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Oliver Wesley Norton, Jr.

Oliver Wesley Norton, Jr.
  • October 11, 1941 - December 11, 2017
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • American Heart Association
    3816 Paysphere Circle
    Chicago, IL 60674

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Oliver "Wesley" Norton, Jr., 76, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Monday, December 11, 2017.

Wesley was born October 11, 1941 in Battle Creek to Oliver W. and Anne E. (Ivey) Norton, Sr. He grew up in Battle Creek, was a 1959 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Kellogg Community College. After honorably serving his country, Wesley retired in 1980 from US Navy, where he was in the Navy Military Police. He was employed from 1980 to 1985 at the Kalamazoo Post Office and was formerly employed at the JW Wood Security Co. working security at Meijer's and II Stanley Co. Inc. In October 1991 he was employed with the City of Battle Creek Transit Dept.

Surviving are a daughter, Keri Anne (Kyle) Upchurch of Kenosha, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Alannah Upchurch, Braeyah Upchurch, Myah Upchurch; a sister, Janice Y. Norton of Battle Creek, an aunt, Bessie Ivey of Ceresco and several cousins and their families. Wesley was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Diane Elaine Norton and his wife, the former, Denise Absher.

Wesley was a member of Union Local #1251. He was an avid Bingo player and enjoyed reading. He will be remembered as a beloved brother & friend.

Committal services with full military honors will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018. A luncheon will be held at 1st United Methodist Church immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions in memory of Wesley may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at

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