Norman Bruno Herdt, 83, Minot, and formerly of Gasman Township, left this world on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, following a short battle with cancer.
Norman was born on June 29, 1929, on the family farm in Gasman Township of Ward County, north of Max, to Leo and Rebecca (Roth) Herdt. He attended Harmony School and graduated from Max High School. As a young adult he assisted his father and brother with the operation of the family farm.
Norman married Joyce Galusha on Oct. 24, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church. They made their home on the family farm, where he continued to assist his family and he was employed as a heavy equipment operator during the construction of the Garrison Dam as well as at Hovde Salvage and Allied Contractors. The family resided in Jamestown in 1969, where he was employed by Haybuster. They returned to Minot in 1970, where Norman was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Schriock Construction and Aggregate Construction. He retired in 1994.
Norman was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church as well as the Eagles Aerie, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge, where he served as a trustee. He enjoyed attending threshing shows, especially in Rollag, Minn., and traveling to many casinos. He also enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Norman is survived by: his loving wife of almost 58 years, Joyce; children, Keith Herdt, of Velva, and Karen (Warren) Dockter, of Minot; stepdaughter, CeeCee (Doug) Thompson, of Minot; grandchildren, Randi (Luke) Monley, of Minot and Maison Herdt, of Velva; stepgrandchildren, Brooks (Jen) Pederson, of Fargo, Lindee Thompson, of Minneapolis, Alish (Zach) Charley, of Minot, Shane (Sandra) Dockter, of Thornton, Colo., and Lonnie (Sue) Dockter, of Mahnomen, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Holden Monley and stepgreat-grandchildren, Gabe and Reagan Pederson and Jacob and Mirah Charley; and many nieces and nephews.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arnold; and stepgranddaughter, Joni Dockter.
Celebration of the Life of Norman Herdt: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment arrangements are pending.
Visitation: Today, Oct. 24, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to Trinity Hospice or Our Savior Lutheran Church, both Minot.
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