Norman Wesley Vandiver of Camp Verde, AZ, went to be with Jesus on April 30, 2021. Norman was born in Twin Falls, ID and resided in Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Scotland and Arizona over the course of his life.
As a young man Norman worked on farms in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. As an adult Norman used his technical skills working for Boeing, then moved on to repairing remote relay stations for RCA in Alaska. Norman returned to Oregon and began working for White’s Electronics of Sweet Home, Oregon. As General Manager, Norman was instrumental in helping expand White’s Electronics business into Western Europe, which eventually spread to most free European countries.
Norman was an adventurous man who loved to travel and entertain guests by taking them to see the beauty of local scenic places. He was a walker and hiker and loved being out in creation. He was also a HAM radio enthusiast, call sign N7VF. Norman won Ham operator competitions, and networked with other operators around the world. Norman was seen climbing his 70' radio antenna tower just a few months before his passing.
Norman was a musician, playing the saxophone that he purchased with his own money while in junior high. He played in church and for family at gatherings, especially during the Christmas season. His musical talent was a blessing to all who heard him play. After many years of good use, Norman sent his sax in for repairs, and when received, the manufacturer service technicians commented how delightful it was to see one of their older model horns in such good condition as was evidenced in the care he gave to his saxophone. As a special treat, the company completely refurbished and polished Norman's saxophone until it was so shiny it almost hurt the eyes.
Norman loved people and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was known for walking through the neighborhood, checking on his neighbors and making sure they were doing well. He was a caring person with a warm and friendly personality that attracted people to him. Norman was a devout Christian who loved God with his whole heart, and lived his life based on his Christian beliefs. He was a great man who blessed all those around him with his kind, gentle and caring spirit.
Norman is survived by his wife of 41 years, L. Jeanette Vandiver, and his daughters, Linda Fick of Camp Verde, AZ, Gail Westover of Lynden, WA, and Angela Friesen of Albany, OR. He is also survived by his sister Jeannette Spurgeon of Lebanon, OR, brother Bill Vandiver of Lebanon, OR and his sister Connie Moore of Mountain Home, AR. Additionally, Norman is survived by 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.