Norm with his dog
Norman Gene Alumbaugh
  • 87 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 16, 1927
  • Place of birth:
    Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 26, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Napa, California, United States

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Norman Alumbaugh, 87, born on October 16, 1927.  He passed away peacefully a little before midnight on November 26, 2014.

Please join us for a celebration of Norm's life!

Monday December 8, 2014 ** 3:00 PM ** 

Napa Elks Lodge ** 2840 Soscol Ave  **  Napa, CA 94558  **  (707) 255-4522

We have created this website to help his family share information and tributes.  At the request of his family, please leave any stories, memories, or tributes here.  We will miss you Norm!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Arlan Alumbaugh on 26th November 2015

"Uncle Norm,
I think about you often.  I remember all the great times we shared. Flying, working on airplanes, and having holiday gatherings. These memories will always be with me.

This tribute was added by Linda Sue Barton on 26th November 2015

"Dad, I miss you but  know you'd said you did everything you wanted to do. You and mom would have both been so proud of all your family members. Yes, you said I had the most beautiful mother. Mom and you instill the love of Jesus Christ in my heart before I was born with your Christian life example. I will always remember dad sitting close in Richmond church service and how secure with and this memory will never leave me. Thankfulness at this Thanksgiving for having you in my life."

This tribute was added by Denise Milner on 9th December 2014

"Norm was my very loved stepfather. Although I did not live with Norm but for a few months after I graduated from High School I moved to Walnut Creek for a few years to be near family. Norm was always very welcoming to me and a wonderful grandfather to my daughters.  As a matter of fact he was at the hospital in Livermore waiting for Tamara to be born. Since she took a couple of days he got a little restless and went out and bought a shopping center in San Ramon.

I used to spend hours sitting in the garage watching him build his Bede. I would seperate clecos for him.
Years passed and I married someone who was very involved in aviation. I wanted Norm to know so looked him up and he invited us to fly into his airport in Pope Valley. We had a great day as he showed my husband his hanger and projects, not to mention I was so happy to see him. I am so glad we had that time.

To Norms family, I am sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather."

This tribute was added by Michael Milner on 9th December 2014

"Norman Alumbaugh was my Stepfather.
Norm was, is, will always be the most capable and creative man I ever met. I cannot recall him ever botching anything he turned his hand to. He understood materials and engineering innately without the need of any assistance. If it wasn’t written he invented it!
Norm raised me during my school years. Junior High through High School. Norm supported all after school activities including sports. My brother and I played Basketball and Baseball. Norm would come to some games and provided great support. Norn really had no interest in sports but in 1973 he took me to the World Series. Oakland Athletics vs New York Mets. A’s won 4-3 series. Norm walked so fast I almost had to run to keep up with him in the crowds. Although he had no interest in sports he loved that World Series!  
Driving a car was absolutely miserable for Norm. He had no understanding for other drivers. Driving with Norm was always a thrilling experience. Norm taught me how to drive in the station wagon from my uncle’s deer club. I took the car out for a test drive one day after school and was pulled over for speeding. I didn’t have a license yet. Norn didn’t get mad. His only interest was how fast I was going. Norm had the need for speed.
Norm’s passion was flying (anything). Norm would wake me up early on weekends and we would fly to different lakes and fish all day then fly back home with our catch. He did like to fish. On those amazing weekends Norm taught me how to fly a plane. I will never forget him letting me call the tower and say “Bonanza 68626 request landing on runway one niner right”.
Norm was the best man at my wedding. Kathee and I have been married 38 years now. We live in Henderson Nevada. We own and operate a real estate brokerage. Pebble Real Estate.
My only brother Brad and I are who we are because of whom this man was. We will always miss Norm.

And finally most of all Norm gave Brad and I an example of a man whose imperfections provided the color in his character while his strengths gave his character its wonderful shape.

Good-bye Norm, may the sky stay clear and the wind always be in your favor.
Michael Jay Milner"

This tribute was added by Leticia Hillman on 8th December 2014

"Grandpa Norm, I will try every day to do what I love and be a positive person like you were.  You were an inspiration to me and countless others and showed us how to enjoy life no matter what.  Your passion for people will always encourage me to be a kinder person.  Thank you Grandpa for you big kisses and hugs and all your love."

This tribute was added by charles crowell on 8th December 2014

"Dennis, David, Linda, and Evonne, Iam so sorry of Norms passing, but it was his time, he chose not to burden anyone. Norm and his family have been part of my whole life, Our fathers meet in a construction class, Norm said he was building a house, my father said he would be happy to help out ,and that was the beginning of a construction career, and friendship, for both families.
  I remember Norm as a builder, designer,and hardworker, he was always looking for the next great project, always willing to risk everything, stopping at nothing.  He left behind many legacies,a wonderful loving family, homes, subdivisions, a  shopping center, a winery ,hotels , motels ,and a private airport, just to name a few.
  He was always happy to see me, with his big smile and hug, that is what I will miss most, Love Michael Crowell and Family."

This tribute was added by Arlan Alumbaugh on 8th December 2014

"Uncle Norm, Thank you for being a great father, brother, husband, and my uncle. I have many fond memories of you and I flying together over the years. I always enjoyed spending holidays with you. You taught me a lot about airplanes. You also taught me the value of hard work, persistence, patience, and honesty. Spending time with you was always a great experience.  I will never forget your wisdom, or your sense of humor.  Love, Arlan"

This tribute was added by Rob Jacobs on 7th December 2014

"Norm was my uncle, my mentor and most of all my friend. The years we spent working together, sipping wine, talking about life and family will never be forgotten. No on had a bigger heart and he always had a smile on his face. He will be dearly missed........"

