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Norman A. Hatlestad

Norman A. Hatlestad Norman A. Hatlestad


Norman “Norm” Alfred Hatlestad passed away on Dec. 3, 2019 at Valley Hospital in Harlingen, Texas. Norm was born on Dec. 20, 1941 to Alfred and Alma Hatlestad. He was raised on the family farm in the town of Holway and graduated from Medford High School. On July 1, 1961, he and his high school sweetheart, Nancy Frischman, were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. They had 58 wonderful years of devoted love and marriage together. Norm was a member of the National Guard and served one year of active duty with the 32nd Red Arrows Division during the Berlin Crisis from 1961 to 1962. He and Nancy lived in Tacoma, Wash. at that time. On their return to Medford, Norm worked for his father-in-law, Martin Frischman at Frischman Motors. In 1969 they opened Big A Auto Parts, which became NAPA, and spent approximately 40 years in auto parts. After retiring in 2002, he and Nancy moved to their home on Lake Holcombe, and also wintered in Laguna Vista, Texas for fifteen years.

Norm loved his family very much. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and had many many friends all over the U.S. and in Canada. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Nancy; son, Shane and wife Liza Daleiden of Medford; son, Chad and wife Amie Velasquez of Englewood Colo.; grandsons, Eric and fiancé Jordan Kuglitsch of Denver, Colo. and Max of Madison; brothers, James and wife Dee and David and wife Charlotte; sisters, Barbara Dettmering and husband Roger Kramer, Kathryn and husband James Larsen and Lois and husband Dallas Wuethrich; brother-inlaw, Dr. Ronald Frischman and wife Judy; and many nephews and nieces and great-nephews and nieces.

Norm has now joined his parents Alfred and Alma Hatlestad; father and mother-in-law, Martin and Blanche Frischman; sister-in-law, Barbara Frischman; and other relatives and friends.

Norm was a very successful businessman, owning Big A and Napa Auto Parts, Burger Chef, First Impressions Boutique, and the River House Inn. Some of his community involvement and social activities included former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School Board, Advisory Council for Big A Auto, 30 years as a Mid-Wisconsin Bank board member and vice president of Mid-Wisconsin Financial Services, past president of Medford Curling Club, charter member and past president of Medford JC’s, life member of Stetsonville Legion, life member of NRA, golf member at Black River, Tee Hi, Twin Oaks, Uncle Salty’s and South Padre Island Golf Clubs. He was an avid Wisconsin, Montana, and Canadian hunter and fisherman, and he loved the Packers, Badgers and Brewers.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the family, to be given to the Forest Run Foundation for assistance and research against glioblastoma brain tumors, and the Laguna Vista, Texas EMTs. Our family thanks everyone for your support, love, condolences, flowers, food and expressions of sympathy.

The family invites you to Norm’s celebration of life from 1-4 p.m. on June 20, 2020 at Uncle Salty’s Golf and Camp Pavillion (formerly Twin Oaks Golf), 27356 270th Avenue, Holcombe. Eulogy and memories at 2:30 p.m. The facility has lots of open space for visiting. Due to the unknowns of June’s social distancing requirements, if we postpone, we will notify The Star News and Cornell Courier, and post updates on Facebook.

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