Norman E. Mattke, 78, of Waverly, Iowa, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, from cancer.
He was born on October 9, 1924, the son of Erwalt H. (Pete) and Goldie (Terry) Mattke, near Clarksville, Iowa. His mother died the day after he was born and Erwalt later married Theresa Mulder. Norm was raised by his uncle and grandmother, Harry Mattke and Emma Mattke. Norm graduated from the Waverly High School in 1943 and shortly after he entered the US Navy during WWII. Following his discharge, Norm returned to Waverly and began working. On February 18, 1946, he was united in marriage to Irma Brase at Albert Lea, Minnesota. The couple made their home in Waverly and Norm worked for John Deere & Company in Waterloo for a time. He then began his career at the Shield Bantam Company (now known as Terex) in Waverly. During this time, he and Irma also owned and operated Norm's Studio out of their home, and over the years they took the pictures for over 365 weddings. Norm retired in 1987 but continued to assist Irma with her Electrolux Vacuum business.
He was a very patriotic man who loved his God and Country and served both with a passion. Norm had a tremendous sense of humor and loved to make people of all ages smile. He enjoyed fishing, camping and the out-of-doors. He was an old fashioned family man who loved to spend time with his family, attending the events of not only his children, but grand and great grand-children. The original Dennis Mattke groupies, Norm and Irma attended every dance they could when Dennis was playing.
He is survived by his wife, Irma, of Waverly; his four children, Judy & Roger Buss Of Waverly, Michael & Jane Mattke of Glenpool, OK, Mary Myers and her fiancé, Jim Sevey of Janesville; Dennis & Beth Mattke of Waverly; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Mary Lou Mattke of Nevada, Iowa; and his special friend, Goldie, the golden retriever. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother; and one son in infancy, Ronald Eugene Mattke.
Celebration of Life Services will be 11:00 am on Friday, September 26, 2003, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly, with Rev. Kristian Kincaid officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Harlington Cemetery, Waverly. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday , and from 9:00 am until services on Friday at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly. Memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation.
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