Norman Woodrow Lawrence of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. James, MO on July 14, 2012, having reached the age of ninety years, four months and sixteen days. Norman was born in Leslie, MO on February 28, 1922, son of Alexander Lawrence and Ollie c. Lawrence nee Armistead. On June 27, 1946, he was united in marriage to Mildred Ella Brown and three daughters came to bless this union.
Norman is survived by two daughters, Linda Sachs of St. Clair, MO and Debra Lawrence of Washington, MO; by eight grandchildren, Julie Binsbacher and husband, Bill, of Union, MO, Jodie Hoeft and husband, Doug, of Beaufort, MO, John Sachs and girlfriend, Danielle Smith, of St. Clair, John Sennott, IV and wife, Lisa, of St. Louis, MO, Mark Sennott and wife, Heather, of St. Louis, Shane Sennott and fiancée, Sheila, of Jefferson City, MO, Kellie Sennott of Jefferson City and Christie Sennott Winchester and husband, Dan, of Boulder, CO; by his former son-in-law, John Sennott, III of Jefferson City, by two brothers, Raymond and Herman Lawrence, both of Stanton, MO; by three great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Ollie Lawrence; by his wife, Mildred Lawrence; by his daughter, Marcia Sennott; by one brother, Cecil Lawrence; and by one sister, Alice Sarigiani.
Norman was a Christian, having been baptized at a young age. He was proud to have served his country during World War II in the United States Army, entering December 11, 1942 and receiving his honorable discharge on September 25, 1946. He received seven Bronze Battle Stars and a Purple Heart Medal during this enlistment. On September 26, 1945, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served as Sergeant until his discharge on January 30, 1947. He is a member of the National American Legion and member of the VFW Post 2482 of St. Clair. After his discharge he worked on the family dairy farm. In 1965 he was employed with Borg Warner in Sullivan, MO. After nine years with Borg-Warner, he was employed at Pacer Industries in Washington, MO for nineteen years. He then worked a short time at Siesco in Union, MO, retiring at the age of seventy-three. He was also a member and retiree of the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 41, District 9 of St. Louis, MO. When Norman wasn’t at work he was farming and especially enjoyed raising cattle and hay. In recent years he enjoyed watching the baseball Cardinals and playing bingo with his friends at the MO Veteran’s Home. Nothing meant more to Norman than his family and spending time with them gave him great joy.
A kind and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with the Rev. Chauncey Clay officiating. Interment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the MO Veteran’s Home of St. James Activity Department.