Norman Hinrichs, 90, died Thursday, June 21, 2018, peacefully at his home following a sudden illness.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2018, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Monticello, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by the United States Army. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; four children, Julie (Alan) Mostert, Clearwater, Fla., Jerry (Marla) Hinrichs, Monticello, Janelle Pfiffner, San Clemente, Calif., and Jeff (Sandy) Hinrichs, Monticello; 19 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Jerry) Andresen, Wyoming; and in-laws, Mildred Hinrichs, Ray (Lorna) Rieniets and Jan Hinrichs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeRoy and Harvey; and in-laws, Leona Bender and Paul Rieniets.
Norman Tobias Hinrichs was born Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1927, on the family farm in Wayne Township, Jones County, Iowa. He was the son of Tobias and Elise Doden Hinrichs. Norman farmed with his parents until he went to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War. Norman married Betty Rieniets on Sept. 6, 1953, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. The couple farmed until 1959. Norman then went to work as a carpenter for Paul Arduser. In 1962, he became a custodian at the Monticello Community Schools. By 1971, he was the head custodian and took over the operation of the buses. He retired as the director of auxiliary services for the Monticello Community Schools in 1990. Norm then went to work for his sons as a carpenter and "go-fer."
Norm was married to Betty for 64 years, which they were blessed to be there for one another.
Norm was a longtime member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where he served as a deacon and many other offices. He was a member of the Monticello Lions Club since 1971, serving in all of the offices. He was given the Warren Colman Award as the outstanding Lion in Iowa in 1977.
Norm spent his retirement years with projects around his home, helping with his children's projects at their homes and kept tabs on all his grandchildren. He always found a place where he was needed. In 1998, he wrote an autobiography ending with this paragraph: "God has given me a good life, so many things to be thankful for; I am ready for the time when the Lord is ready to take me to his Heavenly home."