Ketchum lost one of its favorite native sons with the passing of Norm Housel. Norm was a true native, being able to say he was the last one born in the Sun Valley Lodge when it acted as the valley’s hospital. He grew up loving to fish and hunt, and was above all a gym rat at Wood River High School. He was known for his ability and passion for spotting big game. Even when he didn’t pull a tag he would share with a few exactly where the big ones were in any hunting unit around the valley. After he told you where they were and you tagged one, he would then with a “Hey Norm, I need some help” come and help you drag it out.
His passions in adult life were playing softball (where most of us met him first) and watching his favorite sports teams in action—the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers. Some of his fondest memories were going to St. Louis for a World Series game, to Lambeau field for a Packer playoff game and to Newport Beach for fishing, and going to Blackie’s to hold court as a visiting Ketchum dignitary.
So many of us can say he touched our lives, and he only had friends. Join us for a celebration of his life and one last “Hey Normey” at Grumpy’s on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. It’s a potluck, refreshments are hosted. Please dress in Cardinal red or Packer green.
Norm is survived by his brother, John C. Housel, and his sisters, Ruth Ann Craig and Helen Jo Mitchell.