Norman Donn Harden, 79, of Battle Creek passed away Saturday, August 26, 2023.
Norm was born January 2, 1944 in Battle Creek to Donald Harden and Virginia Stanley.
Norm was a gentle soul. He made friends easily and treated everyone with respect and dignity. Norm had many interests – he enjoyed playing the stock market, was an avid Michigan State Spartan basketball fan and most weekends he could be found on a golf course. He was proud of his vintage art collection and the many antiques he collected over the years. His family recalls his fondness for old movies and television shows and, in particular, Crash Corrigan.
Norm attended Battle Creek Central High School and played a lot of baseball at Bailey Park. Following his graduation in 1962, Norm served his country in Ethiopia in Army Intelligence. He earned an Associates’ Degree in Business from Michigan State University and later worked for Kellogg Co., and as a sales representative for Ralston Purina in Rochester, NY. Norm returned to Battle Creek in 1995 and changed careers - he truly found his calling as he became an employment counselor, assisting disadvantaged populations obtain and retain employment.
Most of all he loved his family and his dogs. On September 2, 2005 he was united in marriage to Roberta “Bobbie” Sage. The two enjoyed spending many years with their children, grandchildren and extended family.
Norm is survived by his wife Bobbie Harden; children, Laura Winters, Greg Harden, Jeff Cartright and Erin Moynihan; grandchildren Keith, Tiffany, Mael and Indio; many great-grandchildren; sister Robin (Joe) McVeigh, brother Brian (Leslie) Harden; and special daughter Noel Seymour. He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Dohm, father Don Harden, brother Martin Harden and former wife Marcie Harden.
Interment with full military honors will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2023. A celebration of life will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Squirrel Hollow Golf Course. Personal messages for Norm’s family may be shared here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.