Norman C. Hongisto of Sullivan, Missouri was born on November 11, 1932 in Wakefield, Michigan to Nikolai Hongisto and Alma M. (Ronn) and passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the age of 85 years.
He grew up and attended school in Wakefield, Michigan, graduating from Wakefield High School in 1950.
After high school, Norman worked for a short time before entering in the U.S. Air Force. He honorably served for four years, until his honorable discharge.
He married Marian Jiongo in September of 1952. The Hongisto family moved to Sullivan, Missouri where Norman worked for the Meramec Mining Company.
In 1976 he went to work for MSHA (Mine Safety & Health Administration) as an inspector.
After residing in several other states, he retired in 1995, the same year his wife, Marian, passed away. He relocated back to Sullivan in 2016 to make his final home.
Norman enjoyed camping and carpentry and was especially fond of singing in the Finnish Choir back in Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Marian; three brothers, Arnold, Richard and Robert; four sisters, Lillian Kerschner, Eileen Koski, Pearl Linn and Peggy Liuha; and one grandson, Jeffrey Gawer.
He is survived by four daughters, Gayle Gawer of Sullivan, Missouri, Joanne Bott and husband Lewis of Bourbon, Missouri, Carol Hardaway and husband Joe of Helena, Alabama and Lisa Massey and husband Bradley of Leasburg, Missouri; one son, Wayne “Butch” Hongisto and wife Marilyn of Sullivan, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
A Remembrance Memorial Service was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastor Lew Ensor officiating.
Inurnment followed at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Sullivan, Missouri with full military honors.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan and Bourbon, Missouri.