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Norvin "Snorty" Bultemeier, 80, Decatur, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at his residence. â€¨ He was born Friday, June 16, 1933, in Adams County, son of the late Walter and Clara (Miller) Bultemeier. He married Ileen Lampe Oct. 18, 1953, in Christ Lutheran Church in Woodburn; she survives. â€¨ Snorty proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1955-1957. â€¨ He was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen, where he served as a deacon, trustee and sang in the church choir for more than 50 years. Snorty was active in the Lutheran Men of Song for ten years. He was also active in coaching grade school basketball at Bingen and Wyneken. â€¨ Snorty, along with his wife Ileen, owned and operated Die Deutsche Ecke Cheese House from 1974-1998. He had previously worked as a bookkeeper for the Adams County Highway Department and was the sports announcer for WADM Radio in Adams County during the 1970's and also hosted Snorty's Polka Parade. In 1975 he began, in his front field, what is now known as the Oktoberfest in Hoagland. â€¨ Surviving are a daughter, Ann Souder of Decatur; son, Roger (Dr. Carla Grote) Bultemeier of Decatur; sister, Malinda Bieberich of Preble; brother, Oswald (Margaret) Bultemeier of LaGrange; and five grandchildren, Christopher Souder; Victor, Benjamin, Andrew and Malinda Bultemeier. â€¨ Preceding Norvin in death was a sister, Alvena Reinking; and three brothers, Edgar, Alfred and Walter Bultemeier. â€¨ Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday in the St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen with Pastor Peter Brock officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Bingen. â€¨ Friends will be received from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Tuesday in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday. â€¨ In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Bingen or Worship for Shut-Ins.
Online condolences may be made at www.zwickjahn.com.