This tribute was added by eric hurt on 6th December 2014

"The world has lost a great man, one of the few self made individuals in this age and I'm blessed the have been able to share time with him and his family. Thank you Norm for showing me you can do great things simply by not giving up."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Salmon on 4th December 2014

"Darling Norm always had a smile on his face, was full of fun and a very happy man who helped everyone.  He was a true Rotarian and a wonderful friend who will be missed so much...

Thank you for sharing your love of life, your joy and good humor with the world for 87 years...  Love, Dorothy"

This tribute was added by Jessica Alumbaugh on 3rd December 2014

"I still have a hard time believing my grandfather is gone. When we were kids he would always remind us that when we grew up to follow our dreams and do what makes us happy. He said 'who cares about the money? Do what makes YOU happy.' I've always remembered this and have been doing just that, which I know made him proud. I will continue to live my life with this in mind and never forget how he would always take me aside and say, "You have that Alumbaugh drive! Don't lose it. Follow your heart." I have so many memories and can't list all of them... He accomplished so much and I've always looked up to him hoping someday I can follow in his shoes. I've waned to try and get a pilots license, too because of all those memories I have flying with him, my father, David and Uncle Dennis and perhaps someday I'll fulfill that dream, too. I miss him beyond words, but I know he's reunited with GG (Great Grandma Biilie) and he's watching us, laughing at our crazy ways. Love you forever, Gramps."

This tribute was added by Wanda Davis-Boboia on 1st December 2014

"My condolences to all of Norman's family.  Most of you do not know me.  But I am Norman's cousin from his mother's Davis family.  Beulah was my Dad's older sister.  When I was a school-girl, my family would visit Aunt Billie and would often see Norman and his young family (Linda, Dennis and David).  But we all grew up and went our separate ways.  I last saw Norman, as well as Beulah and his brother Delyn, in Dec. 1988 at the memorial service for Eddie Davis, my father.  So that was years ago.  But I have had occasional contact with my cousin Linda Barton who would provide updates. Glad to know Norman had a long and full life."

This tribute was added by Beverly Ford on 1st December 2014

"Bless Evonne and Norms family that made him always wear a smile. He was always striving to be the best or accomplish more. He was never happy with second best. He called me Sis and I spent many hours watching him make model airplanes 75 years ago until the real plane was made. He mailed me my first New Testament from a ship when he was in the Merchant Marines and wrote inside. He read the Bible every night before bed when he was in his 20's and had much faith in God which set a fine example for me! I missed so much after Norm moved his family to California but I was always so proud to be his sister. We will never forget Evonne and Norm and the family being so unforgettably kind to us when we would visit. The eagle has soared and now Norm knows everything. He will be missed here for eternity. I'll never again get the hugs only you and Dad could give Norm. Love you forever, Sis"

This tribute was added by Joyce Bullington on 29th November 2014

"My thoughts are with Norm's entire family. He was a true gentleman and will certainly be missed. I will forever remember the plane ride as well. I was scared to death the whole time we were in the air! No fault of the pilot though. I last saw him in July this year and he was as sweet and handsome as ever. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Jill Jacobs on 29th November 2014

"Norman was a wonderful soul and wonderful husband to Aunt Gwen. We all send our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. It was always special to be with him. His sincere warmth and wonderful smile will stay with us. Wishing you clear skies on your flight home, Norman.
Much love,  The Jacobs--Jill, Scott, Alex, & the Thompsons--Merrin, Jason."

This tribute was added by Gillian and John Steel on 28th November 2014

"Norman, we will never forget you, you welcomed us into your home and heart, we loved how you shared your love with your family, we loved how you always were open to having fun, we loved your passion for life, we loved how you adored your precious dogs, and most of all we loved our very special time together in Jamaica.
RIP Norman."

This tribute was added by Alexis Peterson on 28th November 2014

"I will always remember Grandpa for being incredibly passionate about his projects and sharing them with others. I vividly remember a project in high school I had to complete that Grandpa helped with when he lived in Pope Valley. Grandpa was so excited to share and explain is small jets plans with me.  Every time I would inquire about something he was doing, he was extremely enthusiastic and eager to share his passion.  I will remember Grandpa as a determined, inquisitive, passionate man.  We will all miss you Grandpa."

This tribute was added by marylou hurt on 28th November 2014

"Norm built a beautiful home for his family that we all enjoyed on our visits. I remember the plane ride he took Ray & I on shortly after we moved to California. (To be related to someone who could fly was SOMETHING!) I think I admired Norm most for his strong work ethic he gave to all his kids. He will be missed by many."

This tribute was added by Dick Hurt on 27th November 2014

"I remember the day in 1949 when my fishing buddy left Indiana he will sorely be missed"

This tribute was added by Vi Ibarra on 27th November 2014

"Evonne, my thoughts are with you, I am so sorry for your loss.  Today, Thanksgiving, is the perfect day to reflect on our memories of Norm and what he meant to us.  I am thankful to be part of such a big, loving family."

This tribute was added by Linda Sue Barton on 27th November 2014

"Thankful knowing my dad's love. Also, thankful having been planted the seed for loving the Lord.  I will always miss dad as I do my mother."

This tribute was added by Donna Schwamberger on 27th November 2014

"You're right, Larissa.  Dennis reminds me so much of his dad.  Norm could always make my mom laugh.  We Hurts weren't huggers, but Norm always called Mom "you old battle-ax" (whatever that meant!) and grabbed her in a bear hug.  She loved it and him.  So sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Larissa Terry on 27th November 2014

"Thank you for being such a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather... I will always remember your wonderful laugh and see your loving nature in my own dad."

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