As the number of people viewing this site grows, there may be many people who have not had the privilege of meeting Norm Juliot so this is an attempt to pack 88 years of a wonderful life into a few paragraphs.
Norm was born in Lake City, MN and stayed there through 9th grade. He grew up with his dad , mom, 3 brothers, and one sister. Moving from the city where his dad worked in the flour mill to a farm across the lake near Pepin, WI gave him the opportunity to meet the love of his life, Bonnie, at an early age and marry her 67 years ago. She has remained the love of his life everyday for all 67 years. Three children were born from that forever love relationship: Kevin, Kari, and Kent.
After about 1 year of marriage, Norm was drafted during the Korean War and served stateside at Ft. Bragg. Completing his service with duties ranging from MP to Chaplin's Assistant, Bonnie and Norm headed back home and he completed his teaching degree in Science with a minor in History. His first teaching job was in Chippewa Falls, WI. After this, the family of 5 moved to New Hope, MN in 1965 where Norm worked the rest of his career in School District 281. Starting out teaching biology and history, he completed his Masters degree in Audio Visual in 1967 and fulfilled that roll at Robbinsdale and Armstrong Sr. High Schools. He retired 26 years ago.
More important than anything listed above is his love for the Lord Jesus Christ and being a committed Christian most of his life. He and Bonnie have always been active in their church no matter where they lived. They have been part of New Hope Church for more than 40 years. Norm has served in multiple ways from running the audio visual support, to church camp maintenance, to leading Bible Studies. This church (the people, not the building) has had a profound influence on Norm and Bonnie and they have had hundreds of friendships built there that will last an eternity.
Norm has always placed a high importance on work and was constantly busy with working long hours at school, to fixing all things on the house or cars (his own and others). Since retiring, he has worked one day a week on a volunteer basis for over 20 years at a thrift store called "Bibles for Missions." This continued until just a few weeks ago. He really lived out Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men," (NASB). His three kids have followed that model and ironically chosen professions that reflect parts of Norm. Kevin is a "chip off the old block" and has worked in audio visual repair, installation, and installation design roles his whole career. Kari has worked in insurance industry which reflects Norm's fiscal conservation and always making sure he and the family were properly insured. Kent's has been in the food industry and Norm shows his passion for food at every family gathering. Being slender in build, the usual comment was "how does he eat so much, he must have hollow legs!"
Thanks so much for reading these blogs and doing the least and most you can do which is praying for comfort for Norm as he awaits meeting his savior Jesus Christ face to face and for his family as we are honored and saddened to serve him in his last days.