He attended Cabool Schools until his family moved to Paso Robles, California, in the early 1950s. After a couple of years in California, they moved to Ottumwa, Iowa, for a short while, before moving back home to Cabool.
In 1966, Norman married Cathy Rhodes and to this union two children were born: Tammie Lynn and John Leland. They lived in Columbia, Missouri, while Norman worked for J & S Farms, raising registered cattle. He would show the cattle at fairs across Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois, where they consistently took home prizes. In 1968, the family moved back to Cabool and Norman began truck driving. For many years he drove for Steel Haulers, making trips all over the United States.
Norman later moved to Mountain Grove and on June 23, 1993, he married Reida “Diann” Cyrus in New Orleans, Louisiana. They enjoyed almost 23 years together before his health declined. They enjoyed traveling to Cancun, Mexico, golfing, and entertaining friends and family in their comfortable home.
Norman was a partner in several business ventures with his lifelong friend, Dennis Hunter, whom he loved like a brother. Together they purchased Wilco Trash Company. After selling the trash company to Waste Management, Norman remained with the company as the manager until 2010 when he retired. Norman served on Mountain Grove City Council and as president pro tem, and was a member of the Masonic Temple. Norman enjoyed pheasant hunting, riding his motorcycles, going to the lake, old cars, travelling, and spending time with his family.
Norman was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. Family and friends will cherish the memories he made with them and be forever grateful of the time they had with him.
Norman was preceded in death by his father, Doyle; granddaughter, Kodi Rust; his in-laws, Mont and Edith Cyrus; his friend, Dennis Hunter; and the mother of his children, Cathy Rust.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Reida Diann of the home; sons, John Rust of Mountain Grove and Billy Miller, Jr. of Seymour, Missouri; daughters, Tammie Sears of Cabool and Tammy Helms and husband David of Seymour; mother, Ruby Russell of Mountain Grove; stepmother, Evelyn Rust of Mountain Grove; sister, Jenny Eisenhouer and husband Bob of Cabool; brother, Mark Rust and wife Angela of Kansas City, Missouri; two brothers-in-law, Gary and wife Linda of Mansfield, Ohio, and Doug and wife Karen of Perrysville, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Kayla Campbell, Brandon Campbell and wife Shalea, Logan Rust, Josh Helms, Chris Helms, Cody Helms and wife Micayla, and Bailey Helms; eight great-grandchildren, Ava Hicks, Aurora Hicks, Michael Helms, Matthew Helms, Derek Helms, Jake Frasier, Paitlyn Helms, and Addison Helms; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Cannon officiating. Pallbearers were John Rust, Logan Rust, Brandon Campbell, Josh Helms, Chris Helms, Cody Helms, Bailey Helms, and Billy Miller, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Eisenhouer, Mark Rust, David Helms, and Dustin Hunter. Song selections were “Midnight Cry,” “The Book Of John,” and “Far Side Banks Of Jordan.” Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.