Torbet, Norman

Written by David Green.

Norman Lee Torbet, 70, of Lyons, Ohio, died Sept. 6, 2007, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 8, 1937, in Rock, Kan., to Oran and Marguerite (Bradford) Torbet.

Norman served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Wauseon #349.

He owned and operated American Oak Creations in Lyons. He was well known for his ice and wood carvings and won first place in the ice carving competition at Winterfest in Toledo for several years in a row. He also enjoyed carving carousel horses out of wood.

Norman’s other passion was cooking. He loved to cook and was a member of the Culinary Institute of America. He was very involved in the Lyons community and will be missed.

Norman is survived by his children, Bradley (and Paula) Torbet of High Park, N.Y., Keith (and Dawn) Torbet of Wauseon, Ohio, Linette Torbet of Akron, Ohio, Troy (and Linda) Torbet of Temperance, and Carla (and Paul) Houser of Pioneer, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Robert (and Sharon) Torbet of Grand Junction, Colo.; a sister, Irene Raney of San Antonio, Texas; and long time friend and significant other, Alicia Benner of Lyons, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were conducted by the Masons and members of Lyons VFW Post #7574 on Sept. 10 at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, Ohio. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous Fulton County Chapter or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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