Norman Slade, 70, of Grand Junction passed away on January 12, 2023.
Norman Dean Slade was born September 1, 1952 in Wichita, Kansas to Dwight N. and Vera D. Slade. He met Jesus on January 12, 2023 in his eternal home where all pain and suffering has ceased. He grew up in Wichita attending Wilson Elementary School and graduating from South High School in 1970. As a boy and young man, he was very active in Boy Scouts attaining three Eagle Scout Awards. These were some of the best times of his early life. He also spent a great deal of time with his Grandma Koehn, even living with her for a time.
Norman accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age and felt called to minister to others throughout his life. He was a member of Monument Baptist Church at the time of his passing although he had not attended regularly for several years due to health issues.
Norman attended Tabor College and Wichita State University prior to graduating from Friends University in 1976 with a degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, Norman spent several years working for the Farmers CO-OP in Offerle, Kansas; Holly, CO; and Spearville, Kansas before enrolling in Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary (now Denver Seminary) in 1978. Although he did not graduate, he valued what he had learned and applied it to his relationships. After leaving Seminary, Norman briefly worked as an accountant before commencing his career in insurance. He traveled around the country selling insurance for several years before joining the Ken Wilson agency. As an additional job he did the accounting for Bookcliff Christian School for several years. Following retirement, he enjoyed spending time at his computer learning about and challenging himself in financial investing.
Norman met the love of his life, Evelyn Regier, in 1973. They were married on June 14, 1974, in Enid, Oklahoma. After 10 years of marriage their first son, Geoffrey Daniel, was born. He was joined by Bryan Christopher and Scott Michael over the next 4 years. Norman’s boys were the pride of his life and what he considered his greatest achievement. He loved playing games and barbequing with them and going 4 wheeling to off-road places in his red Toyota Land Cruiser. He often said how much he missed those times.
Norman was preceded in death by his son, Geoffrey; his brother; his parents; his grandparents; and uncles, aunts, and cousins. He is survived by his wife of 48.5 years as well as sons, Bryan (Charlori) and Scott (Natalie). His six grandchildren - Daniel, Lydia, Joanna, James, Coulter, and Brynlie - greatly enriched his life. He loved seeing them.
Norman’s purpose in life was to live out his faith in Christ and to encourage others. He always had an additional question, thought or idea to share with others.
Memorial service will be held at Monument Baptist Church 486 23 Road Grand Junction, Colorado on January 21, 2023 at 11am. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Norm's name to Hopewest Hospice.