Norman Gene Alley
February 14, 1933 :: Norton, Kansas
May 9, 2017 :: Denver, Colorado
17699 East Hampden Avenue
Aurora, CO 80013
Norman Gene Alley was born in Norton Kansas, February 14, 1933. He is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, his daughter Pamela, his parents, Francis and Lola Alley and his brother Duaine. He passed away May 9, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
He attended Norton County schools and was a graduate of Norton Community High School. He played many sports in high school including football, wrestling, basketball and track (shot put). He graduated from Norton Community High School, one of the 51 in the Class of 51.
Norman married Joyce Lynn Wilnerd on February 14, 1952 which was also his birthday. One day a huge steel company came into the area and Norman was hired. They had their first child, Kay, and when the company moved to another city, the Alley’s went with them. They traveled with the company for three years, but decided they needed to settle down and went back to Norton.
The Alley’s soon went into the moving business. Business became very good and they moved to Hays, Kansas. The company grew and for eight years Norman ran the offices in western Kansas, during which time the Alley family grew to three boys, Gene, Steve and Kevin and another daughter, Yvonne.
The family made several trips to different cities around the Midwest and west and decided to sell their company and move to Denver.
In 1964, Norman and family came to Denver and went into the employment business. The Alley’s third daughter, Terry was born. They now had three boys and three girls. Norman explored many different business opportunities and was truly an Entrepreneur. The Alley’s younger children moved to Idaho and Arizona for a few years while Kay resided in Denver and eventually returned to Denver for the love of the Rocky Mountain region.
Norman loved to travel to the far reaches of the world, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. He loved to read books and was a very hard worker. He liked his independence that is why he was always considered an entrepreneur owning restaurants, a moving business, an employment agency and mortgage business. In many of his businesses Norman employed the family in his restaurant, landscaping, and mortgage business endeavors. Norman also enjoyed fine arts, fine dining, and had an appreciation for the architecture and workmanship of cathedrals/churches and fine hotels. He exposed his family to plays and musicals and many Oscar winning films.
Norman loved playing and watching sports. He skied, played golf, and loved watching all kinds of sports. He loved the Chicago Cubs, Denver Broncos, Notre Dame Football, and Kansas basketball. It was not a good idea to call after one of his teams lost, as he didn’t want to talk about it and would not come to the phone.
He helped Joyce with her garden, enjoyed shopping for antiques, and appreciated the beauty of quilts. He would play with the grandkids and great-grandkids when then came over to their house. Norman and Joyce were married for 57 years.
He had a big family and a big heart and will truly be missed by his family. He is survived by his six children Kay, Gene, Jr., Steve (Shelley), Kevin (Dawn) Yvonne (Stephen) and Terry. He had 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Now he rests with God in paradise.
Please donate in Norman’s name to New Hope Community Church and/or to:
The Denver Hospice Inpatient Care Center
8299 E. Lowry Blvd
Denver, CO 80230