He was born July 10, 1932, in Claypool, Ind., to Dorotha B. Parker and Wallace Clay, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1950.
Norman married Nora Irene Walls of Pierceton, Ind., on December 12, 1949, in Valparaiso, Ind., and is survived by her. Other survivors include brothers Robert Clay of Warsaw and John W. Clay of Warsaw, daughters Beth Ann Collins of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Lin Jones of Warsaw, son Tony Clay of Warsaw, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
An avid hunter, golfer, and outdoorsman, Norman also enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, watching Notre Dame football and Indiana University basketball with family. He was a former member of the local Elks lodge and a local coyote-hunting club.
Norman spent the majority of his adult life self-employed, owning and operating Clay’s Mobile Home Service, later Gambie’s Pizza and farming as many as 80 acres, finally retiring in 1999.
Private family services will be conducted. McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw is entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, P.O. Box 1257, Warsaw IN 46580.
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