Norman O. Pedersen

Norman O. Pedersen, Lawrence, KS, died August 7th at the age of 101. He was born November 17, 1913 to Thor and Olena Olson Pedersen in Atchison Co., KS.

He graduated at 16 from Horton High School in 1930 as class president. He received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, passing all tests except the eye test, therefore he was not accepted.

He worked for Montgomery Ward for several years in the radio repair division in Kansas and Missouri. He married Geraldine Oldridge on January 14, 1933. After completing training in Radar at Lexington, Kentucky in 1942, he served his country working for the US Army Signal Corp. as shop Superintendent in charge of repairing radio installations abroad US Army transports. He returned to Hiawatha, KS in 1945 where he worked in radio, television and appliance sales and services until 1957. He then returned to Seattle and Belleveu, Washington and worked for United Control/Sunstrand, who produced warning systems and the “Black Box” for airplanes. He was Supervisor over the initial run department. He retired after 22 years. In 2004 he moved to Lawrence to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Norma Rose.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1995; daughter, Judy McNish; and one grandson, Kelly Joy.

He is survived by one son, Thomas (Jeannie) Pedersen, Lebanon, Oregon, two daughters, Norma and Janet (Fred) Fuetterer, Seattle, Washington. He has 13 grandchildren; and many great and great-great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Stayton, Oregon.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Bridge Pointe Community Church, Lawrence or Lawrence Memorial Hospital and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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  1. Janet Griffith on August 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

    What a wonderful, brilliant, amazing man Norman was. I will never forget him or the times I was so blessed to have spent with him. My heart goes out to all his beautiful family for which he was so very thankful and was so proud of. My thoughts are with you and my prayers are for you. May our God comfort and bless you always.


    Janet G.

  2. Carolyn and Fred Madaus on August 12, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Our sincere prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time. We know you have many fond memories throughout his long life.

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