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Theodore R. Norris

Theodore R. Norris (Ted), 58, Liberty, Mo., died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 at Golden Living Center, Smithville, Mo.  

Born March 19, 1955 in Dixon to Max and Sally (Schell) Norris, he grew up in the Polo area, where at a young age he became involved with the family farm and heavy equipment construction business, which resulted in his lasting passion for both.

Ted was an ambitious and independent man, whose unparalleled work ethic was an inspiration to all who met him.  

These qualities allowed him to realize a lifelong dream of self-employment, resulting in the ownership and operation of Ted Norris Excavating in Liberty, Mo.  

In his spare time, Ted enjoyed collecting antiques, scale model replicas of heavy equipment, attending construction and farm shows, and socializing with friends in his shop.  

He was an active member of Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club and Land Improvement Contractors of America.

He is survived by son, Jared (Brandy) Norris; and granddaughter, Vera Lynn, Smithville Mo.; sisters Kathy (Denny) Danko, Tonica and Shelley (Chad) Hovey, Mackinaw; brother, Tony Norris, Houston Texas; stepmother, Judy Norris, Polo; uncle, Richard Schell, Des Plaines; and several cousins, nieces, and a nephew in Illinois, as well as many friends and business associates throughout the Midwest.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Ted Norris Excavating shop, 11217 Chandler Rd, Liberty, Mo. for an informal remembrance of Ted (aka Grump).  

A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in Polo.  

Arrangements were completed by the Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri, 5561 NW  Barry Rd.,  Kansas City, Mo.

Online condolences can be made at or call 816-822-9888 for more information. 

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