Norman Svensen was born August 27, 1923, to Nils and Helen Svensen (Halse), in Cando, N.D. He married Barbara Randolph, in the First Presbyterian Church in Medford, Ore., on August 29, 1947. Together they had three children; daughters, Karen Cramer, of Corvallis, Ore., Marsha Bryant, of Beaverton, Ore., and son, Kenneth Svensen, of Kallangur, Australia.
Norman was a member of several organizations, including Ashland Lodge #23 A.F.A.M. Hillah Temple, I.B.E.W #659, Past Royal Patron of Order of Amaranth, Order of Eastern Star, Roxy Ann court Past Patron, Order of Amaranth, B.P.O.E #944, 32 Scottish Rite Mason, Past Master of Warren Lodge in Jacksonville, Ore., and was a member of the Lutheran Church in North Dakota.
In 1942, Norman joined the Navy, and served during World War II, and again in Korea, with the rank of boatswains mate. After leaving the military, he went to work for Pacific Power and Light, becoming a lineman foreman. He retired after 40 years and spent time enjoying his favorite hobbies. Norman enjoyed hunting, woodworking, traveling and amateur radio. K7JQO was his call sign.
Norman is survived by his wife; three children; two brothers, Charles Svensen, of Philomath, Ore.; and Gilbert Svensen, of Jacksonville, Ore.; one sister, Alice Balazs, of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren in Australia; numerous nieces and nephews; and several cousins in Norway.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Alfred Anderson, and Pete and Oscar Svensen.