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     Wallace G. Norton, Sr., age 88 of rural Lamar, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Barton County Memorial Hospital.


     Wallace was born October 5, 1922 at Nardin, Oklahoma, one of the seven children of Lloyd and Winona (Mullen) Norton.   In 1931, he moved with his family by train to the Iantha area and graduated from Lamar High School with the class of 1939.  On November 7, 1942, Wallace married Marcella Holt and they made their home and farmed in Barton County.  Always active in his community, Wallace served as a director on the Farmers Home Administration Board, Lamar Township Road Board, and the MFA Farmers Exchange.  He was active in the 4-H Junior Leaders and Lamar United Methodist Church.  His greatest pleasure came from time spent with family and the fellowship of the good friends made through his daily visits to the donut shop.


     Survivors include his wife of  68 years, Marcella,  of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Wally & Judy Norton, Lamar; three grandchildren, Michelle Roehrs, Lamar, Stephanie & husband Ron Roehrs, Liberal, and Lelia "Tumble" Forst, Lamar; four great-grandchildren, Karlee, Kyle, Ronnah, and Haddi Roehrs; a cousin, Ellene Wheatley, Marne, Iowa; and numerous nephews and nieces.  Wallace was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Wayne, Wendell, Worth, Ward, and Wyle; and a sister, Wanda Lawrence.


     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 10th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in Iantha Cemetery.


    Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church or Barton County Memorial Hospital Music Therapy Program or Charity of Donor's Choice in care of the funeral home.

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#13 Midland, TXBarbara Blackford Bevins 2011-09-02 08:57
So sorry to hear about Wally. I just loved what you all did to help me with my 4-H years. I will always treasure the time spent with Wallace and Marcella. My 4-H years were great because of your influence in my life, which I'm sure contributed to my undertakings as an adult. God bless your family.
#12 Mesa, AZRejeana Zinn Barker 2011-08-22 20:08
Wally, Judy, and family,
I just learned of your loss. My sympathies to your family.
#11 LamarBarb Thrasher 2011-08-17 09:33
I had my last conversation with Wallace a month or so ago. He was headed to the Donut Shop and I was getting to work. We crossed Gulf St. together, visiting. I remember the whole delightful conversation but the last thing he said was, "How's your attitude? That's the most important thing." So glad I met up with him that morning. I extend my condolences to the Norton family.
#10 Liberal, MOjim mcclendon 2011-08-11 07:18
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of such a great man. My deepest sympathy to the family.
#9 Lamar, MOJim, Patty and AJ Sorden & Fam 2011-08-10 02:32
We will miss Wallace, his smile and his humor. Almost everday he would tell me how proud and what a good job, Wally and Marcela took with the farm. He also thanked me almost daily, for having the Donut shop to come visit at. He was just a good guy!
#8 Lamar, moAlan Washburn 2011-08-09 20:50
I don't remember when I first met Wallace and Marcella but
I have always remembered and greatly appreciated Wallace and Marcella as my 4-H Junior Leaders.
Both have been real friends and neighbors
We became well acquainted then and in later years that always became part of our conversation.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to family and friends
Alan Washburn & Family
#7 LamarJackie Speights & Janet McArth 2011-08-09 18:36
Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of your familes. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten. We hope you find peace and comfort in knowing that he is in a better place with God. May God bless you and your wonderful familes.
#6 Gene and Becky Backerman 2011-08-09 14:17
We are sorry for your loss, Wallace and Marcella have always been so kind to us and our family. God Bless you all at this time.
#5 Golden CityClaude L. and Joanne Howard 2011-08-09 12:46
So sorry to hear of Wallace's passing. During my 4-H years he was a great leader and mentor for many of us. I wish we had more like him today for others to see and be like. Our prayers are with all of the family.
#4 BUTLER, MOJULIE FOOTE 2011-08-09 11:03

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