Norman M. Landis 1932-2020

BOARDMAN — Norman M. Landis, 87, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Jan. 19, 2020.

He was born April 29, 1932, in Youngstown, the son of James and Rose Khourey Landis and was a lifelong area resident.

Norman attended East High School, and, prior to graduation, he was drafted. Norman later received his GED. He retired as a pipefitter from LTV Steel.

Norman was a proud United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean War and earned the rank of corporal. Norman served with honor and distinction and was awarded the following decorations for his service to our country: the Korean Service Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Merit Unit Citation. He received an Honorable Discharge on Oct. 27, 1954.

He was a member of Western Reserve Baptist Church.

Norman had many passions throughout this life; some of his greatest were taking his grandsons to Boardman Library, Barnes & Noble and teaching them how to bowl. He enjoyed going to breakfast with his nephews plus meeting his friends (George) at Plaza Donuts for coffee. He was an avid bowler at many “houses” in the Valley. His favorite bowling alley was Camelot Lanes, where he was involved in many men’s leagues and earned many trophies. Norman’s greatest passion was spending time with his family and he especially loved attending his grandsons sporting events and music functions. Wherever the boys were, you were sure to see their grandpa smiling, and you knew grandpa was right where he wanted to be. He was a wonderful family man and a great dad.

Norman leaves cherished memories to his two daughters, Sharyn (Bob) McKinney of Boardman and Karen (David) Potts of Long Meadow, Mass.; three grandchildren, Michael (Alexa) McKinney, Brian McKinney and Joseph McKinney; a sister-in-law, Marylou Landis; a brother-in-law, Ken Cherpak; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

His wife, the former Dolores “Dee” M. Cherpack and the love of his life, were married Aug. 10, 1957. She passed away July 7, 2016.

Besides his parents and wife, Norman was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Landis-Kuri, Elizabeth Zagorsky and his twin, Theresa Moore; and three brothers, Thomas Joseph and Anthony Landis.

Norman’s daughter would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care for the years they took care of their father. Ray and Roxanne were his main caregivers (there were many others) who showed love and compassion toward their dad. Norman loved them all. Also, Centers for Dialysis support during trying times. They would always take our calls — Pam, Charles, Barb and many others. Dr. Roy and Lauren, you’re the best!! We can’t name everyone who touched our dad’s lives and ours, but you know who you are and we want to say THANK YOU!!

There will be a funeral service held 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 at Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman, with Pastor Kyle Hoffsmith officiating, followed by military honors rendered by the great men of the Ellsworth VFW Post No. 9571.

Family and friends may pay their respects 2 to 2:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at the funeral home.

Burial will take place in Tod Homestead Cemetery, Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made in Norman’s name to the Eastern Regional Kidney Foundation, 4822 Market St., Suite 240, Boardman, OH 44512.

Family and friends may visit www.thompsonfh1932. com to view this obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences to Norman’s family.

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