Longmont, CO — Norman Eugene Wettlaufer, 77, of Longmont, CO, died at his home on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 surrounded by his loving family members after he had bravely battled cancer.
No public services are planned at this time.
Memorials may be made to LIVESTRONG.
Howe Mortuary and Crematory of Longmont, CO is in charge of the arrangements.
Norman was born to Kenneth and Margaret Wettlaufer in Page, Nebraska on Aug. 30th, 1943.
Norman was known to be an artistic and active child. As a youth Norman played baseball and dreamed of one day flying airplanes.
As a young man, Norman’s talents in art lead him to receive a scholarship for an art school in New York. However, Norman’s dreams of the skies overrode this scholarship opportunity, and soon Norman would be serving as an air traffic controller with the U.S. Air Force.
It was while stationed in England, Norman met his future wife. In 1966 he married Sylvia Frailey, and after several moves the couple made a home in Longmont, CO.
After his time serving in the Air Force, Norman took these skills and landed a job as an air traffic controller for Centennial Airport in Denver, CO where he worked for 39 ½ years.
After the Air Force, he was able to have his flying dream realized when he got his pilot's license and enjoyed his time flying a personal plane.
In 1967, Norman and Sylvia began their family with the birth of their first child Kirk. In 1971, they welcomed their daughter Chantey and in 1972 they welcomed Natasha and then they had their youngest daughter Liana in 1974.
Norman worked hard to provide for his four children and his wife. He provided a beautiful home on Northwestern Drive that became a hub for his children’s friends. Over the years this house was filled with children at birthday parties, playdates and sleepovers. It became apparent to the kids in the neighborhood that they were always welcome and it was well known that they had the best toys and the best breakfast cereal choices. The Wettlaufer house became a home away from home for many children.
In 1981, Norman and Sylvia divorced, but remained good friends.
Ten years later, In 1991, Norman remarried Toni Hanlon. The couple joined their families, and spent many happy years together. They loved to go out dancing and loved spending time in Estes Park.
As Norman’s children grew, they had their own children and grandchildren and Norman’s house along with his wife Toni (who sadly passed away in 2017), continued to be the hub for the family. If a friend would pop by, they would often see Norman’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with Norman’s four legged furry children.
Norman was the kind of father that was always there, no matter what. He continued to provide for his family in multiple ways, whether it be financial or emotional, and his house was always open.
After retiring from Centennial, Norman kept busy working for the Longmont Ditch Company.
He liked to keep busy and also enjoyed leisure activities like dancing, watching movies with the family, eating out and also enjoyed time in the garden. He also knew, as most men do, that Duct tape could fix about anything. And if it didn’t he would always find a way.
He also loved decorating the house for holidays, especially Christmas. This became a time for family to come together to help him with the decorations. Norman’s great sense of humor and silly antics made spending time with him even more special.
At home, Norman would be seen checking the newspaper daily for the weather and of course, reading the obituaries. Each day he would check to make sure his name wasn’t there. He read about other’s legacies. And now, we get to look back at the legacy he had. The lives he touched, the people he helped and the family he created that will continue on because of him.
We mourn his loss, but celebrate the fruitful life he had and his impact on others.
Norma is survived by his four siblings Randy (Kristen), Greg (Sue), Danny (Lena) and Bruce (Kay); his four children Kirk Pierce, Chantey Young, Natasha Loper (Ron Johnson), Liana Parisi; one stepdaughter Joni Gruner (Chris); one stepson Chris Ensley (Judy); his grandchildren and great grandchildren Dusty Wettlaufer (Maverick), Cody Creviston (Cody, Jaiden, Evan), Anisha Drake (Landon), Justin Wettlaufer, Jaymie Johnson, Amber Loper, Austin Lombardi, India Alpine, Marissa Gruner, Rebecca Gruner, Gene Ensley and Gabe Ensley.
Online condolences may be left for the family at howemortuary.com.