Norbert John Doedtman, 84, of rural Effingham (Green Creek), passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church in Sigel with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Green Creek, with military graveside rites. Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham with a 6 p.m. parish rosary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Effingham Veterans Memorial. Online concolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Norbert was born July 7, 1928, the son of Willie and Mary (Hilgefort) Doedtman. He married Doris Jones on Oct. 31, 1953, in Dieterich. Norbert was the father of two sons and six daughters.
Norbert was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Green Creek. He served a total of 38 years in the military. Norbert joined the Illinois National Guard in 1949. In February 1952, he was activated into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in California and Washington. He returned to Illinois in September 1953 and continued to serve in the Illinois National Guard, retiring after 30 years. Norbert was then transferred to the Illinois Ready Reserves, where he retired in 1988.
Norbert was a carpet layer in Effingham and surrounding area for 45 years. He was a member of the Illinois Trappers Association, National Trapping Association and Fur Takers of America, where he was the national champion trap setter for five consecutive years. He was a Nuisance Control Officer in Effingham for several years. Norbert was a member of the American Legion Post 120, where he served as a commander for two terms. He received his 60-year pin in April 2013. Norbert was a member of the 40et8 and a member of the American Legion Color Guard. He worked for several years with the American Legion poppy sales and along with his wife, was the recipient of the first Effingham Helping Hand Award given on Veterans Day. It was an award he was proud to receive.
Norbert enjoyed trapping fur bearing animals, a lifelong love that began when he was 7 years old. He shared his knowledge of trapping with anyone, serving as a trapping instructor for well over 25 years.
Norbert is survived by his wife, Doris of Toledo; sons, William Randy (Tammy) of Effingham and Christopher (Jennifer) of Beecher City; daughters, Dorothy (Kelley) Stewart of Beecher City, Dolores (David) Minardi of Toledo, Vicki (John Michael) Meyerholz of Green Creek, Karen (Ralph) Stewart of Altamont, Carol (Dan) Collins of Toledo and Brenda (Robert) Tucker of Green Creek; brother, Frank of Effingham; 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Norbert was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Amelia and Rose Mary.
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