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Edmund Norton

Edmund Carlyle (Cork) Norton Jr. passed away at his home in Mitchell on Sunday, July 18, 2004. He was 81 years old.
   Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Mitchell. Dan Howe and Dan Cannon will conduct the services.
   Mr. Norton was born on Oct. 1, 1922 to Edmund Carlyle Norton Sr. and Cella Maud (Kinsley) Norton in Fossil, Ore. He married Betty Jo Rickman on Oct. 29, 1947 in Portland, Ore.
   Carlyle grew up and spent his entire life on the family ranch at Bear Creek near the Painted Hills in Mitchell. He attended elementary school at the one-room schoolhouse on Bridge Creek and graduated from Mitchell High School.
   After graduation he began driving log truck for Hudspeth Pine Logging Co. until the start of World War II. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in January, 1942 where he served for four years as a platoon sergeant in the Midway Islands, Saipan, and Iwo Jima. He then returned to Mitchell and drove log truck for Hudspeth Pine until October of 1950, when he was recalled to service.
   After serving for a year as a drill instructor in San Diego, Calif., he was released from the service. He proudly received honorable discharges from both of his engagements in the United States Marine Corps. Carlyle once again returned home to his family ranch and continued driving log truck and retired in 1982 after driving more than 30 years. His primary focus after retirement was managing and improving the lands his father homesteaded until the time of his death.
   Mr. Norton enjoyed spending quality time with his family and many friends. His love for horses, ranching, protecting the land and family was well known by all who knew him. He will be remembered by many for his brave patriotism and his honest, caring, and admirable qualities as a gentleman.
   Carlyle was a member of the Mitchell Lions Club, the Central Oregon Chapter #33 Royal Arch Masons of Oregon, and served as a member of the Mitchell School Board for many years.
   Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo, of Mitchell, son Thomas and Mary Norton of Prineville, daughters Mary and Ron Gillen of Prineville, and Lorraine and Brad Andrews of Unity, Ore.. Also surviving are a sister, Virginia A. and Raymond Keyes of Richland, Wash., grandchildren Thomas B. and Cynthia Norton, Steve, Briand and Michael Gillen all of Prineville, and Jenell and Jimmy Zamora of Burns, Ore., great-grandchildren Isaac and Elizabeth Zamora of Burns, and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Walter Ray Norton, and a brother, Walter Kinsley Norton.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Mitchell Ambulance Fund, Mitchell, OR, or Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 NE Elm St., Prineville, OR 97754.
   Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.