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Dr. Norris W. Preston

Dr. Norris W. Preston
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September 28, 1932 -- Sunday, July 08, 2018
Visitation Information: Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Patton Funeral Home in Huntsville.
Service Information: Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Marceline, MO.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Living Memorial Scholarship.


Dr. Norris W. Preston, 85 local Optometrist died at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Monroe Manor in Paris, MO.

Dr. Preston was born September 28, 1932 at Armstrong Missouri, the only child of the late Norris Scott and Nancy Kathryn (Chism) Preston.  He grew up in Marceline where he graduated from high school in 1950.  He served in the military four years during the Korean Conflict as a high-speed Morse code intercept operator for the U.S. Air Force Security Service, obtaining the rank of S/SGT.  His overseas service was at Clark Field in the Philippines, where he earned the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal 

Dr. Preston is survived by one son, James and Wife Cindy of Ava, MO; one stepson, Kevin of Florida; Grandchildren, Lucian, Reggie, Mike, Bryan, Jimmy and Brandi; one great-granddaughter, Marli; serval cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.  He was preceded in death by his second wife, Peggy Schaeffer and one daughter, Lucinda Nute-Ellis.

Dr. Preston was raised at Marceline Missouri, worked on the Santa-Fe railway, attended college at Kirksville State Teachers College and Southern College of Optometry at Memphis Tennessee where he obtained his BS and O.D. degrees in 1964.

Dr. Preston lived at Huntsville for several years where he served on the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.  He was a member of the Huntsville Lions Club.  He represented Randolph County for 20 years on the Selective Service Draft Board. 

He, along with Frank Butcher, were instrumental in forming the Huntsville Bankers Ban Johnson Baseball Team in the early 70’s.  Later he also helped from the Independent Baseball League for younger boys.  In the middle 70’s he formed and coached the Huntsville Bruins Babe Ruth Baseball Team for a few years. 

His newspaper article “Of Interest to Veterans” which was carried weekly by the Moberly Index for over 20 years was also carried by 17 other newspapers in 7 mid-western states.

Dr. Preston was a licensed Optometrist, a licensed Funeral Director and a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, extra class.  A Baptist, he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War, a life member of Disabled American Veterans, was an active American Legion member, he was Moberly’s Bazan-Bailey Post 6 Commander, Second District Commander and elected as Missouri State Commander for the American Legion in 1995.  At the 1997 National American Legion Convention in Orlando, Florida he was elected by the National Organization to be National Vice-Commander from for 1997-1998.  His responsibility was the ten mid-western states, from North Dakota and Minnesota south to the Mexican border. 

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