Clair “Red” Van Norman
Date of Birth
December 25, 1933
Denison, Iowa
Entered into Rest
October 27, 2017
Morse Bluff, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Monday, October 30, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at Linwood Hill Cemetery ~ Linwood, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Sunday, October 29 ,2017 ~ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


In care of the family for future designation

Clair “Red” L. Van Norman 83 of Morse Bluff, NE passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born December 25, 1933 in Denison, IA to Jacob and Evelyn (Ruff) Van Norman.

During Clair’s youth his father built air strips during World War II, their family often moved, living in 21 different states west of the Mississippi.  Sometimes the children would change schools three times in one school year.  When Clair was 11, his family settled in Fremont, NE and at the age of 12, alongside of his father, he learned to build farm terraces with the road patrol before he graduated.  After graduation, he entered the Navy on October 30, 1952 but suffered from a dislocated shoulder and was medically discharged on February 9, 1953 which led him to highway construction.

On June 16, 1954 in Fremont he was united in marriage to Elizabeth “Liz” Frana. From this union four children were born; Claire Marie, Samuel Lee, Mark Wayne and Jess Clair. By 1955 he had begun farming, but after five years a drought hit so he went to work at Irrigation Supply, then to Economy Housing and later worked at Hellstar Corporation, manufacturing camper and snowmobile accessories.  Red started Van Norman Construction, building grain bins and farm structures. He started working at Excel Corporation where he processed meat for 11 years until he retired.  After retirement he built his own Boloney Shop in Malmo, NE, processing beef, pork, deer, sheep, buffalo and more.

Clair loved to hunt, fish, garden and even dance.  In 2006, Clair and his family moved to an acreage in Morse Bluff, NE to raise Jersey milk cows and chickens, until his accident with a bull that left him paralyzed from the waist down. As a young man, Clair had red hair, which explains his nick name, “Red”.  Red, who likes long hair, beards and mustaches led him to a perfect role later in his life as Santa.

Red is survived by his wife, Liz Van Norman; children, Claire Marie, Sam (Shelley) Van Norman, Jess (Pam) Van Norman; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Walters.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mark and parents.

Condolences for Clair “Red” Van Norman
  1. David Bennett
    • October 31, 2017 - 5 years ago

    Liz I just saw Clair’s obituary on the computor. Sorry we missed his funeral but I just found out on Tuesday. I’m still in shock, kind of like loosing a family member.Sorry for your loss.


  2. Geraldine A. Anthony
    • November 1, 2017 - 5 years ago

    Dear Liz, and Family,
    Please except our sincerest sympathies, God be with you , our prayers are with you.
    Your summer neighbors for over 40 years.
    Myron and Geri Anthony
    Cedar Lakes
    Cedar Bluffs ne

  3. Anonymous
    • September 12, 2018 - 4 years ago

    Im so sorry to hear about Red my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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