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Michael Wayne Norrick

January 24, 1947 ~ September 21, 2018 (age 71)

Michael Wayne Norrick, a prolific story teller, 50 year survivor of marriage, fathering four fantastic kids, and 35 years as a coal miner, died on September 21 after a well lived and fulfilled life.

Born on January 14th 1947 to parents Charles and Virginia Norrick in Winslow, Indiana. Mike was the oldest of five children Steven (deceased), Sharon (Ronnie), Mark (Olivia), Karen (Robert) and spent his youth pushing the limits of rules and finding unique ways of getting in and out of trouble. 

It was in school where he met the best thing to happen to him, his wife, Brenda Sue Bolin. After finding a way to graduate with his classmates in 1965, and proudly serving his country in the United States Army, Mike married Brenda Sue on September 28th, 1968 and built a home in the area he and Sue grew up.

Mike began his career at Old Ben Coal in 1968, worked with many great people and proudly retired in 2004.  He never missed a chance to tell anyone he met, that retiring at the age of 55 was one of his best life decisions.  Work hard, save everything you can and retire when you can so you can enjoy life, your children and grandkids.

Mike and Sue raised four awesome children, Holly Shoultz (Clint), Doug (Karen) Norrick, Heath (Alyson) Norrick and Jeremy Norrick. Life does not always go as planned and the family lost Jeremy in 1994.  In death, Mike is now reunited with his youngest son and is holding a spot for the rest of us.

Mike and Sue enjoyed the fruits of life’s success by spending his retirement traveling around the country, spending every minute they could with the nine grandchildren Eli, Carter, Caroline, Reese, Wyatt, Elena, Charlotte Norrick and Xavier and Ian Shoultz, which Mike spoiled in every way, hunting and fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

Mike’s final wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes spread on the family hunting property.  A celebration of life will be planned in the next few weeks and will be shared when available.  In remembrance of Mike, he wishes that you would remember your favorite story he told and share it with others.  In lieu of flowers, enjoy a sunrise, sunset, walk in woods a good hunt and fantastic day fishing.

Arrangements are being handled by Boone Funeral Home East Chapel – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.

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