Norman Clair “Norm” Appleton, son of Richard Robert “Bob” and Dorothy Adeline (Davis) Appleton, was born October 19, 1941 on a farm near Sanborn, Iowa. He spent his youth in the Sanborn area, helping his father with the agriculture operation, and attending school at Archer, Iowa, graduating with the class of 1960.
Following graduation, Norm worked at various jobs around Sanborn, and eventually relocated to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He always held a special fondness for the western United States as the climate was generally more agreeable.
In 1973, Norm married Doreen Christensen at Coeur d’Alene. The couple made their home there while Norm was employed as a driver for Central Premix Cement Company. In 1974, they moved back to Iowa where Norm continued to work in the transportation industry as a dispatcher for the Dan Dugan Petroleum/Chemical Company out of Sanborn. After four years of Iowa winters, and missing the warmer, dryer temperatures, Norm found himself once again in Coeur d’Alene. He was able to resume his cement work, and fortunate enough to be part of the crew that poured the “cast-in-place” Bennett Bay Suspension Bridge east of Coeur d’Alene; completed in 1989.
After Norm retired, he lived in several states, but the warmth of the west always pulled him back. He enjoyed visiting with people and making new friends, and he never knew a stranger. Eventually, he settled in Belle Fourche, South Dakota where he passed from this life on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the age of 76.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Bob and Dorothy Appleton; and his step-mother, Marvel Appleton.
Survivors include his children: Mindy Quezada of Peekskill, New York, and Bill Appleton of Post Falls, Idaho; four grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Marcia Quezada, and Alexis and Will Appleton; two great-grandchildren: Brentlee and Zoey; one brother, Lowell and his wife, Karen Appleton of Sanborn, Iowa; other relatives and friends.