Norman Keith Mentzer

Born: Wed., Dec. 18, 1935
Died: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Dec. 08, 2018
Location: Life Church

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Norman Keith Mentzer, 82, passed away at Saint Anthony Hospital on Sunday, December 2, 2018. He was the husband of Shirley Arlene McKinnon Ward. They shared 20+ years together happily married.

Norm was born in Pilot Rock, OR on December 18, 1935, son of Floyd Freeland Mentzer and Hazel Augusta Warner. He grew up on a small ranch, 11 miles south of Pilot Rock, farming, ranching, hunting and enjoying the outdoors. He attended school in Pilot Rock and received his diploma. During school, he played football and other sports, and proudly played in the Oregon East-West Shriners Football Game. He enlisted in the Army based out of California where along with his regular duties, he created a woodworking shop program. He spent time at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico and Fort Bliss, Texas working in the missile program, including the famous Minute Man. He worked logging for many years, falling and driving truck. Falling trees was his passion, and he could identify any of his stumps and tell a story related to it. He even spent a year in Alaska as a mechanic. Later, he changed careers and became a correctional officer at EOCI. He was respected by both his fellow officers and inmates who remembered his calming influence and incredible memory for the inmate identification numbers.

When younger, Norm spent a lot of time fishing, hunting, huckleberry picking, mushrooming, camping, snowmobiling, boating and water skiing. He shared this love with his family. When working as a logger, he camped out with his family as long as possible each year, especially at the North Fork John Day River. Even as he got older, he still enjoyed taking drives in the mountains. Just being outside made him happy, and he could be found mowing his 1+ acre lawn any day of the week, even in the fall to mulch leaves. His all-time favorite place on earth was the family ranch which abounded with life long memories.

Norm is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and sister. His children are Lani Mentzer Bass (Gary), Tommy Mentzer, Andrew Mentzer (Lexie), Curtis Ward and Cathy Ward-Stelk. His grandchildren are Tanner Bass, Katelyn Bass, Stephanie LeClair, Remington LeClair, Thomas Mentzer, Brody Mentzer, Wyatt Mentzer, Charlise Mentzer, Sorrel Beers (JT), Cheyenne Ward, Tyrel Ward, Andy Stelk (Jessica) and Eric Stelk (Mackayla). His sister is Doris Richards. Preceding him in death were his parents, his brothers Lloyd and Leonard Mentzer, wife Linda Earwood and granddaughter Elizabeth Mentzer. Also, during his lifetime, he was married to Sonja Lawhead.

The funeral will be at the Life Church 222 SW 3rd St. Pilot Rock, OR on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 2 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Pilot Rock Education Foundation by contacting the Pilot Rock School District, 541-443-8291

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Kathleen A Wilson
   Posted Wed December 05, 2018
God Bless to all the family members of Norman Mentzer.
I was a neighbor and friend of Norman, who lived up the hill from Shirley and Norman.
I enjoyed visiting with Norman and Shirley.
I called Norman the "Snake Hunter". He saved me from a giant snake that was in my yard. Thank God he was around to get it out of my yard; as I was freaking out.
Noman and I had many chats, about gardening and Pilot Rock Sports Games.
I'm so sadden to hear of his passing. He was such a good man.
Sincerely, Kathy Wilson

Lea Baxter
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
We met Mr. Mentzer when we moved to Pilot Rock in 2002--he introduced himself to us at a basketball game but to me he was always "Tommy's Dad". For us, he was one of those people who put a smile on your face when you run into them. Both of us are glad we got the chance to know him, and our thoughts are with his family right now.
Lea and Doug Baxter

Kelly Brady
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
To the family of Norman Mentzer;
My sincere sympathies to all of you.
Kelly Brady

The Bradley family
   Posted Sat December 08, 2018
Our deepest Sympothy’s.
The Beadley Family

The Bradley family
   Posted Sat December 08, 2018
Our deepest Sympothies.
The Bradley Family

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