Norris K. Wang
October 7, 1955 - January 17, 2021
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc.
Nancy Kerchenfaut
Emilie Gilbert
Mary Beth Ellis Weckerlin
Stephanie B Chambers
Sana Booker
Sana Booker
Sana Booker
Stephen Chen
Helen Blumberg and Bob Burke
Joyce Hester
Lori Quilhot Maurer
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Soller-Baker Funeral Homes & Crematory, West Lafayette Chapel
1184 Sagamore Pkwy W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Friday 1/22, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Soller-Baker Funeral Homes & Crematory, West Lafayette Chapel
1184 Sagamore Pkwy W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Friday 1/22, 11:00 am

Norris K. Wang, 65, of West Lafayette, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette from complications due to cardiac arrest—not COVID-19 related. He was born October 7, 1955, in Marion, IN, to the late Ting Yang Wang and Daisy Feng Wang.  Norris was named after his godparents, R.…

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Suyin So left a message on February 22, 2021:
My husband Jeff Hao and I wanted to add our condolences and deepest sympathies. As my mother said, Norris was a wonderful friend to our family from the late 70s when we arrived in Marion and were welcomed by T.Y. and Daisy. I'm not surprised to see 'generous' and 'selfless' come up repeatedly here; he always made time in his busy schedule to pay a visit to our family or provide advice on any range of issues. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him and an inspiration to all, to live in service to others.
May, BIng, YIsan and Suyin So left a message on February 15, 2021:
We moved to Marion IN in 1978 and were soon introduced to the loving and active Wang family. Norris was a quiet young man who grew a formidable career as Southern Indiana deputy state prosecutor, councilman, and the magistrate. It was a career path, that was very rare and highly honored among Asian Americans. In addition, Norris loved teaching. We spent wonderful times with his parents and sister, Ellie, in their house in Marion IN. We also spent memorable times with both Ellie and Norris in New York City. Farewell, Norris, we never thought you will go this early. You will be missed very much. We will always remember you as a very special friend. Together with your parents, you now will watch over Ellie.
Nancy Kerchenfaut left a message on January 27, 2021:
Ellie, remembering you and Norris when I was your ‘babysitter’ on your folks’ weekends away...and many church functions, homemade egg rolls...fun at Gustav Place! I was so sorry to hear from Frances of Norris’ passing My thoughts and prayers are with you, dear friend. Love, Nancy
Emilie Gilbert left a message on January 25, 2021:
Ellie: We knew your family at the Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion. We say hello & send our love to you. Our prayers are with you. May God Bless You with His Peace. Janet, Emilie & Susan Gilbert
Emilie Gilbert left a message on January 25, 2021:
Ellie & Family: We knew your family at Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Marion. My sister and I knew Norris in Sunday School. Norris was a very fine gentleman even as a young boy. He was a good friend. We are so sorry about your loss. We send you our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Janet, Emilie & Susan Gilbert (The Family Of The Late Gene Gilbert).
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Gerald W. Thomas left a message on January 23, 2021:
Norris Wang was my colleague on the West Lafayette city council. Norris was a grounded man who loved to serve his city and his constituents. He was humble, caring, compassionate and looked for the good in every individual. He treated you with respect as you would wish to be treated. Norris was taken away from us way too soon. Norris, well done my friend, take your rest.
Mary Beth Ellis Weckerlin left a message on January 23, 2021:
Norris was my first friend as we were born on the same day and our mothers shared a hospital room. Over the first few years I received birthday cards from Norris in his mother’s handwriting. My scrapbook/photo album is full of cards my mother saved. Norris and I went to different grade schools but reunited at Marion HS. We always laughed together on our birthday. We smiled and said hi during passing in the halls. We both went to Purdue but didn’t see each other since I was a Comm major and his classes were the really tough ones! I was always surprised at how tall and handsome Norris grew to be! I reached out to Norris when I moved back to Indiana after many years living elsewhere. We had lunch and he helped me with legal advice. We connected on Facebook with some thumbs up 👍 and I was always surprised that he liked my liberal Democratic comments at times. He was so fair minded- a true Libra and balanced by the scales. He was always so kind and soft spoken. Although I would see him laughing and having loud fun with friends at 9 Irish! I am so sad to say goodbye to my friend. I wish I had spent more time with him. But I am grateful that he considered me his friend. He was a truly great guy.
