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Magnus R. Norby

January 24, 1928 ~ October 18, 2018 (age 90)

Magnus Norby, age 90 of Glenwood, died Thursday, October 18, 2018 at the Glenwood Retirement Village. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 24th at Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church in Terrace with Pastor Bonnie Lomen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. 

Magnus Rangvold Norby, the son of Gilbert and Geneva (Gulbranson) Norby was born January 24, 1928 in Langhei Township, Pope County, Minnesota. He attended country school by East Zion Lutheran Church where he was baptized. When he was about 10 his family moved and, he attended country school close to Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church where he was confirmed, married and continued to be an active member.

On February 14, 1953, Magnus was united in marriage to Audrey Rasmusson, of Sunburg, at the Chippewa Falls Lutheran church. They made their home on a farm in Barsness Township near Terrace and were blessed with four children. Magnus and Audrey farmed and worked in town.  Magnus, in addition to farming his whole life, worked at the refrigerator plant in St. Cloud, for Lester Ogdahl in construction, became a butcher for the Glenwood meat locker and later worked as a butcher for Jack and Jill, the grocery store in Glenwood. He also worked for Cenex in Starbuck and Palmer Bus Service before his last job was working with Gleoge’s Chevrolet doing a little bit of everything. In 2002, he retired from farming and in 2005 he and Audrey moved into Glenwood. Along with being an active member at Chippewa Falls Lutheran he also volunteered around the community. He enjoyed farming, spending time with his family and friends, music, hunting and fishing, visiting, telling stories, and just being around people.

Magnus is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audrey; children: Marsha (Peter) Danielson of Rosemount, MN, Darrell (Paula) Norby of Alexandria, Marie (Gary) VanZee of Glenwood, David (special friend Kelly Westerdahl) Norby of Plymouth; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; siblings: Gislee Norby, Anna Johnsrud, Margaret Norby, Gertrude (Jerry) Hunt, Magdelyn (Donald) Reutzel, Eddie (special friend Betty) Norby, Richard (Jeanie) Norby, and Wesley (Ruth) Norby; brother-in-law, Carl Smith; sister-in-law, Eileen Norby; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Johnny Norby, Rachel Holten, Kaius Norby, Sylvia Norby, Freddie Norby, Gedina Smith, Edna Norby and Caroline Norby; sister-in-law, Marian Norby and great-granddaughter, Christina Simon.


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