Marvin William Deerhake, Norma Louise Jordan

Marvin William Deerhake

Rev. Marvin William Deerhake, 89, of Bicknell, was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1930 on a farm near New Knoxville, Ohio. He was the second of five children to LeRoy and Laura (Vordermark) Deerhake. He graduated from New Knoxville High School in 1949, where he participated in FFA, chorus, band and basketball. Marvin attended Mission House College (now Lakeland University), graduating in 1953. There he participated in the Zeta Chi Fraternity, Socratic Society, Christian Fellowship, College Acapella Choir, and played on the basketball team. He graduated from Mission House Theological Seminary in 1956, and was ordained in June of that same year in the Evangelical and Reformed Church. He served at the Zion Evangelical and Reform Church in Lodi, California; St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Juno, Wisconsin; Grace UCC in Ft. Wayne, and Bethel Community Church in Freelandville.

Some notable accomplishments of his life were assisting the congregation of Bethel Community Church in establishing the North Knox Social Ministries. Marvin also ran mission study tours throughout the United States, as well as to Germany and Japan. He also volunteered at Americas, Georgia, working with President Jimmy Carter on Habitat for Humanity projects. Marvin also served on the board for the Girl Scouts of America.

Marvin married Mary Anne Mattes on June 29, 1952; she preceded him in death.

He is survived by three daughters Elizabeth Dilbone, Laura Anderson, and Brenda Maddox and her husband, Ron; his grandchildren, Jeff Trowbridge and Ian Maddox; step-grandchildren Asah Maddox, Lacey Lane and her husband, Jeff, and their children; his brothers, Robert Deerhake and his wife, Sandy, and their family of New Knoxville, and Gene Deerhake and his wife, Mary, and their family of Marblehead, Ohio.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. on Monday at Bethel Community Church, and 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the First Church of New Knoxville. He will be laid to rest at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in New Knoxville. Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of New Knoxville, 200 W. Bremen St., New Knoxville, OH 45871. Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes Bicknell Chapel was honored to assist the family with the arrangements.

Norma Louise Jordan

Norma Louise Jordan, 77, of Vincennes, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Norma (Sears) Jordan was born Dec. 30, 1941 in the parsonage at Colfax, to Rev. Frederick Charles Sears and Inez Louise (Spencer) Sears. She attended Star City High School for 9th and 10th grades.  She graduated from Rolling Prairie High School in 1958. She attended Indiana University for a teaching degree and graduated in 1962. She married her husband of 56 years, Michael Ross Jordan, in August of 1963.

Norma grew up in a small town, the daughter of a pastor. In order to keep her two hands busy, her mom taught her baton lessons. Norma became a twirler, and won two state championships in Indiana. Norma was the featured twirler for the Marching Hundred Band at Indiana University for four years. She was the only female member with over one hundred men in the band. She and Michael met at IU. He wasn’t sure he liked her twirling with all those men around.

Norma and Michael were married a year after they completed college; Norma as a teacher, and Michael as a geologist. They taught in Three Oaks, Michigan, for a year. Then they decided to apply to teach overseas to American military children for the Department of Defense. They flew to Misawa, Japan, the first time on an airplane, where they taught high school for one year. They made good friends, both Japanese and American. Then they traveled to Izmir, Turkey, where they taught another year. They traveled the Middle East, wild boar hunted, and learned to scuba dive. Finally they moved to Heidelberg, Germany, where they taught for three years and kept traveling. It was here in the second year that their daughter, Corrie, was born. Then the third year John R. was born. It was too hard to travel with two babies, so they came home. 

After the two returned to Vincennes and bought a home on McDowell Road, Norma settled in as a mother and homemaker. As Michael bought rental properties and fixed them up, Norma would show the properties to potential renters and clean them to get them ready. She helped Michael in all of his businesses by managing and keeping the books for first apartments, then 500 oil wells in production in Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, and eventually commercial real estate properties. Norma also took Corrie to baton lessons. She watched her practice and the family traveled for National Baton Competitions all over the country. Corrie owed her success to Norma’s dedication. Norma taught countless young girls the art of baton twirling here in Vincennes. She even performed a couple of times with Corrie at the IU Homecoming Alumni Band performance during a home football game. John R. joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served during Desert Storm. Later he became an ordained minister. She was so proud of her kids. Norma was also very involved in her church. She was on the Deaconate Board at First Baptist many times. She taught Sunday school there for 35 years, was on the board for Christian Women’s Club, and active in her Sunday School class.  She had a heart for serving and loving others.

Later in life Norma had two main passions. They were traveling and her children/grandchildren. As a younger family of four, she would book trips to Florida in the summer and skiing in the winter. Later she liked to book cruises and trips. The best was when the whole family went along. She and Mike traveled to China, Germany, Russia, Chile and Machu Picchu, cruised around South America and went to Rio de Janeiro and Mardi Gras. They also traveled to Greece and on the Danube from Vienna to Budapest, to Paris, and Cannes to mention a few. One of her favorite destinations was Cancun resorts with her adult children and their spouses. She had an adventure for life that was contagious. She also loved to spend time with her grandkids. She would attend birthday parties, grandparent’s day, read to them, swim in their home pool, sing and play endless games with them.

Norma is survived by her husband, Michael Jordan; her brother, John Denver Sears and his wife, Connie, of West Lafayette; her brother-in-law, Marvin Sweeney and his wife, Valerie Sweeney; her children, Corrie Case and her husband, Perry, of Fishers, and John R. Jordan and his wife, Stephanie, of Carmel; and her six grandchildren, ranging in ages from 5 to 21, who were the light of her eye — in order of birth, they are Cameron, Conner, Jessica, Jenna, Jillian, and Spencer. Norma was delighted with her grandchildren.

A Celebration Memorial Service will be 1 p.m. on Dec. 14 at First Baptist Church, 2625 Wabash Ave., with Pastor Dan Barringer officiating. A visitation will be 2-5 p.m. at the church. The family asks that memorial contributions be made  to Compassion International. 

FUNERALS

Barton, David K., Jr., Died Nov. 23. Visitation: 10 a.m. until noon today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: private services at the Bruceville Cemetery. Memorials: Relay For Life. Condolences: www.goodwinfamilyfh.com

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