Philip “Phil” James Norman

Resided in Bark River, Michigan
Died October 15th, 2019

Philip James “Phil” Norman, 65, of Bark River, passed away unexpectedly at his home Tuesday evening, October 15, 2019.

Phil was born in Escanaba on July 19, 1954, son of Philip and Evelyn (Miljour) Norman. He was raised in Bark River. He graduated from Bark River High School in 1972 and Lake Superior State in 1980.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1972, where he earned a Battle Efficiency Ribbon, First Good Conduct Award and a National Defense Service Award before his honorable discharge in 1978.

Once he graduated from college, he went to work for GE Medical of Southfield, MI from 1980-1992 before moving on to work for Fuelman in Novi. In 1996 he and Melissa moved backed to Bark River where he worked as a real estate agent for State Wide Real Estate and also worked at the casino until his retirement in 2007.

On March 9, 1991, Phil married Melissa Poll in Oakland County, MI. Together they celebrated 28 years of marriage and raised their two sons.

Phil loved his family and spending time with them. He enjoyed gardening, doing yardwork to improve his property, going to church, bible study and shooting pool with his friend Randy. He was a volunteer with OSF Hospice for over 10 years and truly loved helping families in need of hospice.

He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River, the American Legion in Bark River and OSF Hospice.

Phil is survived by his wife, Melissa of Bark River; sons, Jamison Norman of Escanaba and Johnathon (fiancé Bethany Lohrey) Norman of Hyde; grandson, Grayson Norman of Hyde; sister, Myrna (Russell) Hron of West Bend, WI; father and mother in law, James and Ruth Wicker of Hastings, MI; several brothers and sisters in law; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 26th from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River. The funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. with Pastor Hans Tolpingrud officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Burial will take place at a later date with full military honors in Bark River Township Cemetery.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting


7 Tributes to “Philip “Phil” James Norman”

  1. I’m so sorry to read of Phil’s passing. He was a good, kind, person and will be missed by the community. Prayers for God’s comforting hand over you and the family during these trying times.

  2. We were surprised and saddened to read about Phil’s passing. It is such a fond memory when Phil and your family took our “Traebo” in when Dottie’s son was life flighted to Loyola Hospital in Chicago with a traumatic brain injury, not really knowing us back then except locating property for us when Phil worked at Statewide. What an extremely kind and generous thing to do for us in our time of need. If we can be of any help or comfort to you during this most difficult of times, please let us know. God’s blessings to you and your family.

  3. Melissa & family. I’m so sorry for your loss of Phil. Many memories of our times together as classmates at BRH. He was a good and kind man. Gone much too soon.

  4. I knew Phil back our Navy days on board the USS Virginia, we were roommates off the ship with our friend Mike Benson.
    The three of us had many adventures on and off ship,(some I can even talk about).
    Cruising through life our paths crossed at Melissa and Phil’s wedding, and again last spring.
    We were hoping we’d be able to have a few more adventures, bringing wives and families along this time.
    You and your family have my deepest sympathy Melissa, take care.
    Fair winds and following sea, Phil.

  5. I knew Phil from our time in the Navy, aboard the USS Virginia, we were roommates off the ship with our friend Mike Benson.
    The three of us had many adventures on and off the ship,(some I can even talk about), From Virginia to the Caribbean, even Cuba, we had as much fun as Uncle Sam would allow.
    We kept in touch sporadically over the years, I was at Melissa’s and his wedding, then, 30+ years later, last May
    out of the blue I stopped in to say “hi” . We had a good, but too short a visit, hoping to repeat it in the near future…
    My heart goes out to you Melissa, extending Mine and Mary’s deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  6. Melissa and Boys,
    So sad on Phil’s passing. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of “Philly” coming home on leave and my mom and Aunt Tootsie would give him the biggest hug and kiss. He was a great storyteller and a kind generous man. Melissa, you and the boys are his wonderful family and made his life complete. Hold in your heart all the wonderful memories. All of our love goes out to you and the family.
    Sherry (Miljour), Kerry & Tessa Cummings

  7. I’m so glad that I got to know Phil these few years when I was visiting in Bark River. It was always, always a joy to be with him.
    May God bless his memory among us, and may God grant you his peace and comfort. I will continue to hold you in my prayers.

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