Gary Norris

“I wasn’t, I was, I’m not, I don’t care” – Epicurus

“The path to joy is knowing who you are and living it. It requires befriending yourself. -Henry David Thoreau

NEW GLARUS, Wis. – Gary Allen Norris, 68, of New Glarus, died suddenly Thursday, April 7, 2022 at his home. He was born on November 26, 1953 in Columbus, OH, the son of Glenn and Lola (Long) Norris. Gary graduated from Brookhaven High School in Columbus. Gary met Laura Westenkirchener at OSU; they married and raised three exceptionally kind and intelligent children together. Gary worked at Kreiber Color Graphics in Columbus. In Chicago Gary worked for Nobart Industries and in Miami he was at Penta Graphics. In 1995 Gary started working for Widen Enterprises in Madison as a visionary chief technology officer. He spent 26 years shaping the company into a successful software organization. Later in his career, he held a senior advisory position and retired in 2021.

Gary met Loretta Wilson in 1996; they married on March 20, 2006 at the UW-Arboretum in Madison. In 2013, Gary and Loretta moved to their forever home in the New Glarus area to enjoy life in the small town and the countryside. In his spare time, Gary enjoyed creating new games with Siona, biking, hiking, bird watching, helping others and hugging his cat. Gary was a voracious reader and shared his knowledge of complex subjects with those around him.

Gary is survived by his wife Loretta, his children Chris (Esther Cepeda) Norris, Laurel (Benedikt Reidel) Norris and Mark (Emily Wirkus) Norris and his granddaughter Siona. He is also survived
by brother Keith Norris (Connie Larkin) and sister Kim (Alan Day) Norris. His parents predeceased him.

At Gary’s request, no formal service will be held.

To honor Gary, consider taking a hike or bike ride, lending a helping hand to someone in need, adopting a furry friend, planting a tree, or donating to https: //
or the UW Arboretum.

Zentner-Beal Funeral Home in New Glarus is assisting the family.

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