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VIROQUA — Norman Dean Bousman, 77, died peacefully at the Bethel Home, Viroqua, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

“Stormin’ Norman” was a 22-year military veteran, having served both the Army and the National Guards. He was one of a select few to be activated in October 1961 to Fort Lewis, Wash., with the 32nd Infantry Division for the Berlin Crisis.

Norman was born April 6, 1940, in Viroqua, to George and Mona Bousman. After the Army, he worked with his dad at the Vernon County Highway Department, farmed for several years and then began his final career at The Genoa Power Plant/Burns Security, where he retired after 25 years. After retirement he remained busy by working for Loomis Armored, and as a crossing guard. Norman never knew a stranger and was loved by many. He loved to bake cookies and pies, often generously giving away what he made. An avid hunter, he always had a story to tell and a piece of venison sausage to share. Norman was a gifted dancer and his dance card was always full, especially by his beloved Bonnie. They were a delight to all who watched them dance a polka, waltz or two step.

He is survived by his children, Teresa (Mark) Helgeson, Stoddard, Carrie (Patrick) Dahlquist, Decorah, Iowa, and Nathan (Becca Elton) of Westby; his eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua with Pastor Julie Wollman officiating. Burial will take place in the Coon Prairie Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Online condolences may be left at

The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is proudly serving the family of Norman Bousman.

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