Norman “Norm” J. Soyer, 81, of Glidden, Iowa, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020, at Unity Point Hospice in Fort Dodge, Iowa, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.
A private funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden with Father John Gerald officiating. Casket bearers will be Norm’s family members.
A public graveside service will be held at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden at 11:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at the Lincoln Club in Glidden. Those in attendance are asked to abide by COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines.
A recording of Norm’s service will be available on Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home’s YouTube channel following the funeral, and a link will be provided on his tribute page at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send memorials to: The Family of Norman Soyer, P.O. Box 23, Glidden, Iowa 51443.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.
Norm as he was known to most, was born on Dec. 10, 1938, in Carroll, Iowa, and was the oldest of seven children of Joseph and Eleanora (Prebeck) Soyer. He attended SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School until sixth grade when his family moved to a farm south of Glidden. He then attended Glidden Community School graduating with the Class of 1956. During his younger years, he was active in the Richland Hot Shots 4-H Club and the Future Farmers of America.
On Feb. 15, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Jane Slocum, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Carroll with the temperature being 13 degrees below zero. They then drove his prized 1955 Chevy to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico for their honeymoon. They moved into their first Glidden home and eventually bought the house across the street. In 1980, they built a new home. All of their homes were within two blocks of each other.
Norm worked several jobs including the Glidden Co-op Elevator, the Iowa Highway Commission, and he was co-owner of Glidden Bolt Supply with his brother Larry. Later he became a salesman for Garst and Thomas Seed Corn Co., which later became Garst Seed Co. In the 1970s he started farming, which was his passion. Norm loved John Deere equipment and was very meticulous in keeping his machinery in top-notch condition.
Over the years he was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Carroll, Kiwanis Club, RPM Car Club, Merchants Booster Club, and was on the original board of the Iowa Corn Processors. He also served on the Carroll County Magistrate Appointing Committee and was a Glidden City Council member during two separate terms.
Norm was an avid New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers fan. His hobbies included golfing, bowling, participating in car shows, and playing cards. He loved spoiling his children and grandchildren and attending their many activities.
Norm is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane, of Glidden; son Scott Soyer of Spencer, Iowa; daughter Joni DeVries (Bart) of Des Moines; three grandsons: Alex DeVries (Jami) of Des Moines, Nick DeVries (Becca) of Des Moines and Ben DeVires of Des Moines; three great-grandchildren: Norah, Ayrton and Jolene; three sisters, Judy Blessington of Des Moines, Rose Quinlan (Jim Spooner) of Lakeland, Florida, and Lynda Humlicek (Tim) of Ames; two brothers, Larry Soyer (Elaine) of Glidden and Tom Soyer (Shelley) of Glidden; sister-in-law LaVonne Rees of Tacoma, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Eleanora Soyer; parents-in-laws, George and Lois Slocum; brother Lynn Soyer; and nephews Jeff Soyer and Jessie and Joey Soyer.