Norman John Standler, age 89, of Byron Center, MI entered his heavenly home on
May 11, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Standler was born in Detroit MI on September 23, 1932, the son of John and Catherine (Javor) Standler. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Ferndale, MI class of 1951. Norman served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war as an M.P. at Fort Knox, KY. After the war he entered the workforce as a tool & die maker and eventually retired from Western Electric/AT&T after 30 years of service. Norman’s lifelong passion of cycling earned him a spot on the team for the Tour De France. Within his lifetime of cycling, he has logged over 450,000 miles. He was once rated the #8 rider in the country as a member of the Wolverine Wheelman Detroit Racing Team. He later served as the logistics coordinator for the Michigan Make-a-Wish foundation cycling events for 8 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, trains, and a love of music. In his later years he served as a volunteer for building maintenance at Ada Bible Kentwood campus, earning him the title of Legacy Volunteer. Norman was selfless and giving and a strong follower of Jesus Christ. His humor and laughter will be greatly missed by all. On February 7, 1959, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Florence E. Busch.
Norman is survived by 3 children: David (Lorna) Standler of Webberville, MI., Nancy (Michael) Standler-Brown of Kentwood, MI and Lesley (Robert) Hiser of Byron Center, MI. Also surviving are his Grandchildren: Brandy Nelson, Mindy Morris, Lindsey Abrahamson, Kylie Westphal, Spencer Casson and Cheyenne Brown. He was a Great-Grandpa to 8 children, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence in 2016 after nearly 58 years of marriage, grandson Chase, brother & Sister-in-law Leonard and Elaine Standler, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation with family and friends will begin on Thursday May 19, 2022 at 10:00am at Ada Bible Kentwood Campus located at 2045 68th St. SE Caledonia, MI 49316. Memorial Service to begin at 11:00am with luncheon to follow. Pastor Dan Wright officiating along with Kent County Honor Guard.
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