Norman Sowels

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Norman Sowels, 97, of Swansea, IL, born December 4, 1925, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at his residence surrounded by family.

Norman retired from the Monsanto Company. He was a World War II United States Navy veteran. He was a 45-year member of the Swansea Moose. Norman was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

Norman was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Alice, nee Wilson, Sowels, whom he married on September 6, 1947, and who died on December 18, 2012; his parents, Joseph and Margaret, nee Krupp, Sowels; and his eight siblings, William Bruns, Ervin (Mary) Bruns, Selma Turner, Harlan (Edna) Bruns, Virgil Sowels, Gladys (Melvin) Schmidt, James (Deloris) Sowells, and Ruth Gregory.

Surviving are his children, Norman “Jerry” (Bonnie) Sowels, Claudia (Craig) Hubbard, and Dianne (Rick) Sieben;
six grandchildren, Amy Landers, Jason Sowels, Joele (Kenneth) Pinkerton, Lauren (Gerry) McManama, Casey Sieben, and Cortney Sieben;
ten great-grandchildren, Margaret, Anna, Victoria, Alexis, Julia, Alaina, Henry, Joseph, Penny, and Gemma;
and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Steve Martin for being a dear friend.

Memorials may be made to Shriners for Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private funeral services will be held Saturday, March 25, 2023, with Pastor Hal Santos officiating.

Burial will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


6 Comments on Norman Sowels

Linda Cahnovsky said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2023 at 3:14 PM

I am very sorry to hear of Norm’s passing. He and Mary were such dear friends of my parents. He was a dear man. The Friday night fish fry gang is reunited. Deepest sympathies to all of the family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dianna Ross said : Guest Report Mar 25, 2023 at 9:30 AM

Dianne, Rick, Courtney, Casey and your family. Sincerest condolences. Your dad lived a great life and was an amazing man. He will live in your hearts forever. Love, Bill + Dianna

  • Belleville
  • United States (+1)
Marsha Wild said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2023 at 8:21 PM

Remembering all the good times with the Sowels family. Rest in peace, Uncle Norm.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
JOEL M SOWELLS said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2023 at 1:19 PM

Uncle Norman was so special to us family here in Maryland. We loved him and were so proud to call him our Uncle. I will always remember our special times together and how much fun and laughter we experienced.

  • MD
Dan Doherty said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2023 at 8:36 PM

So sorry. We lost a good man. He was fun to spend time with. My condolences to the family.

  • Kensington
  • Maryland
Andrea said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2023 at 4:09 PM

Sending love and our sincerest condolences to the whole family, he was a great man and left an incredible legacy through all of you! ❤️

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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