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Norman Minster

November 24, 1922 — February 16, 2018

NORMAN EDGAR MINSTER
Norman E. Minster, age 95, a lifelong Sheboygan resident, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2018.
He was born November 24, 1922, in Sheboygan to Rudi E. and Norma E. (Stubenrauch) Minster. Norman attended Sheridan and US Grant Elementary schools, graduating from North High School in 1941. During his school days he was active in the Sheboygan Turners and the Boy Scouts.
While serving in the US Navy during World War II he earned college credits at both Marquette University and the University of Notre Dame thru the V12 program. After the war he received a BA from Valparaiso University in 1947, and a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1951, where he was a member of the National Honorary Gargoyle Society for Architects.
On January 13, 1945, Norman and Marilyn Koss were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church. They were married for 69 years before her passing in 2014.
After college, Norman worked for Ebenreiter Woodworking Company in Sheboygan, and the architectural firm of Mark Pfaller and Assoc., in Wauwatosa. In 1952 he joined Satre and Senescall, where he designed several notable local projects, including Wilson School and educational buildings for St. Andrew Lutheran Church and Bethany Reformed Church. In 1962 he started his own architectural firm of Norman E. Minster, Inc., AIA. He designed many area church and schools projects, including Immanuel Lutheran School and Oostburg's First Reformed Church. One of his company's first projects was Luther Memorial Church, where he remained a member until his passing.
Norman also designed many nursing homes throughout the state, including Greendale and Meadow View Manor in Sheboygan and Pine Haven Nursing Home in Sheboygan Falls. He designed local commercial buildings for Ametek, the Sheboygan Paint Company, and the faux Bavarian style Zurheide Ice Cream plant on Michigan Ave. He also designed and built his own home of 50 years on N. 7th Street. He took exceptional pride in his concept and design of the Veteran's Memorial of Sheboygan County honoring those who have served their country.
Beyond his architectural accomplishments were Norman's contributions to the community. He generously contributed his time to church, civic, and professional organizations. He served as the president of the Luther Memorial Church congregation and the American Luther Association. He was on the founding committee and served on the board of the Deland Receiving Home and was a founding member and president of the Sheboygan Chapter of People-to-People International. He was on the Board of Directors of Sheboygan Memorial Hospital and oversaw their major expansion project in 1977.
Norman was a member of the American Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Society of American Registered Architects, receiving their highest award in 2002. He served as Secretary and later Vice President of the Lake Michigan Regional Planning Council.
Norman and his wife Marilyn shared a passion for travel. They took their young family on trips around the country: from California to Boston, Washington DC to the Grand Canyon. After their children left home, they traveled the world, enjoying several trips to Europe, the Soviet Union, Japan and Southeast Asia, and Cuba. They eventually took thirty-five oversea trips and made many new friends. Many eventually visited them at their home in Sheboygan. They also hosted several foreign exchange students over the years.
Norman is survived by his children: Roxanna (Donald) Mueller of Sheboygan, Kirk Minster of Mooresville, IN, Joel (Susan) of Highland Park, IL, Seth (Brenda) of Sheboygan, and Sara (Jerry) Gordon of Kohler, WI; grandchildren Jennifer Fry, Christian Mueller, Scott Minster, Peter Minster, Heidi (Aaron) Reinen, David Minster, Alex (Stephanie) Minster, Adam (Nicole) Minster, Jeff Gordon, and Paul (Jennifer) Gordon; great grandchildren Quinn Fry, Wesley and Wyatt Gordon, Emma Reinan and Felicia Minster; and brother Robert Minster of Sheboygan.
Norman was preceded in death by his brother, Rudi Minster and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, 12th St. and Eisner Ave. Rev. Adam Barkley, Pastor, will officiate. Visitation will begin at the church at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. There will also be a time of visitation and support on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Ballhorn Funeral Chapels from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
A memorial fund has been established in Norman's name for Luther Memorial Church.
To sign the guestbook, please visit: www.ballhornchapels.com

Visitation
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
4:00 PM 2/21/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/21/2018 7:00:00 PM
Ballhorn Chapels

1201 N. 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Ballhorn Chapels
1201 N. 8th Street Sheboygan 53081 WI
United States
Visitation
Thursday, February 22, 2018
1:00 PM 2/22/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 2/22/2018 2:00:00 PM
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

1127 Eisner Ave.
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
1127 Eisner Ave. Sheboygan 53081 WI
United States
Funeral Service
Thursday, February 22, 2018
2:00 PM 2/22/2018 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 2/22/2018 3:00:00 PM
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

1127 Eisner Ave.
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
1127 Eisner Ave. Sheboygan 53081 WI
United States
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