Norman Julian Melberg

12/17/1911 — 07/31/2004

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Auburn, Washington

Norman Julian Melberg

Melberg Obituary

Norman J Melberg, 92 of Richland went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 31 S 2004. Norman was born in Auburn Washington on December 17th, 1911 to Julius and Ella Melberg. His childhood was spent in Ada, Minnesota and Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

Norman was proud to have served in WWII, enlisting December 8th, 1941. He served in the 814th U.S. Army Aviation Engineers in North Africa and Europe. After the war he became a carpenter working out of Carpenters Local No 770. He primarily worked on large construction projects including dams, bridges and the Hanford N Reactor.

He met Alice E. Davis while on a working vacation at the Double K Ranch near Goose Prairie, Washington in 1953. They were married later that same year and lived in the Yakima area for over forty years.

Norman enjoyed the mountains and being in the outdoors. He was active as a scoutmaster for Boy Scouts while his boys were young. He also enjoyed raising cattle and Percheron draft horses on his ranch outside of Yakima.

He is survived by two sons, Bill and daughter-in-law Cathy of Richland, Washington, and Ted of Salmon, Idaho. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Christopher Melberg, Megan Melberg, Tyler Melberg, Hannah Melberg and Brittney Melberg, all of Richland. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice in 1996.

Norman is the last of his generation having outlived three brothers and three sisters. He will be missed, especially at extended family functions, for his Dutch oven cooking, and for his sense of humor and many interesting stories.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. The end of a era is always sobering but we press on.

    In His Love,

    Joe and Joan Dufault

    Joe and Joan Dufault
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • Norm and Alice were good friends of mine from Sons of Norway, and it was always a treat to go to their home for a cookout. I looked forward to Norms Dutch Oven stew, and their gracious hospitality. Norm was so caring, in his gruff way, and always had a funny story or a kind word for our kids…He was a memorable man, and one of the greats in my life. I wll miss him very much and have missed him as part of the Tampico scenery, but think of him often when I look out at those hills. I expect to see him in the corrals of heaven. My best regards, Jeanne

    Jeanne Barrett-Usher
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US