Norman Lee Smith
1937 - 2020
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NORMAN LEE SMITH "NORM"
December 22, 1937 August 28, 2020
Norman Lee Smith "Norm", 82, died peacefully surrounded by his family at home in Colorado Springs on August 28, 2020. He was a special man who was cherished by all who knew him and will always be remembered for the intense love and pride he held for his family. Norm was born December 22, 1937 in Highland, Indiana to Norman and Lillian (Johnson) Smith.
After graduating High School in Highland, Norm started his military career in the Navy and transferred to the Air Force to continue a 24-year military career. While stationed in Presque Isle, Maine, Norm married the love of his life and held her hand until the moment he took his last breath. Throughout his military career with Strategic Air Command, he was stationed at multiple U.S. locations as well as Labrador and Korea. Upon his military retirement in 1979, Norm earned his bachelor's degree from UNO and began his civilian career with Digital Equipment Corporation, retiring as a District Manager in 1992. After retirement, he enjoyed his Red Cross volunteer service at Evans Army Hospital. Norm was survived by his wife of 59 blessed years, Patricia Ann (Thibodeau). Together they had 4 children, Richard (Lisa), Susan (Edward) Hilligrass, Michael (Joan) and Stacy (Jeffrey) Pettorino. There were also 10 wonderful Grandchildren Jennifer, Jeffrey, Steven, Jaime, Jessica, Aimee, Kristi, Mikayla, Kelly, and Erin as well as 11 Great Grandchildren whom all hold special memories of their "Papa" in their hearts. He is also survived by his sister Joanne (Joe) Maglish as well as many nieces and nephews.
Norm had a great life and enjoyed golfing, traveling, and spending time with family. He was full of life and will be deeply missed by all the lives he touched. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother William.
Military honors service and interment will be held September 11, 2020 9: 00 a.m. at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80925.
The Family would like to sincerely thank everyone for the heartfelt thoughts and prayers that have surrounded us during this difficult time.




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Published in The Gazette on Sep. 6, 2020.
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September 9, 2020
I don't know what to say about my Father. He was a great man, a loving father, and a devoted husband. He was an example for all who knew him. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. Goodbye Dad, I love you.
Michael Smith
Son
September 8, 2020
Norm was truly a true humble leader, with a warm and compassion zest for embracing all those around him, he always lead by example at work and in his life. He and his wife, Pat who I worked with, were the most devoted and caring couple not only to each other but their incredible family and their friends! I also worked with their daughter Sue. His smile and clever words of encouragement will forever be etched in my heart! My love and hugs to Pat, Sue and the entire family during this challenging time. In peace, Dawn Rinde Benson
Dawn (Rinde) Benson
Coworker
September 7, 2020
What wonderful guy. Always a lot of fun... a great smile and was a great leader. My sincere sympathy to the family. RIP my friend.
Bob Ross
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September 7, 2020
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September 7, 2020
Good man, beautiful human being....Norm will be missed greatly.
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September 6, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
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