Michael K. Davis left a message on January 22, 2021:
Ellie and Friends of Norris, I and several buddies of Norris from I.U. were greatly saddened to hear of his passing. Since college days (Norris graduated from I.U. Law in '82), we'd been card-playing buddies who would get together annually. None of us drank or smoked, but we indulged in witty banter, M&Ms, Diet Coke, pizza, Chinese food and generally enjoying each others' company. Norris was always somewhat reserved, but kind and compassionate. I stayed with him in West Lafayette for a few months when I was working in Indy but moving my family to Wisconsin, and he was ultra-generous and classy. He wouldn't take any money. He would give the shirt off his back for people who needed help. I remember Norris being part of a group of friends who helped push my car across campus when it died. We will honor Norris's memory when we next get our card-playing buddies together. We will miss you Nor! Rest in peace good soul.
Lori Stein Sabol left a message on January 22, 2021:
Norris, your smiling face and positive attitude will be missed by many. Thank you for your service to the legal profession, IVY Tech and the community. May yo i truly rest in peace. Lori and Paul
Chuck Hagen, Melissa Grabner-Hagen, August, Karl and Elsa left a message on January 22, 2021:
I met Norris more than 20 years ago when I fist came to Tippecanoe County to work in the prosecutor's office. He was always friendly, kind and helpful, especially to our kids. We'd catch up with each other now and then and run into each other downtown, on campus or out shopping. We'd stop and talk with each other and before we knew it, more than an hour would pass and our groceries were melting the our shopping carts! He was just an all around nice guy who loved and cared his community and everyone around him. He is sincerely missed. .
Jo Micon left a message on January 22, 2021:
Norris will be greatly missed from the Ivy Tech family. Ellie, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ellen and Ezra Gershon left a message on January 22, 2021:
No words can express the sadness we feel at the loss of your dear brother. Along with your parents, you now have 3 angels watching over you. May he rest in peace.
Stephanie B Chambers left a message on January 22, 2021:
Rest in peace, Norris. You will be remembered for your kindness and perseverance. You were remarkable and will be be remembered fondly.
Betty and Stephen Chen left a message on January 22, 2021:
Ellie, Our condolences to you and your family. We fondly remember seeing Norris when he would visit Baltimore with Aunt and Uncle Wang for the holidays and Easter. We still have a picture of our families together from Christmas in 1986 sitting on our piano. At those visits, we greatly enjoyed Norris's company and conversation, his words were always filled with such concern and kindness. He was an inspiration to us all and we will miss him deeply. Love Steve, Betty, Sharon and Eric.
Christy Meyer left a message on January 22, 2021:
I have known Norris since my youth. He is one of the kindest, most intelligent and warmest persons you will ever meet. As a fellow member of the class of 1974 at Marion High School, I know he will be missed by many.
Linda Taggart left a message on January 22, 2021:
Ellie, words just aren't enough to say how truly sorry I am. Norris fought so hard. Just know he appreciated everything you did for him and how you steadfastly stayed at his side and took care of him. I'm just grateful that I got to meet him at the PBS Annual meeting and I got to see what a dynamic and caring brother he was.
Debbie Feldman & Patrick Trotta left a message on January 22, 2021:
Ellie and David, Patrick and I extend our deepest condolences. We are so happy to have known Norris for all these years and to have had the opportunity to spend time with him during the recent holidays. He was a special person and left such a positive legacy of kindness and compassion. Love to you both. Patrick and Debbie
Erin Chrest left a message on January 22, 2021:
When someone is as smart as Norris, it seems too much to ask that they also be funny, kind, thoughtful, and generous. And then to have all of those qualities wrapped up into one person and coupled with the sense of civic duty and work ethic that Norris possessed...that is truly rare. Norris made the world a better place, and I feel lucky to have been in his orbit.
Kathy Parker left a message on January 22, 2021:
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet brother, Norris. As a new councilor on City Council in 2020, I sat next to Norris, but only for the 3 months early in the year that we met in person. He was very kind, and helpful, and he told me what a wonderful holiday he had shared with you, his beloved sister. Praying for God's peace to surround you in your grief. Rest well, Norris.
Sana Booker left a message on January 22, 2021:
Goodbye my friend. You will be forever in our hearts.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Sana Booker left a message on January 22, 2021:
Goodbye my friend. You will be forever in our hearts.
