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First Presbyterian Church
Saturday April 9th, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

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Celebration of Life

First Presbyterian Church
Saturday April 9th, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Dr. Norman Fredrick Tempel

Dr. Norman F. Tempel, age 86, of Willmar,  succumbed to Covid-19 on December 13, 2022, after surviving pancreatic cancer and numerous other ailments.


A Celebration of Norman’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the First Presbyterian Church in Willmar. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. followed by a light lunch and fellowship downstairs in the John Knox Hall.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First Presbyterian Church (One Great Hour of Sharing Fund) are preferred.  Arrangements are entrusted to Peterson Brothers Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com 


Norman Fredrick Tempel was born on December 6, 1935, in Kamrar, Iowa, the son of Oriole and Mildred (Mortenson) Tempel.  He grew up in Jewell, Iowa, graduated from Jewell High School in 1953 and Iowa State University in 1957.  After college, Norman worked as a Park Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service at numerous major National Parks.  On June 12, 1960, Norman was united in marriage to Dianne Joyce Rudoll.  He received his Masters and Doctorate degree’s in Counseling and Education at the University of Wyoming.  In the early 1960’s, he began working at the Willmar Community College as a Counselor and Vice President.  Since 1965, Norman worked many years at West Central Mental Health Center in Willmar (now known as Woodland Centers) where he retired at age 55.


In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Norman served as a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force and was the Emcee of the St. Paul Air Show for many years.  Norman was a philanthropist, biologist and naturalist.  He and Diane spent many summers at their Estes Park home in Colorado where they volunteered at the Rocky Mountain National Park.  He loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing in his younger years.  He enjoyed flying, golfing, photography, framing pictures, working on home projects, traveling, reading and being an author.  Norman was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Willmar Kiwanis Club.


He is survived by his loving wife, Dianne; his three children; Daniel (and Jacqueline) Tempel of Willmar, Cindy (and Michael) Paulson of Otsego and Scott (and Kara) Tempel of Lakeville, and seven grandchildren, Christopher Tempel, Patrick Tempel, Mathew Snell, Samantha Snell, Skylar Tempel, Anders Tempel and Josie Tempel, besides other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


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Dear Diane, we are so sorry for this loss. Norm fought off so many difficult challenges in his life. We will remember him and pray for strength and peace for you and your family. Take good care. Dona and John Cooper

Dona Cooper Apr 10 2022 12:06 PM

Dear Dianne, we were so sorry to learn about Norm’s passing. We will always remember our dinners and conversations with Norm. He was brilliant, kind, and challenging. We will miss him. Love, Dorris and Buddy West

Dorris West Apr 3 2022 12:07 PM

Dear Dianne, we learned of Norm's passing today. We are saddened to hear this. You and Norm are remembered fondly and missed by your friends here in Estes Park.
With Sympathy, Pat and Ellis Laitala

Pat Laitala Mar 27 2022 8:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Norman Tempel

Laura Mar 24 2022 10:08 AM

We were so sorry to hear of Norm's passing. We enjoyed our lunches together over the past few years. We will keep you all in our daily prayers.

Greg & Karen Van Zuilen Dec 18 2021 12:00 AM

Dan and familyWishing you our very best. Our prayers and condolences to you and know that your many cherished memories will be comforting as the days, weeks and years pass. Your Dad was always seen as the one who always had your best in mind, as well as us as your friends when we were around. Again, prayers for you and your family!!!

Dave and Kathy Tompt Dec 16 2021 12:00 AM

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