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Norman Gale Murnan, 79, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his residence in Venice, Fla. He was a former resident of Shelbyville.
He was born March 14, 1934, in Fountaintown to the late Ernest T. Murnan and Inez F. (Johnson) Murnan. He graduated from Morristown High School in 1952.
He is survived by his wife, Janice K. (Barlow) Murnan, whom he married Aug. 2, 1953.
Other survivors include his children, Scott T. Murnan of Waldron, Sheryl D. (Gregory) Dill of Indianapolis, Shelley G. (Kristopher) Gies of Greenwood, and Shad R. Murnan of Shelbyville; a sister, Doris Sebastian Giliatte of Greenfield; 10 grandchildren, Shaun, Seth and Silas Murnan, Eric and Andrew Dill, Breelyn (Dill) Finegan, Adam and Nicholas Baker, Stefanie (Baker) Orzechowicz and Isabel Gies; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was an adult protective services investigator in Shelby, Johnson and Hancock counties. He retired in 2002. He also was owned and operated Murnan Auto Service and worked at Allied Fidelity Insurance from 1978 to 1983. He was sheriff of Shelby County from 1971 to 1978.
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Fla.
He was past president and a life member of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association; a member of the Venice Isle Estates Homeowner Board of Directors, the American Legion and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and a retired member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio intercept operator. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant.
Norman was a natural problem solver who loved tinkering and repairing cars, trucks, scooters, boats and just about anything that needed fixing. Family and friends considered him a jack of all trades.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, Shelbyville. The Rev. Carl Ewick will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fountaintown Cemetery, where a military graveside service will be conducted by local veterans organizations.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home.
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