01/05/2018 - Mac Harry Norman
Memorial services for Mac Harry Norman, age 67, of Bridgeport, NE will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bridgeport, NE with Reverend Jonathan Berosek officiating. Military Honors will be given by the United States Marine Corp Honor Guard and the Bridgeport Honor Guard.
At his request, cremation has taken place. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Chimney Rock Cemetery near Bayard, NE.
A memorial has been established for the establishment of an aviation scholarship.
Mac passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the Morrill County Community Hospital in Bridgeport, NE.
Mac was born on September 5, 1950 at Crawford, NE to Jacque and JoAnne (McWilliams) Norman. He was raised on a ranch just south of Whitney, NE and attended high school in Crawford. While in high school, Mac participated in football and wrestling. He became a state champion wrestler for Crawford and went on to attend Chadron State College, where he became a Regional Champion. While Mac loved athletics, his real passion has always been flying. Mac basically taught himself to fly off a grass strip in a J-3 Cub. He bought the J-3 at a farm sale and flew it home from the sale. He made it!
In 1972, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he attended both The Basic School and Officer Candidate School. After completion of these schools, he moved to Basic Jets in Pensacola, FL and then advanced training in Meridian, MS. While in Mississippi, Mac came home and married Linda Nerud on September 1, 1973 in Bridgeport.
With Linda in tow, he completed training in Meridian and moved to Yuma, AZ for the final step in his dream of military flying. He was awarded the F-4 Phantom fighter. Mac loved the fighters, the carrier landings, and the rush of the dogfight. He was selected to fight against the Top Gun.
Mac and Linda returned home after six years to become a part of the ranching community. Mac worked on the Nerud family ranch for eight years and then decided to return to flying. He became a pilot for American Airlines and was there for 25 years, flying a DC-10, MD80, 757, and 767.
Along the way, Gage Thomas arrived on May 10, 1976 and Grady Blue on March 11, 1981 to make the family complete. Mac was a talker and a visitor. He really never knew a stranger. He valued people and loved to be around them. Mac taught his boys to stay true to their word and to work hard. He taught them to fly and play guitar and could not really understand the need Linda had to teach them to ride. Mac was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed by his family.
Mac is survived by wife of 44 years Linda Norman; sons Gage Norman and Grady (Brittany) Norman; grandchildren RyAnne, Scarlett, Ryker, Alba, and Griff; brother-in-law Frank (Lori) Nerud and their daughter Rachel; sister-in-law Myla (Kevin) Bornhoft; sister-in-law Becky Nerud; mother JoAnne Norman; sister Muffy Gregg; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mac was preceded in death by father Jacque Norman, nephew Dylan Nerud, brother-in-law Dale Nerud, and in-laws Tom and Betty Nerud.
Bridgeport Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements for Mac Harry Norman.
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