Norman “Norm” Jimison, age 79, of Glendive, Montana, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Prairie Community Hospital in Terry. A Life Tribute Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 8, 2013 in the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive with Celebrant Sandy Silha officiating. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Norm was born on November 5, 1933 in Glendive, the son of Rollie and Maude (Kent) Jimison. He was raised and educated in Glendive where he attended Dawson County High School playing on the football team. Following high school, Norm drove truck hauling produce to the surrounding communities where he met and later married Betty Lapp in July of 1953. As a couple they moved to Miles City, Montana where Norm was employed at an auto body shop, from there they moved to Terry and he sold cars for the Ford Dealership before moving to Glendive where he worked for the Railroad. Norm and Betty moved their family to Roundup, Montana where he sold cars for the Ford Dealership until landing a career with the Buffalo Rapids Irrigation Project where he remained for several years. In 1956, Jim and Betty moved to Fallon and Norm started to break horses, show horses and finally training cow cutting horses and competing in rodeos.
In the early 1970’s, Norm retired from the horse business and started selling livestock supplements for Standard Chemical out of Omaha, Nebraska until 1982 when he started his own operation drilling water wells and commercial gardening. Later Norm and Betty decided to start a meat processing business which they owned and operated until 1995 when health issues forced Norm to retire.
Norm enjoyed traveling the country on his motorcycle. He was a wonderful craftsman when it came to working with wood; he loved making violins, picture frames and hand carved pictures. He was an avid fisherman especially cat fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rollie and Maude Jimison; one brother, Wilbur (Bill) Jimison and one sister, Elsie Gebhardt.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jimison of Glendive; son, Mark (Laurie) Jimison of Gillette, Wyoming; daughter, Sheryl Jimison of Glendive; six grandchildren; one sister, Thelma (James) Romans of Bremerton, Washington and numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silvernale-silhafuneralhome.com.
Published February 6, 2013