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Jan 23, 1920 - March 4, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY James Henry Norick was born on January 23, 1920, in Oklahoma City to Henry & Ruth Norick. He passed away on March 4, 2015. Jim attended Oklahoma City schools, graduating from Classen High School, and the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, OK. He married Madalynne King in 1940. They had two children, Ronald J. and Vickie. Jim volunteered for the Navy and served three and a half years during World War II on the fleet tug Chowanoc. The Chowanoc was involved in the 1945 invasion forces of the Leyte Gulf, Lingayen Gulf. The Chowanoc was also part of the 7th Fleet operation off of the coast of Japan prior to Japan's surrender. Prior to shipping out overseas, Jim was stationed in Norman, OK, where he played clarinet in the Tex Beneke Orchestra, formerly the Glenn Miller Orchestra. After the war was over, he returned to work at Norick Brothers, a printing company specializing in automotive accounting systems. Jim was a City Councilman and two-term Mayor of Oklahoma City. He and Madalynne hosted 19 international students, living in their home anywhere from three months to three and a half years. He belonged to and actively participated in many civic organizations and was the recipient of numerous awards. Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, Henry & Ruth Norick; his wife of 68 years, Madalynne; and his three sisters, Frances Lilly, Dorothy Patton, and Marjorie Norick. He is survived by his son, Ronald James Norick and his wife Kandy; his daughter, Vickie Norick; five grandchildren, Allyson Norick, Lance Norick, Nicholas Koumaris and his wife Tasha, and Alex Koumaris and his wife Angie, and Kelly McLaughlin and his wife Jennifer; 10 great-grandchildren, Emily Frosaker; Caroline Waldron; Cecil, Everleigh, and Isla Koumaris; Maxwell Norick; Cherokee, Ray, Savannah, and Datin Robinson. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Viewing is Sunday, March 8 at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, 6600 Broadway Ext., OKC, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Services will be Monday, March 9 at 11 a.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 N.W. 15th Street, OKC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to India Shriner's Hospital Transportation Fund, 3601 NW 36th St, OKC 73112; or an Oklahoma .

Published in The Oklahoman from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2015
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