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Norman D. Loven, 85

Norman Douglas Loven, age 85, of Grove City, formerly of Dassel, died Sunday, July 29, 2012, at his home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Grove City, the son of Herman and Anna (Monson) Loven. Norman grew up in the Grove City area, until his parents moved to Minneapolis when he was a child. They later moved back to Grove City, where he graduated from the Grove City High School.

Norman was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and had been a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. He had served on the First Lutheran Church board for several terms.

Norman served in the US Army in the Japan Occupation Forces, serving from March 1945 until October 1946.

He was united in marriage to Marilyn Althea Holm May 7, 1944, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale at Nashua, IA. The couple made their home in Grove City until 1965, when they moved to California and lived there for a short period of time, then moving to Mound in 1966. Norman worked as a sales rep for Bartley Supply in Mound, and later SD McCollough.

In 1970, Norman purchased the Our Own Hardware Store in Dassel, and moved to Dassel in 1971. He owned and operated the hardware store until he sold the business in 1986, and moved to St. Cloud.

In 1990, Marilyn and Norman moved back home to Grove City, where he has lived since.

Norman enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He always could find an acquaintance that he knew wherever he went. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf, and traveled with Marilyn in their RV to numerous destinations, from Alaska to Florida, wintering in both states.

Norman served on the Grove City School Board, the Grove City Fire Department, and for many years was a funeral director in Grove City.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Laural) Stafford of Grove City, and Jeff (Diane) Loven of Dassel; four grandchildren, Jim (Karen) Stafford, Scott (Nyla) Stafford, Jeremy Loven, and Kyle Loven; and six great-grandchildren, Sean Stafford, Melissa Hjelle, Brandon Stafford, Shaylene Stafford, Holden Stafford, and Savannah Stafford.

Norman is also survived by a special friend, Hazel Wittenberg of Litchfield; and a brother-in-law, Robert Holm of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; a son, Peter; his parents; and a brother, Donald.

The funeral service took place Friday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City with the Rev. Jean Ohman officiating. Inurnment followed at the First Lutheran Cemetery in Grove City, with military honors provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

There was a time to gather with family Thursday, Aug. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, and one hour prior to the service at the church Friday.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.