Norman was born to Alberta (Smith) and Ross Meeker in Davenport, Iowa, on December 28, 1928. He grew up in Indiana and graduated as Salutatorian of Veedersburg High School. Upon graduation, he joined the Army in 1948 and served in the recon platoon of the 89th Medium Tank Battalion during the Korean War. He earned a Bronze Star with a V and a Purple Heart during his service. While he was stationed at Eta Jima, Japan, he met his future wife, Misako Yokoyama (Violet to family and friends). He returned to the States with his bride in 1951.
After completing a proofreader’s apprenticeship at RR Donnelley in Crawfordsville, Indiana, he became an undergraduate at Wabash College. Upon graduation from Wabash, he went on to earn a Masters Degree at Purdue University. He served many years as an administrator at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Upon his retirement from the university, he and Misako moved to Gulf Breeze, Florida.
They both enjoyed the Gulf Breeze community, participated in many tennis program, learned ballroom dancing, attended opera activities and regularly competed in the Florida Senior Games. He won innumerable gold medals for his competition in the 100m, 400m , 800m individual and relay track races. When he was 80, Norman had the second fastest recorded time in the world in the 400 meter individual event.
Norman also wrote a book about his Korean War experiences, “Shouting On the Way.”
Norman is survived by his beloved wife of over 67 years, daughter; Lorelei Meeker (Geoffrey Grodner); grandson, Andrew Meeker Grodner (Cara Caddo); sister, Nola Trinkle; cousin, Dick Meeker (De’) and his family; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A time of visitation with the family will be held from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Friday, November 9, 2018 at Rose Lawn Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Thinking of you, Violet, and your family . Norman was an amazing man. I’m so glad I was able to know him. You two made some beautiful memories that I know you will treasure.
Andrea HittGulf Breeze, FL
What a character, making fun of life., Athlete, Soldier, Family man and child of God. We will miss you.
Bruce and Janna DeMottsGulf Breeze, FL
Our sincere condolences to the family. I will miss seeing Norm jogging by the house. I always enjoyed our chats about his running in the Senior Games. A good man.
John and Anne DrohanGulf Breeze, FL
There's a void on our street and in our hearts. I admire all of the activities in which Vi and Norm participated, i.e., tennis, dancing, senior games, etc. Y'all set such a beautiful example of togetherness and well-being. Vi, I'm so sorry for Norm's absence from you in this life. He's in good company where he is. I'm betting he already has a good joke or tale of experience that he has shared with David among others. That gives me peace. I hope it helps you and family. Love E and A
Earl and AveretteGulf Breeze, FL
Really sorry about Norm, je was a really good man and a good friend to us all. Prayers coming.
Michael Joseph KemererNavarre, FL
Our deepest sympathies Violet and family. We will miss Norm terribly on the Over 50 ballroom club dance floor.
Alan and Lauren RobinsonPensacola, FL
It has been such a pleasure to know your both and be your neighbor. Norm was so interesting to talk. I can see him and Greg standing out side chatting away. Life is not always how we want it and my heart aches for you Vi and your family. It's hard to heal a broken heart, but know that you will always be in my thoughts. Love to you always.
Darlene K. SmithGulf Breeze, FL
My deepest condolences to the Meeker Family on the lost of your dear loved one may you find comfort in knowing that God is close to the broken hearted, he saves those who are crushed in spirit and he comforts those in times of sorrow (Psalm 34:18)