Norman J. Norm Hemerick, age 62, of Rochester, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Norman James Hemerick was born Nov. 16, 1951 in Watertown, Minn. to Ferdinand and Regina (Rose) Hemerick. He was raised in Watertown and graduated from high school there in 1969. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 1970 to April 1973 as an aircraft mechanic, stationed in Guam. He married Deborah Aus on Feb. 24, 1973, in Watertown, they were later divorced. Norm was very mechanically talented and worked in various occupations over the years. He had been employed at Morries Imports, Advanced Machines, Log House Foods, Navarre Hardware, Dominium Inc., and R.S. Eden. Norm lived in Mound, Minn. for many years. On May 25, 1996, he married Linda Lee Sexton in Rockford, Minn. The couple moved to Rochester in 2002. Linda works at Mahn Family Funeral Home Rochester Chapel. He was a member of the Wm. T. McCoy Post #92 of the American Legion. Norm was a kind, caring, and strong willed person, who helped many people over the years, with his vast knowledge of all things. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on cars, woodworking, and especially enjoyed the Lockheed 659 Constellation Connie aircraft, which he flew in, and worked on, while in the Navy. Norm put others needs before his own his whole life, and he would not have it any other way. This is the way he wanted it. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, and friend.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Stephanie (Jason) Smith of Robbinsdale, Minn.; and Samantha (James) Pachyak of Corcoran, Minn.; step-daughter, Christine (Jon) Larson of Hastings, Minn.; step-son Eric Parkhurst of Bermuda Dunes; granddaughters, Kelsey Hemerick, Hazel and Madeline Pachyak, and Kali and Abigail Peterson; grandsons, Jakob Hemerick, Benjamin Smith, Brandon Henning, and Tyler Clough; his sister, Lois Thedens of St. Cloud, Minn.; brothers, Wayne (Ginny) of Zimmerman, Minn.; and Loren (Carol) of Watertown; brother-in-law, Don Polly of Zimmerman; and daughter-in-law Kerry (Scott) Clough of South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Stephen, his sister Juanita Polly, his son-in-law Daniel M. Peterson, his brother-in-law Pat Thedens, and his sister-in-law Jan Hemerick.
The memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2703 9th Ave. NW, with Rev. Steven R. Schauder officiating. Friends may call from 4 – 7 p.m. Friday at Mahn Family Funeral Home Rochester Chapel, 1624 37th Street NW, and one hour before the service at the church. A reception will be held following the memorial service. Spring interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Friends may share a memory at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.