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Norman Lavern Iden - Brookings: Jan. 1925 – Oct. 4, 2012

Posted: Friday, Oct 5th, 2012




Norman Lavern Iden, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at the Sioux Falls VA Hospital.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookings. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.

Norm was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Boone, Iowa, the son of Carl S. and Janella (Fenton) Iden. He graduated from Boone High School on his birthday in 1943, which was also the day he was inducted into the United States Army.

Norm served in Europe during World War II from 1944 to 1946, including the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and building of the Red Ball Express. Norm was honorably discharged on March 29, 1946, from the U.S. Army.

After serving in the Armed Forces, Norm attended Boone Junior College, where he graduated in 1948. He then attended the University of Iowa where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1952 and his master’s in 1953.

Norm married Mary C. Ahart in 1953. They had seven children, Denise, Michelle Rowe, Gregory (Mary), Colette (Paul) Thompson, Paulette (James) Kostick, Rochelle (John) Pouliot, and Renée (Ryan) Miller.

From 1953 to 1965, Norm taught French and English at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. He then was a French professor at South Dakota State University from 1965 to 1996, retiring with emeritus status.

Norm married Lynnette G. Fargen in 1980. They had two children together, Trent (fiancée Shannon Wilhelm) and Andrée (fiancé Gilbert Blanchette).

Norm began playing golf at the age of 4, a sport he learned from his mother who herself was an outstanding golfer. His accomplishments include, four holes in one, a double eagle, one South Dakota State Senior Title, six city championships, two 9-hole course records, and multiple instances where he shot his age, the first being at age 71 where he shot a 4 under par 68 at the BCC. He also led the re-establishment of golf as an intercollegiate sport for Iowa Junior Colleges and coached Ellsworth Jr. College to numerous state championships. When he wasn’t playing golf, he also enjoyed flying and building radio-controlled model aircrafts.

He is survived by his wife Lynnette; nine children and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Wyoma Mae Tripp, and two grandchildren, Cooper and Carter Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Palliative Care at the VA Medical Center or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookings.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.










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