ST. JOSEPH – Norman B. Duitsman, 74, of St. Joseph died at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2012) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
He was born May 6, 1938, in Champaign, a son of Herman and Bertha (Johnson) Duitsman. He married Eileen Martin on Aug. 31, 1958. She survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Daniel (Theresa) Duitsman of St. Joseph and Paul (Lisa) Duitsman, also of St. Joseph. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Travis Duitsman, Heather Reginelli, Brody Duitsman, Vaughn Duitsman and Brittany Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Yvonne Offenstein.
Norman lived on his parents' farm most of his life and actively farmed with his sons until 2001. He was employed by Shaff Implement Co., and Shaff Machinery. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1956 with many athletic achievements. He attended and graduated from Illinois Commercial College.
Norman was a member of the United States Army Reserve and served in the Reserve Program for six years after release from active duty in 1957.
He was appointed to the Agco-White-New Idea National Dealer Panel and served a two-year term representing Illinois and Iowa.
He was a member of the Royal American Legion Post 996 and served as commander for two years.
Norman was a Charter Member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and an active member. He took great pride in his Christian faith, family and business. They were his life.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 802 E. Douglas, St. Joseph, with Pastor Seth Jersild officiating. Burial will be at Kopmann Cemetery, Royal. Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Fund or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.