Arvel Norton

Arvel Bartley Norton, 92, of Roachdale, IN passed away at Putnam County Hospital, Greencastle, IN on Sunday, March 31, 2019.  He was born on March 23, 1927 in Mt. Vernon, KY to Mitchell and Clearcey (Sowder) Norton. He married Florence (Surber) Norton on December 31, 1955. She passed away November 29, 1996.

Arvel was a farmer most of his life. He was a member of Roachdale Baptist Church and the Roachdale Masonic Lodge. He proudly served in the United States Army during WWII.

He enjoyed sports of all kinds, football and basketball were among his favorite. He was an avid IU fan.

He is survived by two children, Steve Norton of Roachdale, IN and Kathleen (David) Pickel of Whitestown, IN; nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; sister, Winnie Bullock of Mt.Vernon, KY and several nieces and nephews.

Arvel is preceded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers, William Robert Norton, Shelby Franklin Norton, three sisters Mary Agnes Bullock, Lois Jane Witt, and Susie Blanton

Services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Servies and Morgan Roachdale, 102 East Washington Street, Roachdale, IN  46172. Pastor Shannon Ivers will be officiating the service. Burial will follow the service at Brick Chapel Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. A masonic service will be held at 7:45 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.


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12 thoughts on “Arvel Norton

  • Brenda ASAHINA

    I am so so sorry to hear of Avel’s passing!
    My brothers and I really really liked Arbil!
    He came into our lives when he started dating our mother, Alberta Johnson, wish that had continued. I didn’t get to see him as much since I live in Hawaii, but, I truly cared for Arvel. We are all very sorry for your families loss.

  • DeAnna & Alberta

    Prayers with the family. I knew Arvel when he dated my Aunt Alberta. She called me today when she heard the news. She is sorry for ur loss and he will be sadly missed.

  • Julie (Surber) Dickman

    Steve and Kathy, I am so sorry that your father has passed away. Your family was part of my childhood memories. While I didn’t know your dad very much, I do remember him as a hard-working man, and that he cared about his wife and children. May I offer my condolences, from my siblings, also, to the both of you and to your families. With deepest sympathies, Julie (Surber) Dickman

  • Velma Sowder Peterson

    So sorry for your loss. It was nice to see his beautiful family. I am sure he will be greatly missed. When
    someone passes who has lived 92 years, it takes some time to grieve the loss. Be gentle with yourselves
    and know time will soften the grief. Love to all .

  • Cindy Cary

    He was a good man and will be missed by many.
    Sorry for your loss.
    From Cindy Cary/melton
    And Joseph Melton Sr
    Rebecca Melton
    Joseph Melton Jr

  • Twyla Rader

    Arvel was a very kind and special man and will always remember our conversations over the years. They varied from the weather, crops, cows and horses, grandkids and most of all IU!! When I knew that I would be seeing Arvel, always made sure I brushed up on IU scores!
    Life well lived!

  • Chuck Anderson

    So sorry to learn this morning from Herschel about Arvel’s passing. I always admired your Dad. Had some good laughs and memorable visits. We will all miss him! Thanks for the memories!

  • Jerett Query

    I will sure miss Arvel. He was one of a kind. I have so many good memories of our conversations about News, Weather, and, especially, Sports. He wouldn’t ever let me arrive without being the proper host. “Are ya’ thirsty? There’s some tea in there,” as he pointed to the kitchen. He was sure to ask about my entire family, covering all the basis as to who was related to who. He loved company and enjoyed each one of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a prime example of kind and humble. I’ll never forget when I was in my teens and bailed hay for/with the Nortons. At the end of the day I couldn’t wait to get that feel of cash in my hand at .10C/bail. So, Arvel went in the house came back out, sat on the swing, wrote a check and asked if it was okay that he paid me the rest in change. We never had a dull moment. Fly High Arvel and enjoy yourself with Florence.

  • Rhonda Herrick

    Will always cherish the memories we had of him at our horse shows! Hope he`s in Heaven riding across the sky on his dream horse!!

  • Mike Kent

    Good Man. Never forget when he told me to take a wet leaf and place in on his electric fence and watch it turn blue. Needless to say it shock the fire out of me. Did he ever laugh. Him and my Dad, Ray Kent. Great memories