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February 8, 1933 - August 10, 2013
Norman J. Herndon, Kearney, MO, died August 10, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Louise (England) Herndon of the home, children Linda Herndon, OSB, Atchison, KS, Richard J. Herndon (Cheryl), Katharine J. Ferrell (Daniel) and N. Jeffrey Herndon, all of Kearney; grandchildren (Juliana Mabrey, Topher Herndon, Katie Murphy, Ryan Ferrell, Jennie McNellis, Douglas Ferrell, Heather Morris); and great-grandchildren (Trig, Gwendolyn, Charlotte, Finn Mabrey; Mackenzie, Ella, Norman Herndon; Dan, Andrew, Kate Murphy; Patrick, Liam McNellis; Emerson, Harvey Ferrell; Nina Morris); sisters Wilma Erbes and Sandra Light, St. Clair; sisters-in-law Lorraine Herndon and Helen Merrick; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. His parents, brother Archie Herndon, and sisters Retta Joan Herndon and Betty (Pat) Robinson predeceased him.
Visitation will be held at the Church of the Annunciation in Kearney from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m., with rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated there August 14, 10 a.m., with burial to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.
Norman was born February 8, 1933, to Ivan Zeldon and Frances Elizabeth (Hobelmann) Herndon near Union, MO. He graduated from St. Clair High School in 1950. After attending Northeast State Teacher’s College (now Truman State University), he taught two years seventh grade in St. Clair. He married Mary Louise England in 1953 before being inducted into the Army. Upon returning to civilian life, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, both from Truman. He served as superintendent of schools in Livonia, Mt. Moriah, Jamesport, Fairfax, and for his last 17 years in Kearney, all in Missouri.
Upon retirement they moved to Warsaw, MO. During their 21 years there, Norman served as Executive Secretary for the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and as creel clerk on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Norman was a member of the Missouri School Administrators, Retired Teachers Association, Lions Club, and American Legion. He was a fourth degree member, past Grand Knight and District Deputy in the Knights of Columbus, and a past member of the St. Ann’s Parish Council (Warsaw).
The family requests memorials to a scholarship to be established in Norman’s name in lieu of flowers. Memorials may be sent to Norman Herndon Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 617, Kearney, MO, 64060.