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Mr. Norman Leigh Wilmore
  • March 11, 1924 - August 31, 2013
  • Charlotte, Michigan

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Norman Leigh Wilmore, 89, of Charlotte, died Saturday, August 31, 2013. Norman was born at home on March 11, 1924, the son of Clifford Cleland and Gladys Rix (Davis) Wilmore. He graduated in the Charlotte High School Class of 1941 and farmed a short time until serving during WWII in one of the last mounted cavalry divisions. He served a second tour in the army of occupation in Japan. Upon his return, he married the love of his life, Joan Kerstetter, and they raised five children. Norman was a busy man, working 30 years full time at Motor Wheel, while also farming his own 120 acres on Shaytown Road. His real passion was farming, in which he and Joan excelled in raising registered Holsteins and Belgians. In fact, they home bred the first cow to be classified as Excellent in Eaton County. Norman also loved sports, playing fast-pitch softball and baseball. He was a lifelong Detroit Tigers and MSU Spartan fan. Norman was a devoted member of the Gresham United Methodist Church. Above all, Norman loved his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan Wilmore; daughters, Connie (Chuck) Corbin, Karen Scott and Chuck O'Connell, Pam (Fred) Todd; son, Kirby (Kate) Wilmore; son-in-law Jim Watson; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Marilyn Sullivan, Clare (Joyce) Wilmore, Gary Wilmore. He was predeceased by his daughter, Vicki Watson and grandson, Chad Gingrich. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte with Rev. Bryce Feighner officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Pray Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Gresham Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gresham United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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