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Norman Chan, 85

Norman Chan, born in Forada, May 6, 1928 to Frank and Christine (Brezina) Chan, peacefully passed on surrounded by his loving family on April 9, 2014 at the age of 85.

Norm graduated from Alexandria High School in 1945.

He met his lifes true love, Kathleen Anderson, at a dance in her hometown of Brandon. They married in 1949.

Norm was a Navy Station Keeper at the Naval Air Station in Minneapolis, where he and Kathleen made their home. They had four children.

Norm retired from the Navy after 20 years of service and then was employed as a building manager at several Twin Cities locations until retiring from Comserv in Eagan.

Norm spent his retirement years appreciating life with Kathleen at their home in Apple Valley. Norm loved retirement. An award-winning wood carver, he delighted in yard work and spending summers at their place at Kamp Kappy on Devils Lake. He loved fishing, painting, fixing anything that was broken, playing with his devoted four legged friend, Sadie, and cards with his good friend, Dave. Most of all, he cherished time with his family. He was always known to us as "Papa."

He was a long time parishioner of Risen Savior Catholic Church, where he was involved in several ministries with his wife Kathleen.

Norm is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Mary (Steve) Plocher of Burnsville, Marcia (Wally) Pleiss of New Prague, Kathy OKeefe of Hastings, son, Mark Chan of San Diego; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His was a life well-lived.

Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday, April 16 at 11 a.m. at Church of the Risen Savior in Burnsville with a visitation one hour prior to Mass at church.

Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent at

Arrangements are with White Funeral Home, 14560 Pennock Ave., Apple Valley; (952) 432-2001.