Norris Storlie
Norris Storlie

Norris Arlen Storlie, 85, of rural Harmony, died on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis.

He was born on July 13, 1932, in Spring Grove to Alice (Halvorson) and Nelius Storlie.

After attending country school he graduated from Spring Grove High School.

He was united in marriage to Betty Darlene Stoskopf on Oct. 19, 1957. They celebrated 60 years of living together on the farm and were blessed with three children.

He was a lifelong farmer. He purchased his first farm from his uncle in 1956. In 1967, he joined his father-in-law in a farming partnership near Henrytown in Fillmore County. He milked cows, fed cattle and pigs and crop farmed. He was progressive in adopting contour and no-till crop production practices. 

He was an industrious man who worked to use the resources on the farm. In his early years, he harvested trees on the land to build farm buildings and in his later years, he tore down buildings piece-by-piece to reclaim the wood.

He was a member of Harmony Greenfield Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway. He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. He portrayed the character Ola from the cartoon "Ola and Per” and participated in a research project to study the "old" Norwegian dialects.

He participated in experimental research for multiple myeloma so others could gain knowledge to help future generations. He enjoyed polka dancing and baking cookies and lefse.

He is survived by his children, Bonnie (Vance) Haugen of Canton, Mark (Juliet) Storlie of Postville, Iowa, and Cherise (Øyvind) Kristoffersen of Stjørdal, Norway; six grandchildren, Inga, Olaf (Corinne) and Thor (Sarah) Haugen and Saundra, Niclas and Sarah Kristoffersen; five great-grandchildren, Norris, Sully, Leyland, Aurora and Minnie; two brothers, David (Marge) Storlie and Richard (Betty) Storlie, both of Spring Grove and one brother-in-law, Robert (Dorothy) Stoskopf of Mabel.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Leland.

Funeral services for him were held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Burial followed in Greenfield Cemetery in Harmony.

Lindstrom Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.