Born in Oswego, NY, he was a son of the late Marvin and Signe (Johanson) Champion. After graduating from high school, he worked at Ames Iron Works in Oswego.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served overseas in Okinawa as a surgical technician. Following the war he returned home to Oswego and applied to pharmacy school and was accepted to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He graduated in 1951 and worked as a pharmacist in the St. Louis area for the next 41 years, retiring in 1991.
He would return home to Oswego every summer and meet with his baseball buddies and his family.
Norm was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mary H. Champion; and three brothers, Charles, Francis and Nels all of Oswego.
He is survived by his sons, Michael (Cathy) Champion, Thomas (Joan) Champion, Timothy (Debbie) Champion, Patrick (Jeanne) Champion and two daughters, Kathleen Cervantes and Anne (Timothy) Simora, all of the St. Louis area; 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; four sisters, Betty Farrar of Baldwinsville, Philena Robarge of New Haven, Greta Noyes of Scriba, Jeannette France of Fulton; one brother, Neal Champion of Scriba; and many friends.
Funeral services were held Nov. 6, 2007 from Kutis Affton Chapel and St. Andrew's Catholic Church, where a Mass celebrated Norman's life.
Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
He will truly be missed by all.
Published: Thursday, November 8, 2007 4:29 AM CST