Norman Hendershot 1932-2023


Norman Hendershot, age 90, passed away at Methodist Hospital on Jan. 16, 2023, with family by his side.

Norman was born on May 14, 1932, to Claude and Grace (Baker) Hendershot in Hewitt township, Minn. He attended school in Bertha, Minn.

Norman joined and served his country from 1949 to 1953 in the US Navy. He was in Korea for 13 months on the USS Oriskany ship during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

Norman married the love of his life, Helen (Taylor) in 1963. They stayed in various places but settled down in rural Ellsworth, Wis. for 27 years. In 1990 they moved to Rochester, Minn. where he spent the rest of his life. Norman had a daughter from a previous marriage and to they had two sons.

Norman worked on many construction sites as a crane operator for local union #49. He worked in North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado on the Minute Man Missile Program and later mainly on power house jobs and Koch Oil Refinery. He was also a 60-year member in the I.U.O.E 49. He proudly received his 60-year pin in December 2022. He was a member of the American Legion Post 92 in Rochester, Minn. and a member of the Forest Lake, Minn. Masonic Lodge No. 344.

Norman enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include: his wife, Helen; three children, Charlene (Doug) Deans of Whitackers, NC, Ronnie (Dawn) Hendershot of Ellsworth, Wis., and Roger (Stacy) Hendershot of Northfield, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Salter, Shawn (Laurie) Deans, Brandy (Jon) Scott, Savannah Hendershot, Draven Hendershot, Levi Hendershot, and Keely Hendershot; seven great grandchildren, Cody and Hunter Salter, Ryley, Devonn and Ethan Scott, and Cassidy and Tristan Deans, and a brother Raymond (Ann) Hendershot. Norman was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Cleo, Darwin, Lloyd, Kenny and Richard. Norman unselfishly donated his body to the Mayo Clinic. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.