Norman (Norm) Frank Eppenbach was born on February 10,1939 in Warroad, Minnesota to Elbert and Rachel (Faye) Eppenbach. On October 31, 2021, surrounded by his children at his home, he went home to be with his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 82 years.
Norm was the second oldest child out of 8 siblings, 4 boys and 4 girls. They lived on a farm in Minnesota and from a young age he worked hard helping with daily chores that consisted of taking care of animals and younger siblings. When he was 12 years old he moved with his family to Oregon in hopes of his dad finding better employment opportunities. They eventually settled in Irrigon where Norm and his brothers helped their father build the family’s home.
Norm was drafted into the army in 1962 and became a medic. He went through training in Texas but was never deployed overseas. After his time in the military, Norm went home to Irrigon, Oregon and worked as an equipment operator and truck driver. During his free time Norm enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling and singing gospel music with the family group, The Good News Singers, working on cars, and eating carrot cake.
Norm met the love of his life, Janice Marlow, when he was a young boy. Both Norm and Jan’s families attended the Irrigon Baptist Church. The families shared close friendships and from there , Norm and Jan grew a bond that would later develop into an everlasting love. They were married in February of 1965. They had 3 children, Mark, Lisa and Melissa, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. They were married for 55 years before Jan went home to be with Jesus in April of 2020.
While Norm and Jan were both known for their hard work as employees, willingness to help and serve in the local church and kindness to others, those who knew them best, knew them for their love of Christ and their love for each other.
A family graveside service will be held at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Irrigon, Oregon.
A celebration of life potluck gathering for both Norman and Janice will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 5:00 P.M.. at Hew Hope Community Church, 1350 S Hwy 395, Hermiston, OR 97838.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.