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Norris J. Hart

December 4, 1926 - January 28, 2014-


Norris J. Hart was born December 4, 1926 in Bend, Oregon. He was the eighth of nine children born to Frank and Mabel Hart. He died peacefully at home in Canby Oregon after a long illness.

Most of his childhood was spent in Oregon. He graduated from Madras Union High School. He joined the US Marine Corps in December 1944 and served during World War II in Okinawa and then in China. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1947.

After returning to Madras, Oregon, he met and married Leona Wallace on June 5, 1949. They have five children and have lived in Canby since 1970.

His first job was with the US Postal Service. He then spent many years working for the JC Penney Co. in

Oregon and Nevada. From 1975 to 1984 Norris and Leona owned and operated Hart’s Shoes & Men’s Wear and The Children’s Boutique in downtown Canby. He later returned to work for the post office, retiring in 1992.

Norris was a past president of the Canby Lions Club and a volunteer at the Canby Adult Center where he and his wife drove Meals on Wheels for 10 years. He served on the City Planning Commission and the City Budget Committee for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980’s. As member of the 1st Marine Division Association, Norris served on the Honor Guard at 94 ceremonies between 2001 and 2008.

Survivors include his wife, children and their spouses: Derek and Lydia Hart of Canby, Dayna Mathieson of Canby, Dorene and Dave Gleason of McMinnville, Davis and Maxine Hart of Portland and Deann Osgood of Tigard. Also surviving are sisters Geraldine Freeman, Zonia Dedloff, Hope Cropley and brothers James Hart and Ab Nance. He had 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 8th at 11:00 AM at the Canby Funeral Chapel. A reception will follow at the Canby Adult Center. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors.

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