Obituaries

Dexter Fowles Norton, Jr.

June 3, 1936 - April 12, 2018

Dexter Fowles Norton Jr. passed away on April 12th in Fort Myers, FL.  Dexter had fought a long battle with Dementia.  He was born in Community Hospital in Geneva, IL on June 3, 1936.  

Dex attended Wasco Elementary School and St. Charles High School where he graduated in 1954.  He went on to study agriculture at the University of Illinois where he was a member of The Farmhouse Fraternity and received his bachelor’s degree in 1958.  

After graduation, Dex returned to his childhood home to farm with his father.  

In 1959, Dex and Caryl were married and raised five children.  

Dex had a love for the farm and over the years his love for livestock continued to grow.  Over time, the focus of the family farm changed from livestock and became a feed store and produce stand that served the local community.

Dex was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all.  Dex’s friends enjoyed his many jokes and sense of humor.  In retirement, Dex spent his free time with family and friends and winters in Florida.  Dex and Caryl volunteered many hours at the Salvation Army in Fort Myers, FL. 

Dex is survived by his wife Caryl of 58 years, his children, Dawn (Reid) Root, Benn Norton, Dann (Tiffiny) Norton, Jan (Tom) Fandel, Beth (Juan) Luna, a sister, Barbara (Richard) Tamms, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Dexter Sr. and Flora (Corron) Norton.

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S 3rd Street, St. Charles, IL 60174 . A funeral service in Dexter’s name will be held 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Whitney Cemetery.

Contributions in honor of Dexter can be made to the Salvation Army at 1710 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles, IL  60174.

Guest Book

  • The Hickerson Family Beth & Family - Your Dad was such a great ambassador at the farm. We always loved running into him there. He was loved by so many & will be greatly missed.
  • Anthony Butlett Love talking with Dex and his knowledge and love for the agriculture and Everything I learned from him. He will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to the Norton family in this hard time.
  • Cathy Nikrandt Dawn, Beth and Calee, I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad, grandpa but I feel I have by meeting all of you! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you 🙏🏻🙏🏻
  • Wendy Corron Decky's sense of humor was one of my favorite things about him, but more than that, he was someone whose very life spoke volumes about who he was. His unassuming character exuded love and respect for everyone he met. I am thankful to have known him. May his legacy live on through his wonderful family.
  • Jill Bacus Dex, You never missed a beat sharing your jokes one right after another, I will forever remember those times. Rest in peace and blessed that we had a chance to be forever neighbors. Always, Jill Fumo Bacus
  • Scott Immer When I was still in grade school, I practically spent every day possible helping Dex on the Norton Farm. Riding along on the tractor, feeding the cattle, bailing hay, working on equipment. Dex always welcomed me and was truly an inspiration and mentor to me growing up. The memories are endless. Best wishes to all the family and friends of Dex.
  • Dawn Root Fondly remembering Dad: the jokester, lover of his farms and the outdoors, caring husband, father and grandfather of all of his family. You are now with the angels and at peace.