Lawrence Norton, 87

Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Norton, age 87 of Springfield died peacefully on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at the Valley View Manor in Lamberton.

Funeral service will be 12 pm on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-South Chapel in New Ulm.  Pastor Brad Kuebler will officiate, and burial will take place at a later date. The New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will provide full military honors at the funeral home at the conclusion of the service.

Visitation will be from 10 am-12 pm on Saturday at the funeral home in New Ulm. The Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes of New Ulm are assisting family with arrangements at this time. To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Lawrence is survived by his wife, JoAnn Norton of Springfield; his daughter, Katheryn Stopski of Owatonna; his son, Russell Norton of Springfield; his grandchildren, Kristin (Blair) Strand of Waseca, Jennifer (Gene) Litzler of White Bear Lake, Jennifer “B.J.” (Brad) Flicek of Lonsdale, Michael (Jessica) Stopski Jr. of Northfield, Kelly Stopski of Two Harbors; and 11 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Marilyn Wetteroff; and his brother, George Norton Jr. 

Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Norton was born December 8, 1933, in Faribault to George and Antionette (Holloway) Norton.  His family moved to Missouri early in his life where he attended high school in St. Charles.  At age 18, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he proudly served his country until being medically discharged. Early in his working career, Larry worked as a brick and block layer before putting himself through sales training where he began his life in sales.  He worked as a heavy equipment salesman for many years before working with family at the Lawrence Sign Company in St. Paul.  There wasn’t a lot in life that Larry couldn’t do.  As a true jack of all trades, Larry was able to build all of the homes he lived in from Stillwater to New Prague to most recently in Springfield. Besides all of his work, there were a variety of hobbies he enjoyed in life.  He was a skilled leather worker and hosted saddle fitting clinics in the Morton area as well as worked from his home repairing leather goods and saddles for people from all across the area. 

Larry loved all animals, but especially loved working with horses.  He was member of the Sand Creek Saddle Club in New Prague.  

Larry was also a man of faith, and enjoyed his time with the Fish Lake Church in Prior Lake where he served as a Sunday school teacher as well as a church elder.  He was most recently a member of the River Valley Lutheran Church in New Ulm. These memories, and countless others will forever stay in the hearts of all who had the honor of knowing him.  Blessed be his memory.

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