Norman K. McMahan
Norman K. McMahan
  • April 30, 1918 - December 31, 2015
  • Randle, Washington

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Norman Koher McMahan, 97, of Randle, died on Dec. 31, 2015, from congestive heart failure.
He was born on April 30, 1918, to Clarence and Clare (Koher) McMahan in Randle. He attended Randle High School in Randle and Washington State College before joining the Army Air Corps on Sept. 2, 1941, leaving for Egypt on July 23, 1942. He was a prisoner of war in Stalage 17B in Krems, Australia for just less than three years.
He married Frances Lois Pittman on Dec. 26, 1945, in Randle.
He worked as a fire lookout, for the CCC and Washington State Road Department. He was the owner/operator for the family dairy in Randle, which is now operating with the sixth generation.
Norman loved the great outdoors for work and pleasure. He enjoyed getting to the top of a mountain, hunting, fishing, berry picking, building, farming, family and working with wood.
Norman was a member of the Randle United Methodist Church and spent many years starting the furnace early in the morning for church service.
As a strong supporter of his community, he served as a volunteer firefighter and was an avid sports fan. The image that all will remember is Norman in the stands supporting his team of any age and any sport while often helping the officials do their job.
Norman enjoyed storytelling - he could listen and tell stories for hours, though often getting so tickled, he couldn't get his story out.
Norman served his family, county and God well.
Norman is survived by his wife, Frances Pittman McMahan; son Bill (Laura) McMahan of Randle; daughter Marilyn (Ed) Davis of Adna; son Ross (LeAnna) McMahan of Randle; son Jake (Carrie) McMahan of Randle; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and admirers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Clara McMahan; brothers Glen, Paul and Jim McMahan; and a son Allen "Butch" McMahan.
Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Randle United Methodist Church, 116 Kindle Rd., in Randle with Pastor Dennis Degener officiating. A reception will follow the Randle United Methodist Church.
Services are under the direction of Brown Mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to the White Pass Scholarship fund.
Norman's family would like to thank the staff of Providence Centralia for their loving, compassionate and respectful care of Norman and the family.