Mike Nortman, 70

Local obituary


West Liberty native Mike Nortman, 70, of Muscatine died Tuesday, Dec. 21, after a brief illness.

He was born and raised in West Liberty, the son of Charlie and Leota Nortman. While attending West Liberty schools, he could be seen around the community delivering newspapers, and in high school he could be found on the golf course. One of his golf highlights was winning the West Liberty Country Club annual tournament.

Shortly after high school, he joined the United States Air Force and served three years. Upon his return to the area, he attended Muscatine Community College and worked at Rohner Machine Works for a number of years.

Mike is survived by five siblings and one sister-in-law: John (Carol) Nortman of Ballwin, Missouri; Andrea Christensen of Iowa City; Karen Nortman of West Liberty, Dan (Ann) Nortman of Lincoln, Nebraska; Harriet (Ken) Hald of West Liberty, and Mary (Leon) Larson of West Liberty.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Leota Nortman, and one brother, Butch Nortman, all of West Liberty, as well as one brother-in-law, Allen Christensen of Iowa City, and a long-time friend and companion, Jenny French of Muscatine.

Family gathered privately at the Henderson Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty on Thursday, Dec. 23 for an early afternoon service. He was buried at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in rural West Liberty. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.