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Wednesday April 3rd, 2019
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Norman R. Krolikowski

Norman R. Krolikowski, 54, of Cairo, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski will celebrate the Mass. Inurnment will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ashton with graveside military honors by American Legion Post 108 of Ashton. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Josaphat's Catholic Church in Loup City, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is assisting the family. Norman was born on Feb. 12, 1965, at Loup City, the son of Ronald H. and DeeAynee M. (Dembowski) Krolikowski. He grew up on the family farm east of Ashton and attended grade school in Ashton and then Loup City Public School, graduating from Loup City High School in 1983. While in high school he was involved in many activities, but his greatest love was playing basketball, which gave him many treasured memories. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, having served from Aug. 1983 until being discharged in Aug. 1987. He then attended Hastings College where he received his bachelors degree in business administration. He then worked for Adams Land & Cattle in Broken Bow and in 1993 he began working as a copier service technician in Central Nebraska. This was a job he worked at for 25 years. He was united in marriage to Sandra M. Jorgensen on Sept. 30, 1995, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The couple lived west of Cairo where they raised their two daughters, Casey and Emily. Over the years he was also always involved with the family farm near Ashton. In 2018, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a full time rancher. He was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Grand Island. He was also a former president of the Cairo Ball Association, active member of the Centura Booster Club and had coached softball, basketball and volleyball youth teams. Norm was very family oriented and loved the time they were able to spend together. He also had many other things he loved including: polka music, horses, John Wayne, good food, cold beer, woodworking and athletics. After being diagnosed with cancer in 2015, he began his courageous battle. His strong will to live and the great love for his family helped him to overcome great odds to fight to live another day. His family will miss him dearly. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Krolikowski of Cairo; two daughters, Casey Krolikowski and Emily Krolikowski, both of Cairo; his mother, Deana Kole of St. Paul; brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Rhonda Krolikowski of Ashton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jude and Jake Eberhardt of Lincoln, Kayleen and Brian Grudzinski of Rockville, Geri and David Rademacher of Gun Barrel City, TX and Susan and Nate Worm of Roca; aunts and uncle, Annette Gallaway of Loup City, Darlene and Alozy Spotanski of Loup City and Delores Valasek of St. Paul; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Krolikowski; grandparents, Frank and Josephine Dembowski and Clarence and Regina Krolikowski; uncle, Ralph Krolikowski; and aunt, Doris Sack. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are requested to the family for later designation.

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To the Krolikowski Family. My name is Dave Beran. I am writing to you from California. Norm and I served in the Marine Corps around the same time, 1983 to 1987. We were stationed together at New River Air Station, Jacksonville, NC from 85' to 87'. In fact, we were attached to the same unit, H&MS 26 and worked out of the same Avionics repair shop. For most of that time, Norm and I worked night crew from 4pm to midnight repairing any and all of the electrical and electronic equipment on board the various helicopters the Marine Corps was operating at the time. Norm being Polish and me Czechoslovakian, we shared a close ancestry. Although he would jokingly say he came from the better half of Central Europe. I have nothing but the fondest memories of the time I spent working with and getting to know Norm. I would like to share some of those memories with your family so you get to know the man I knew in the mid 80's. Norm was a really good Marine. His nickname was Stormin' Norman, although that was said jokingly because everyone knew he had the exact opposite of a stormin' personality. He was loyal, dedicated, hard working, patient, persistent, and someone who would literally give the shirt off his back for a fellow Marine. His peers as well as his superiors had the utmost confidence in him. He would always choose to do the right thing however unpopular it may be. There were some pieces of gear no one else wanted to work on because they were complicated, difficult to work on, dirty, or just plain unfamiliar to us. Norm would take on the those toughest of repairs with patience and persistence and would not give up till the repair was complete. It was not uncommon for him to work into other shifts so he could finish up a job. Sometimes it would take him hours, days or even more to get that troubled piece of gear working. He would often work while chewing on a toothpick, straw, or stirring stick. I suppose it helped him focus and think. He loved his coffee and drank lots of it working night crew. He also really enjoyed a cold beer, or two, on weekends. Back then the drinking age was 19 in NC. Norm and I belonged to a gym off base called Steve's Gym. It was a small gym with lots of free weights and simple equipment. We often worked out together during the daytime while off duty. While most others spent the majority of their workout on their upper bodies, Norm trained his legs at least twice as much as anyone else. He was in really good shape. No one had muscular legs like Norm. Between our barracks there was a basketball court. Norm loved shooting hoops as well. He could frequently be found at the court either by himself or with a couple other guys playing a pick up game. Most people were amazed at how well a small town Nebraska kid could play ball. He had some serious skills. Towards the end of our enlistments we half seriously, half jokingly talked about me coming out to his family ranch/farm to work for a summer. Being a rambunctious, laid back Southern California kid, Norm would jokingly tell me I would finally learn how to put in a decent days work. Unfortunately, life happened and we never connected after parting ways in the summer of 87'. I deeply regret not staying in contact with him. Over the years I have often thought of Norm. There have been dozens of times I thought of him while working on a frustrating project around the house or at work. I would think back on his patience, persistence, and "never give up" attitude while working. It has given me the strength and determination to carry on when I would have otherwise given up. I just want you to know he made a huge impact on my life. Whenever I hear the song, Small Town Southern Man, by Alan Jackson, I think of Norm. He was a rare breed for sure. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I pray your family finds comfort knowing Norm's life made an impact far beyond his immediate family.