Sana Booker left a message on January 22, 2021:
Goodbye my friend. You will be forever in our hearts.
Stephen Chen left a message on January 22, 2021:
In memory of Norris K. Wang, Stephen Chen lit a candle
susan kent left a message on January 22, 2021:
Ellie, we were so saddened to learn of Norris's passing. Tim and I have so many happy memories of growing up with you and Norris as our families celebrated birthdays & holidays together. We had so much fun! Your family was unfailingly welcoming and loving, kind and generous and we will always be grateful. Although we lost touch in recent years, it was wonderful to learn of all of Norris's accomplishments and the numerous ways he was able to make life better for so many. He was truly a kind and gentle soul and we were so lucky to have called him a friend. Tim and Don join me in sending you our deepest condolences with love.
Christa Coffey left a message on January 22, 2021:
I have so many fond memories of Norris in / around the Courthouse. I don't recall ever finding him in a foul mood or unwilling to work through any situation that had occurred - but mostly sharing so many laughs and fun adventures. You will be missed.
Helen Blumberg and Bob Burke left a message on January 21, 2021:
In memory of Norris K. Wang, Helen Blumberg and Bob Burke lit a candle
Winnie Patrick left a message on January 21, 2021:
Ellie, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Norris was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I had the pleasure to work with him when he was in the Prosecutor's Office and I was in the Magistrate's Court -- our paths have crossed a few times in the years since. I am grateful to have known him. May he rest in peace.
Delaine Highley left a message on January 21, 2021:
Wang family. My deepest sympathy at the death of Norris. I knew Ting & Daisy from Meshingomesia Country Club. They were wonderful people. Often wonder why God needs all the good people. Prayers for all of you.
Lucy Wu left a message on January 21, 2021:
It was shocked to hear that Norris (Guoluo) passed away on January 17, 2021. We are proud of Norris (Guoluo)'s dedication, fairness, and kindness in his care serving voters, and other social work. We are also touched by Ellie(Guolun) and David for giving love to Guoluo. May Guoluo rest in peace in the spirit of heaven. Best wishes to Ellie(Guolun) family. --Sincerest condolences for all the cousins in China Jan. 21, 2021 (see more below) PS: Dear Ellie, above is a letter from your 11 cousins in China. because they couldn't reach this website, so one of them, my best friend Muci Yin told me to write it on the website. They also asked me to mail you $50x11=$550.00 for Norris Wang Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund. I will mail this $550.00 check to your address today. Hope you will let me know after you receive the check. Thank you very much! Sorry for your loss. If you need more information about them, such as names and so on, please let me know. --Lucy
Lucy Wu left a message on January 21, 2021:
It was shocked to hear that Norris (Guoluo) passed away on January 17, 2021. We are proud of Norris (Guoluo)'s dedication, fairness, and kindness in his care serving voters, and other social work. We are also touched by Ellie(Guolun) and David for giving love to Guoluo. May Guoluo rest in peace in the spirit of heaven. Best wishes to Ellie(Guolun) family. --Sincerest condolences for all the cousins in China Jan. 21, 2021 (see more below) PS: Dear Ellie, above is a letter from your 11 cousins in China. because they couldn't reach this website, so one of them, my best friend Muci Yin told me to write it on the website. They also asked me to mail you $50x11=$550.00 for Norris Wang Criminal Justice Scholarship Fund. I will mail this $550.00 check to your address today. Hope you will let me know after you receive the check. Thank you very much! Sorry for your loss. If you need more information about them, such as names and so on, please let me know. --Lucy
Nancy Ferrone left a message on January 21, 2021:
I had the pleasure of traveling around China with Ellie and Norris and got to know Norris as a kind, generous man. It has been my pleasure to spend many holidays with Norris and of course to enjoy the egg rolls that he helped his sister to make whenever he visited Baltimore. His smile and kind demeanor will be missed.
Al Moore left a message on January 21, 2021:
Norris was a friend since Junior High School and we worked at Congressman Hillis" office as summer interns. He accomplished great things in his life but above all was a man of kindness and compassion. Well done dear friend.
Angie Shay left a message on January 21, 2021:
Norris was a great and kind man. I worked with him through the Prosecutor's office. He taught me a lot about ethics and being a good person. I will miss him greatly. I am sorry for your loss Ellie.
