Donald Layton Norberg of South Haven passed away at the Cokato Manor Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the age of 96.
A private family graveside service will take place at the Sunset Cemetery in French Lake Township.
Donald Layton Norberg was born Sept. 22, 1925, to John and Alma (Engstrom) Norberg. He was born in the same house where he resided for nearly 90 years.
Donald attended Happy Corner Country School through the eighth grade, and then Cokato High School. After his dad passed away, he quit school to help on the family farm, which he eventually purchased.
He married Pauline Benson in 1944. Together, they made their home on the farm and raised their family, plus several foster children. He milked cows, raised feeder pigs, and farmed the land. He was a hard-working farmer.
When they retired, they traveled with the Mobile Missionaries Assistance Program (MMAP) and the MN Christian Campers. Pauline passed away in 1992.
In 1998, he married LuElla M. Halverson. They too lived on the farm. They enjoyed traveling, camping, and various church activities. They felt blessed to spend their winters at the Bibleville Conference Center in Alamo, TX. LuElla passed away in 2017.
Donald had deep roots in French Lake Township, yet he loved to travel the world. He visited China, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Through all these countries and across the United States, he ministered to people by handing out tracts (pamphlets) of God’s word.
He is survived by those he prayed for diligently: his children, Steve and Mickee Norberg (San Diego, CA), David and Kim Norberg (Reno, NV), Sharon and Roger Henry, (Billings, MT), Ruth and Larry Bachmeier (Big Lake), and Kay and Gary DeSmith (Dassel); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
He was a man of steadfast faith in God. He looked forward to the glorious day he would go to heaven. He is rejoicing to be there now.