Obituary for Ranger Dave Norris

David Norris, 60, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 9, 2011. He served as Public Health Planning Coordinator for Elkhart County. Dave graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education with concentrations in American History, Sociology and Political Science, and the University of Notre Dame with a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on Urban and Regional Planning. David was born on February 26, 1951, in Rochester, IN, to the late Laurence H. and Marguerite (Slonaker) Norris. He is survived by his wife, Janet; son, Darrell Davis of Indianapolis; granddaughter, Brielle Davis; daughter, Antoinette Franklin of Mishawaka; sisters, Doris (Timothy) Goode of Rochester and Doreen (Steven) Ehresman of Lafayette; and a host of family and friends who loved him. Services will be 12 noon Saturday at Voice Ministries Church, 1610 S. Nappanee St., Elkhart. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Friday in Palmer Funeral Home-River Park, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, and in the church Saturday one hour prior to services. Dave loved “Keeping It Simple.” He was a humble man, filled with passion for God, his family, friends and nature. He was a giving, loving and caring husband and father. Dave was encouraging and supportive, always urging them to follow their dreams. He always put his family first, doing whatever it took to provide for them. Dave had a servant’s heart, and loved helping others in any way he could. Dave was passionate about nature and had a spiritual reverence for creation — to be surrounded by nature was to be surrounded by God. He loved sharing his passion, and took many trips to East Glacier, Montana, with family and friends. Dave was a Ranger at the Mishawaka Res, a non-profit youth camping facility and Nature Preserve. He was zealous in his desire to improve and preserve the natural beauty of the Res. Dave’s interests included: Nature, Photography, Hiking, Backpacking, The Mishawaka Res, Glacier National Park, and being with his best friend, his wife, Janet. Dave was awarded the Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County and Outstanding Committee Service Award from the National Association of Neighborhoods Dave was a member of “Voice Ministries” of Elkhart. Memorial contributions may be made to “The Mishawaka Res,” 13950 Scout Lane, Mishawaka, IN 46544. Online condolences may be sent to the Norris family at

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