LaLander Stadig “Duck” Norman

LaLander Stadig “Duck” Norman, 101, of Homosassa, FL, died on Fri., July 26, 2013 at his home. A native of Binford, ND, he was born April 10, 1912 to John and Corrine (Stadig) Norman. During his youth, Duck was "employed" by the Fair Store in Valley City, where his father worked as manager. Duck attended Valley City State University (formerly Valley City Teachers College) before earning an MBA from the University of Michigan and going on to a career as an actuary, progressing to executive status in American United Life Insurance Company in Indianapolis, IN. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. When they discovered his actuarial skills, they assigned him to the Aviation Logistics Plans Division. His part was to project future usage of aircraft so that pilot training and equipment procurement could be properly coordinated. After retirement he moved with his wife to Homosassa, FL, where they enjoyed many years of golf and bridge. In recent years, Duck was interviewed by Wes at the Valley City Museum, and the video of that interview is available to the public at the museum. Mr. Norman is survived by his three daughters: Martha Mary Neely (Jim), Maricopa, AZ, Carol Jean Wellborn and Shirley Ann Cook, both of Homosassa, FL, 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Garnet Norman, on Aug. 17, 2004, his son, Eric John Norman and three siblings, Olaf Arnold Norman and Kenneth Norman and Katherine Stanley. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL