June 7, 1944 - March 2, 2014
Norm Reuther, long time Alpine County resident, passed away on March 2, 2014. He was 69. Norm was born June 7, 1944 to Charles and Elaine Reuther in Battle Creek, Michigan. The middle brother of two sisters, the family spent only a few years in Michigan before their father retired from the Army and moved back out west. They finally settled on a small ranch near Santa Cruz, California to raise their family. Norm graduated Santa Cruz high school in 1962 and began a four year stint in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He worked on the F 106 Delta Dart and was stationed at George Air Force Base near Victorville, California. After the Air Force, Norm came back home to work on his college degree in Criminal Justice. Ever the outdoorsman, Norm applied for and was hired by the California Department of Fish and Game as a Warden in 1971. He completed his college degree from San Jose State University in 1973 while serving as a warden in the Riverside area. In 1975 Norm was transferred to Alpine County as the Game Warden for a vast area of the eastern Sierra. Affectionately referred to as “Stormin’ Norman” by locals, he was the antithesis of his nickname. He had a quiet manner though he would engage you in conversation for hours. He had a reputation for not playing favorites, if you deserved the ticket you got it, but was always considered a fair and honest man. Many of the local deputies fondly recall serving with Norm as a law enforcement officer. After his retirement in 2000, he continued to live in Markleeville where he enjoyed numerous hobbies. He loved horses and the mountains, getting out into the backcountry of Alpine County whenever possible. He was also fond of flying and around 1988 achieved his private pilot’s license. Norm always seemed to be engaged in a new hobby, from learning the computer, practicing music, and four-wheeling. But his favorite pastime was visiting. Norm could spend an afternoon on the corner in Markleeville chatting with locals or take a drive through the Alpine County stopping to see friends. He always an item he picked up to give away to a neighbor, a little thing he thought they might like. He really added a dash of local color to northern Alpine County and his presence will be sorely missed.
Norm is survived by his sister Karen of San Francisco, California. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family asks donations be made in Norm’s name to the California Wildlife Officer’s Foundation, a non-profit foundation that supports California Wildlife Officers in need. Donations can be made at their website at http://www.calwof.org/online or by mail at:
California Wildlife Officers Foundation
Attn: Amanda Warner
480 Lytton Ave # 4
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Memorial services are scheduled for 2 pm, March 29 at Turtle Rock Park, near Markleeville, CA.