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“I'm sad to hear of Norm's passing. He really touched my heart! Prayers to you all. A great life, well lived❤RIP friend. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Rena Cheers

“Norm was one of the best people I have ever known. Always helped the Baird family at every turn. I make an annual trip to Creston and I always...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Bill Baird - NC

“Sue I am so sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Bringing home our newborn son to our home at the country club and being young parents I remember Norm being there with advice to offer and plenty of...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Lindsey Frey Woollums - Warsaw, IL

“Norm was the anchor of the Country Club community. Always generous with his time and talent. We were all blessed to have Norm as a friend and a...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Larry Mark

“No one ever had a better friend than Norm. always there for you and always full of knowledge. He will be missed by all that ever knew him. Tom &...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Tom Frey - Creston, IA - friend

“Norm was one of a kind. Always there to lend a helping hand or donate to the cause. Norm was ALWAYS there to help with a huge smile on his face. I am...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Tim Leonard - Orient, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of Norms passing he was a true friend to all who knew and loved him,Norm and my dad Frank Smith spent many good times and...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Gay Smith Auten - creston, IA

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Norm Ridinger, 97, of Creston, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Creston Nursing and Rehab in Creston.

Celebration of Life services will 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at Powers Funeral Home junction of highway 34 and 25 in Creston. Pastor Dan Moore will officiate.

Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery in Cromwell.

Open visitation will be 1-5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2014, with family receiving friends from 3-5:00 p.m. Sunday. Memorials are to be established. Online condolences can be given at

Norman Calvin Ridinger was born August 10, 1917 on a farm south of Murray, to Raymond Park Ridinger and Lena Olive (Katzenbarger) Ridinger. He grew up on farms in that area and went to Doyle Country School and Murray High School. Norm had one older brother. Norman's great-grandparents were the first white settlers in the area.

His careers went from delivering mail on horseback to engineering the Amtrak. He began working for the Burlington Railroad in 1942 as a fireman shoveling coal. Over the years his jobs with C.B. & Q. changed. He worked out of St. Joseph, Mo., Pacific Junction, Council Bluffs and primarily Creston.

After retiring he worked for Buxton & West Auctioneer's as a ringman. Norm then became interested in coin collecting, eventually appraising coins to be auctioned. During all of this time he managed a farm south of Afton.

Norman married Donella Newton on October 29, 1939 in Murray, Ia. To the union two children were born. They lived in Murray, Creston, St. Joe and back to Creston. They divorced in 1945.

Norm married Claudine Utterback on August 15, 1950 in Minnesota. There weren't many things he wanted to do he didn't accomplish. He has hunted, fished and traveled all of his adult life. Norm and Claudine lived at the Country Club outside of Creston for many years and he has kept his home and driven his car until he was 97 ½ years old.

Norm was a member of the Creston Elks Lodge, Gibson Library Coffee Club, and former Creston Country Club Board member.

Survivors include his two daughters, Sue South of Melcher-Dallas; Janet (husband Larry) Adair of St. Charles; five grandchildren, Tanya Jones and Brent (wife Dana) South, both of Knoxville, Shelley (husband Dennis) Peck and Sonia (husband Tom) Hutton, both of St. Charles and Kelly (wife Kathy) Adair of Indianola; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; one step-daughter, Joy Swenson of Washington and her daughters, JoLee, Susie and Shelly and their families. He was also survived by special friend, Bill (wife Lola) Bennett of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Claudine in 1999, a granddaughter, Debra South, a son-in-law, Eldon South, two step grandsons and his brother, Mansel.