Norman Telkamp, 89 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. Norman Albert Telkamp, son of Albert and Thelma (Tift) Telkamp, was born on September 1, 1926 in Brookings, SD. Following graduation from Brookings High School, Norman served with the US Army Signal Corps at Vint Hill Farms, Virginia. Following his honorable discharge, he attended and graduated from SDSU.
Norman was united in marriage to Mildred Oleson on September 12, 1948 in Arlington, SD. Norman worked with the Veterans Administration at Ft. Meade, SD, until moving to Armour, SD., where he was the Douglas County Extension Agent for 25 years. In 1979, they moved to Sioux Falls and he served as the Minnehaha County Extension Agent until retiring in 1984. Following retirement from the Extension Service, he worked as a crop insurance adjuster. Norman and Millie spent their winter months in La Feria, TX.
Norman was active in many groups, including the Masons, EAA, United Church of Christ, International and SD Flying Farmers, and the SD County Agents Association. Norman held a commercial pilot’s license, along with a flight instructor and an aerial applicator rating. In addition to flying, he loved spending time with family. Norman always had a quick smile and a story for new and old friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are his son Gary Telkamp, Rapid City, daughters Sharon Johnson and husband Luke of Dell Rapids, Janelle Hearnen and husband Robert, Mitchell, brother Doug Telkamp and wife Teresa, Rutland, step mother Betty Telkamp, Brookings, four grandchildren, Noah Johnson, Micah Johnson, Kelsey Hearnen, Cade Hearnen; and many other relatives and friends.
Norman was preceded in death by his wife Mildred and brothers Kenneth, Marvin, (Jack), Ray and Keith Telkamp.
The family will be present at 10 am. followed by a prayer service at 11 am., First Congregational Church on Saturday, March 5, 2016, with burial at 2 pm at Greenwood Cemetery, Brookings, SD. On-Line Condolences may be left at Miller Funeral Home.