter; grandfather, Frank Heldenbrand; grandparents, Roma and Lee Hughes; aunts, Kathy Vernon, Charlotte Heldenbrand, Jayce Pace, Susie Heldenbrand; uncles, Doug Heldenbrand, Erik Hughes; close cousins, Chance Watson and his wife Rachel, Frank Conrad and his wife Erin. Also, left to carry on his legacy are multiple friends, who are considered to be family and other loving family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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