Norstrom, Dale E., YNC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
YN-2514-Flag Officer Writer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1956-1991, Naval Reserve Forces Command
Service Years
1950 - 1991
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Cold War
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South Dakota
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Home Town
Sioux Falls
Last Address
Morningside Manor
Alcester, SD

Date of Passing
Jun 27, 2014
Location of Interment
Woodlawn Cemetery - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Navy Chief Initiated

Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran Global War on Terrorism Civilian Support Medal

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Dale Elton Norstrom, born June 9, 1931, 83 years 18 days old, passed on at Morningside Manor in Alcester, SD on June 27, 2014. 

Dale was the second of three children born in Sioux Falls, SD to Fernace “Dick” and Rosalie (Mundt) Norstrom. 

He graduated from Washington High School in 1950 and enlisted in the US Navy where he completed basic training at Great Lakes, IL. In the service, Dale served on eight ships including the CVE 115 Bairoko during the Korean Conflict. After returning, he joined the Naval Reserve in Sioux Falls. He also served as the Post Commander of the Sioux Falls American Legion from 1970-71. He then retired from the military in 1991 after 41 years of service having earned numerous honors including: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal/2 hour glasses, Korean Service Medal/1 star, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy Achievement Medal. 

United in marriage to Phyllis Brooks in April 9, 1955. They built their home and family together initially in Sioux Falls, SD and then in Harrisburg, SD where he had lived for over 35 years. 

Dale retired from Northern States Power (NSP/Xcel) after 35 years of service and was always extremely active in his community with special focus in Military and Veterans affairs. Among other groups and organizations he was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. Additionally he was a member of the Military Order of the Cooties, 40 & 8, Tristate Navy Chiefs, the Board of Directors for the Battleship Memorial Foundation, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Go Getters Club and the VFW and American Legion Honor Guards as well as being involved with the CVE 115 Bairoko Association, the National Kidney Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Historical Society of Hartford, the Indian Guides and Gray Y programs of the YMCA and a Junior Achievement Advisor. Dale was recognized with numerous awards including Legionnaire of the Year (1964, 1991), Naval Reservist of the Year (1965), Citizen of the Year (1980), Veteran of the Year (1991, 2006), Golden Rule Award Nominee (1996) and Senior of the Month (1997). He was also a long time member of the First Congregational Church of Sioux Falls. 

Dale is survived by his brother Don (Dette) Norstrom, Sun City, AZ and five children, Barb Norstrom, Omaha, Dianne Hudson, Sioux Falls, Karen (Marvin) Fiegen, Dell Rapids, Dan Norstrom, Omaha, Tom (Sara) Norstrom, Harrisburg. Grandchildren Jonathon (Krista) Hudson, Wahiawa, HI, Jessica Madison, Sioux Falls, Brian Madison, Sioux Falls, Mallory Norstrom, Harrisburg. Great grandchildren Aubrey Madison, Sioux Falls, Elizabeth and Abigail Hudson, Wahiawa, HI with another on the way in December. Three step grandchildren Melissa Fiegen, Sioux Falls, Paul Fiegen, Sioux Falls, Kari (Josh) Gill, Sioux Falls with one step great grandchild on the way in July. Nieces Kim (Matthew) Stanton-Hartigan, Chicago IL, Jill Stanton, Seattle, WA, Ilene Norstrom, Peoria, AZ, and Debbie Buchanan, Madisonville, KY. Dale also has numerous cousins and friends all of which love, honor and cherish him dearly. His Father, Mother, sister Jeannine Stanton and nephew David Stanton preceded him in death. 

The family is eternally grateful for the loving care and support provided by the many staff members, associates, and volunteers at Morningside Manor and Asera Care Hospice. 

Dale’s funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the First Congregational Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm Monday with the family present from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family wishes for donations to be made in Dale’s Memory to one of these organizations: Children’s Home Society of South Dakota, American Legion Post #15 Honor Guard of Sioux Falls, the U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship Memorial Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association. 


Tuesday July 1, 2014, 1:30 - pm at First Congregational Church 

Other Comments:
Don't Cry For Me Today

Don't cry for me today,
I wonldn't want it this way.
Be Strong and smile,
for you will see me in a while.
I know you miss me.
but now in Heaven I will be.
Do not keep your sad face,
I am in a much better place.
Do not let your tears fall,
for I cannot wipe them all.
Yes, my life wasn't long.
But I'm begging you to be strong.
Live every moment as if it were your last,
I won't forget any memories that have passed.
Cherish life an love as I watch you from above.
As I remember all of the good things,
I come to see I have gotten my wings.
It is time to go and fly,
as your guardian angel I will try,
Don't cry for me today,
I'm on my way
Soaring through the sky
I watch all of you telling me goodbye.

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Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Faculty Staff)USS Bairoko (CVE-115)Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1950-1950, Afloat Training Group (Faculty Staff) NTC Great Lakes, IL
  1952-1953, USS Bairoko (CVE-115)
  1956-1991, Naval Reserve Forces Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Military Association Memberships
USS South Dakota (BB-57) AssociationTri-State Navy Chiefs Association  TSCPOAPost 15Post 628, John M. Bliss Post
Voiture 129
  1980, USS South Dakota (BB-57) Association - Assoc. Page
  1988, Tri-State Navy Chiefs Association TSCPOA [Verified]2 - Assoc. Page
  1988, American Legion, Post 15 (Secretary/Treasurer) (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1988, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 628, John M. Bliss Post (Executive Secretary) (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) - Chap. Page
  1988, Forty & Eight, Voiture 129 (Sr. Vice Commander) (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) [Verified] - Chap. Page
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