Norman G. Rambow

Norman G. Rambow, 86, of Slinger and formerly of Juneau, died on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006 at St. Josephís Hospital in West Bend.

Norman was born Feb. 22, 1920 in the town of Hustisford, the son of the late Edward and Martha (nee Haack) Rambow. He was united in marriage to Imelda "Mutzie" LaBuwi on July 3, 1957 in Milwaukee.

Norm had a God-given talent for art and started sketching at age 4 and continued until age 12, when he had an art correspondence course from the Minneapolis Art Institute to add to his talents. After graduating from Hartford High School, Norm did illustrations for the Hartford Times Press.

When he realized that he couldnít make a lifetime living doing only this, he joined the Krueger Studio in Hartford, taking an apprenticeship in photography. His work was interrupted by WWII and he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

Having served basic training, Norm was assigned to the Army Signal Corp School for communication drafting. After completing his schooling, Norm was transferred to the Army XIV Corps, an administrative corp located in Fort Worth, Texas. He was assigned to the Signal Corp Office as a communication draftsman.

He served three years in the Solamon Islands, Phillipines, and in Japan after the surrender. During those three years, Norm rose from the rank of private to technical master sergeant.

He received four battle starts for the XIV Corp being involved in four campaigns.

He was awarded the Bronze Star for ingenuity in repoducing an order and plans by diagrams and drawing and for his persistent efforts above and beyond the call of duty.

After the war, Norm rejoined Krueger Studio as an assistant photographer. He then wished to have his own studio and, after two years, started his own business in Juneau in 1948.

He was later joined by his wife, who assisted him for the remaining 40 years, until their retirement.

Upon his retirement from photography, Norm worked at Wal-Mart in Beaver Dam where he was known as the "friendly dapper" greeter for over 19 years.

Norm was a member of St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church in Juneau and the Juneau American Legion Post #15.

Survivors include his nephews, Sylvan Weber of Hartford and Lee (Yvonne) Weber of Ashippun; a great-nephew, Dan (Mary) Weber, of Hartford; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1994; and his sister, Vanessa Uecker.

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006 at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church and was followed by the funeral service, with Rev. Paul Hirsch officating.

Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hartford on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006, with military graveside services conducted by Juneau American Legion Post #15.

Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam assisted the family.