Chuck Norris 1945-2019
Chuck Norris, 74, Mayetta, died November 25, 2019.
Chuck Norris was born after an urgent bumpy ride from Ozawkie to St. Francis Hospital on March 1, 1945, to Mildred and Charles Norris.
He grew up in the Sunflower Ammunition community (Eudora), where he was able to fish and hunt. He was a mail carrier right out of high school, until he joined the United States Army. As a graduate of Colombia College, he was able to become a career military officer for the Army National Guard. He retired from the Army in 1998 to really begin living.
He traveled with his wife and best friend Kathy Norris. They were married on Jan. 2, 1987. He was an avid collector, a member of the Mayetta Masonic Lodge, Mayetta Methodist Church and a frequent client of the Prairie Band Casino.
Chuck was a good friend; he touched many lives and told many stories. Of all the things he did in this world, being a dad was his greatest joy. He leaves six adult children that are wiser from his wisdom, stronger because of his love of them and their families: Tina (Ron) Martin of Topeka, Syd Ruiz of Manhattan, Heather Norris of Topeka, Brian (Mary) Ruiz of Topeka, Carrie Norris of Indianapolis, Ind., and Chazz (Angela) Norris of DeForest, Wisc.; nine grandchildren, Catie, Brittany, Ashley, Jessica, Monte Scott, Drew, Jerod, Haydn and Charlotte; and two great-grandchildren, Vivienne and Riley.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.
A come-and-go Irish wake will be held at the Martin home beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Funeral services with Masonic honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Mayetta Methodist Church in Mayetta. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ozawkie Cemetery with military honors provided.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Mayetta Methodist Church and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 S.W. Sixth Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.
Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com