Magazine article VFW Magazine

Past Commander-in-Chief Norman Staab Dies

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Past Commander-in-Chief Norman Staab Dies

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Former Commander-in-Chief Norman Gilbert Staab died Dec. 2, 2014, at Via Christi Village in Hays, Kan. The lifelong Kansan was 84.

Services were held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hays on Dec. 5. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Russell, Kan. Post 6240 in Russell provided full military honors for the service.

Bom on Dec. 27,1929, in Catharine, Kan., Staab had five brothers and three sisters. He spent 34 years working for LTV Energy Products Company at its oilfield supply store in Russell. After retiring, he worked in oil exploration and production as owner of Staab Energy and Leasing. On May 26,1984, he married Cacilie Werle.

Enlisting in the Army at age 18 in 1948, he spent four years on active duty. Staab earned his VFW eligibility by serving on occupation duty in Germany during 1950. He was stationed with Tank Co., 16th Inf. Regt., 1st Inf. Div., in Nuremberg. But Staab played on the regimental football team and officiated track meets. …

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