Lynn B Kanable left a message on January 21, 2021:
Such a great man and a great loss for the community his friends and colleagues.
Joyce Hester left a message on January 21, 2021:
In memory of Norris K. Wang, Joyce Hester lit a candle
Pat & Jim Beaman left a message on January 20, 2021:
Sorry for your loss of Norris. We knew your family through Rose & Doyal Parks. Always enjoyed visiting with them and eating some of Daisy’s egg rolls. Jim & Norris were both in law and enjoyed visiting . Jim also went to Purdue as another common thread. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat & Jim Beaman
Karen Stover Garrett left a message on January 20, 2021:
Norris was a rare human being that always thought of others. From grade school on, he was a true friend. Although we lost touch in later years, I always enjoyed catching up with him at reunions. I know he was a great example to many and his presence will live on through his good deeds. Is that not the goal each of us strives to achieve?
Jane Finch left a message on January 20, 2021:
My condolences to the Wang family. I knew Norris as a young man in Marion at a time when he was just planning his future goals. He honored himself and his lovely family. May he Rest In Peace ! Jane Finch
Eric Burns left a message on January 20, 2021:
Thank you for your friendship, inspiration to be a more compassionate lawyer and community pride and leadership. I will miss you. I will always remember you on the day of our son Christian's funeral in June of 2016. As we sat waiting to leave from the church after his funeral mass, you crossed the street in front of our car. Despite your new leg, you walked with confidence and strength with you head high. Seeing you was comforting to me and I have the image locked tight into my memory. Rest peacefully.
Theresa Slayton left a message on January 20, 2021:
Such a kind, compassionate man with a good sense of humor. I had the pleasure of working with Norris and he was so respectful and knowledgeable. His contributions to the community were many and he will be missed. To the family, I am so very sorry for your loss.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Susan Warnock Marshall left a message on January 20, 2021:
So sorry for such an early loss of a kind, gentle man. Ellie I worked with your mother at Davis Clinic when I was a pharmacy student at Purdue some 50 years ago. She was a kind, gentle mentor for me. I am sure both you and Norris have carried those qualities of her and more through life. I remember you as very loved and as young children. I watched Norris’ career from a distance and know your mother and father are so very proud of you both. May you cherish the memories you have and remember that love never ends. May the Lord comfort you through these days through the words and care of family and friends, new and old. Susan Warnock Marshall
Anna Shaffer left a message on January 20, 2021:
I have a lovely picture of Norris and his sister Ellie, sitting at my Thanksgiving day table, some 40 years ago. How lucky I have been to see this young man grow into a loving and giving person to his family and community.Those who knew Norris will remember him as a kind and gentle man, Truly an inspiration to all of us. Norris, you will be missed. Love to you and Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Lori Quilhot Maurer left a message on January 20, 2021:
Norris, you are a beloved member of the Marion High School Class of ‘74 and will truly be missed. We are so proud of your accomplishments and your regard and defense for your fellow citizens. You have been a shining light for so many. Thank you for your wonderful example of friendship, kindness, intelligence, and light. Do unto others... Much love to you & your family. 💜💛💔
Sean Persin left a message on January 19, 2021:
Such a good, kind man, with a generous heart. Norris was a mentor to me in many ways, and I feel fortunate our paths crossed.
Andrew Blumberg left a message on January 19, 2021:
Ellie is my sister in law. I had the immense pleasure of catching up with Norris when he would join the rest of our family in Baltimore for Easter and Christmas, in addition to other times of the year. What impressed me about Norris the most - and will always stay with me - was his concern and kindness for others. He always wanted to know how you were doing and what was new in your life. He also had a robust laugh and twinkle in his eye, even as he bravely battled serious health challenges later in life. He will be deeply missed. I take comfort in knowing my life, among so many, was profoundly enriched by knowing him. Godspeed, dear friend.
Ceal and Barry Rascovar left a message on January 19, 2021:
We know Norris is at peace, next to Daisy and Ting, his beloved parents. He was a wonderful friend who accomplished so much in his life, even sending us Goo-Goo Clusters from Indiana! We will miss seeing him at holiday times, but his memory will remain strong and present for both of us. Ellie, our hearts and prayers are with you, always. Love, Ceal & Barry
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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