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Norman H. Tollenaar - 81

9/6/1938 - 4/3/2020

Fulton, IL

Norman H. Tollenaar age 81 of Fulton, IL, passed away Friday April 3, 2020 at The Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton.  According to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.  The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Online condolences may be left at


     Norm was born on Sept. 6, 1938 in Clinton, the son of Harold and Norma (Fife) Tollenaar.  He graduated from Clinton High School in 1956.  He served in the US Navy, where he was a nuclear weapons specialist.  After leaving the Navy, he returned to Clinton serving as a police officer for seven years. He married Joyce Balk on Dec. 19, 1959 in Fulton, IL for 49 years, she died in 2009.  Norm worked as a Lab Technician for Clinton Corn, ADM, for 33 years.  On his days off, he spent his time fishing.


     Norm is survived by his daughter, Cindy (Doug) Sanders of Iowa City; his son, David (Diane) Tollenaar of Clinton; three grandchildren, Delaney, Sara, and Shea; his three sisters,  Karen (Dick) Miller, Bonnie (Harv) Evers, and Susan (Tim) Sung; his soulmate, Judy Price of Wheatland; and his “Fall Trip Boys”, Bruce McAlpine, Tom Mulholland, Dick Miller, Steve Miller, John Mulholland, and Don Obermiller.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Joyce. 





None. According to his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.


  • Teresa Coon

    on 04/03/20

    The world has lost a great man. I was very blessed to have known Norm and care for him. I was even more blessed to have him care for me. It didn't matter what we were taking about be it his fishing trips, Judy, or my kids we had a connection from day one and could talk for hours if we had been allowed. Norm is a man who will live forever in the hearts that he touched. 

  • Irma Bland

    on 04/04/20

    My prayers and deepest sympathy to Norm's family.  


  • Dawn Eickert

    on 04/04/20

    I have lots of fond memories of Norm up North.  He was a great person and will be truly missed.  So sorry for your loss Dave and Cindy.  

  • Larry and Liz Howe

    on 04/05/20

    Norm was a fishing icon on Big Winnie and Cutfoot Sioux lakes.  If a fisherman needed information on bait, presentation, or general—not always specific—location, Norm was the person at Bowen’s Lodge campground to see.  He knew where the fish were, what they were biting on, and the presentation to use.  He just could not understand why David chased those darn northern pike and bass when the crappies and walleyes were biting!  Liz and I want to wish both Cindy and David and their respective families the best as they endure this difficult time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Larry and Liz Howe

  • Don Obermiller

    on 04/08/20

    Dave and Cindy , so sorry for your loss !  Our trips up north were special to me ,  Norm taught me to Lindy Rig , he was best teacher I could have had ! Our summer trips and our fall trips , will always be fond memories ! I guess at the end , that’s all we have , fond memories of our loved ones ! May the memories of your dad , carry you through these difficult times . Love  Don 

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