Dave Beran Oct 15 2020 5:36 PM

Norm was the kind of guy you couldnt help but like. I met Norm and Sandra years ago while working cattle. We shared many cattle drives until life took us in different directions; but our friendship continued. I was blessed to spend time with Norm in the recent months. Even when he was in pain, he was so thoughtful and kind. He loved his cattle and horses, but his love was his family. When Sandra would come home, he would comment, Theres the love of my life. Or when his girls came home, he would light up as if he received a shot of adrenaline. Norm was a special person. It was evident as so many gathered to say their goodbyes. My condolence to Sandra, Casey and Emily. Norm will be missed.

Cindy Apr 6 2019 9:31 AM

Sandra, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. I know it's been a while since we have seen one another, but you and Norm always had a place in my heart.

Stacie Ansbach Apr 3 2019 2:16 PM

Sandra, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Jackie Huldt Apr 3 2019 8:41 AM

Sandra, My heart goes out to you and your family. Praying you'll feel God's loving presence during this difficult time.

Karen Peterson Apr 3 2019 12:24 AM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all of you for comfort and peace!

Jessica Chelewski Sebade Apr 2 2019 9:53 PM

I first met Norm detassling when we were young kids. We hit it off right away. We went different ways as we grew but was always a joy to see him around Ashton. My deepest condolences to all his family. Your dad was a very special man girls.

Rob P Apr 2 2019 5:15 PM

I send my deepest sympathy, Norm was a long time customer at Orschelns , we always had good chats when he came in. He will be missed.

Amber Boroff Apr 2 2019 3:34 PM

Sorry for your loss Harold and family!

Ron Gans Apr 2 2019 12:05 PM

I've known Norm since 1989. Classy fella. Hardworking. Caring. Selfless. We shared many stories thru the years. We scheduled Copier work at the end of the day, when we could talk, freely and openly. Cancer has a way of changing a person. Focus. Dreams. Hopes. We discussed that numerous times. The clock running for us both. Norm really accelerated his hopes for his girls, the Ranch, and his family. It was an honor to hear his latest. Restoring the depleted grass in a couple of pastures; Breeding and Calving Seasons; The Markets; Cutting and Baling. Helping his Dad and his Uncle. Time at the lake. Training Seminars ( He hated). Often times our discussions would be cut shorter than we'd like, as he was determined to get to "his Girls " Basketball, Volleyball, or school and social activities. That continued thru Hastings College, for both Casey and Emily. Man, he was proud of you two....He loved getting the "Casey & Emily" articles I would e-mail him. I think a lot of people also did that, too.They could plainly see his pride and love for his family. After Diagnosis, He worried the clock would run out on him, before he got you ladies well "on your way", and safely into the world. Well, the clock has run on Norm, but the work he did was outstanding. Carry on and be strong. Be Norm.

Bob Wagoner Apr 2 2019 7:31 AM

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