Ralph E. Norris 1920 - 2009 Leavenworth

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Ralph E. Norris, 89, of Leavenworth, peacefully passed away on November 4, 2009 at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center.
Ralph was born on April 2, 1920 on the family farm in Leavenworth where he lived his entire life. After his father's death in 1935, Ralph dedicated himself to his family; working on the farm through the difficult Depression years. Later in life, he took on additional jobs at the local gas station, then as a rural mail carrier, and finally driving the school bus for the Jarbalo and Tonganoxie School Districts for over 40 years. Though he never married or had children, he will be fondly remembered by family, friends, neighbors, and the nearly three generations who rode his bus route.
He is survived by his sister Anna Kelly, and two nieces.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the Belden-Larkin Funeral Home; 707 S. 6th Street, Leavenworth, KS. Visitation will be on Monday, November 9, from 3-8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Fall Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden-Larkin Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Condolences may be sent or to share a memory go to

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