Norman Leo “Norm” Sterling

Norman Leo “Norm” Sterling, 88, of Sauk Centre, MN, passed away from congestive heart failure on June 14, 2024 in St. Cloud VA Hospice after a brief battle with lung cancer.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Greg Paffel officiating. Military honors will be by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard following the Mass. Inurnment will be at a later date at Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery in Little Falls, formerly known as Camp Ripley.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at church.

Norm was born in Elnora, Indiana on June 3, 1936 to Oliver James and Ada Ione (Brinson) Sterling. Norm had four siblings: Hazel, James, Lester, and Ramon. James survives. Norm married the love of his life Alice (Jennissen) Sterling in Pacific Junction, Iowa on February 23, 1963, and she survives. Norm and Alice had two children, James (Angela) and Teresa (Ian) Ferguson. Norm and Alice were blessed with three bonus granddaughters who filled their lives with more love and joy than imaginable. Shelbi, Sydney, and Stephanie were the apples of his eyes!

Norm served proudly in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1963, as a Strategic Air Command Elite Guardsman serving at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska. After leaving the Air Force, Norm worked in the meat department at Baker’s Supermarket until 1965 when Norm and Alice moved to Indiana. Norm assembled transmissions at Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo. Norm was adamant that he move his family into a new home so he and Alice built a house in Frankfort, Indiana, when Norm became a member of the Frankfort Fire Department.

Rising through the ranks of the fire department, Norm retired as Chief in 1995, moving with Alice to their dream retirement home on Sauk Lake in Minnesota.

He enjoyed boating, deer hunting, and fishing from his dock, especially with his brother-in-law, Joe Jimenez. After taking care of a two-acre lot in the summer became too difficult, Norm and Alice moved to a townhome in Sauk Centre. Norm was blessed to live his final days at the Saint Cloud Veteran’s Hospital surrounded by compassionate and caring staff along with his wife of 61 years and his children.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre. Courtesy post by Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, IN  46041.  Please visit, where you may leave a condolence.