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15 ! to O ol In Memory Norman Harding Muck, 93, of Lincoln, born September 28, 1921 in Jefferson City, Missouri, died at Springfield Janu 19, 2015 after an extended illness. Norman is sur- vived by his wife, Norma Park Muck; children - Kaellyn Arch (Terry) and Douglas Muck (Laurie); grandchil- dren - Brittany Pham (Alex), Jennifer Ardrey (Chris), Kathryn Muck, Jona- than Taylor Muck and Jacquelyn Ol- ivia Muck; great grandchild - Logan Pham and his sister- Jewel Goodall. His parents, a sister, Carolina Egg- ers, and his brother, Oscar W. Muck, preceded Norman in death. Norman, the third child of Martha and Oscar Muck, grew up and attend- ed elementary and high school in Jef- ferson City, MO. Norman loved music and became an accomplished trum- pet player, playing professionally in Vaudeville and dance clubs while at- tending the University of Missouri at Columbia, where he met his beloved wife, Norma Park of Mt. Pulaski with whom he married January 20, 1944. Norman volunteered and joined the United States Navy during WWH, serving two years as chief clerk to Admiral Chester Nimitz in the Pacific war arena. After his honorable mili- tary discharge in late 1946, Norman and his bride settled in Lincoln, with Norrfian accepting employment with the Rocky Ford Limestone Company where he quickly become manager of the successful family business, help- ing it grow and serve Logan County until selling the company in 1977 to Martin Marietta Corp. In the early 1960s, Norman Muck and nine friends and business associ- ates founded Logan County Bank in Lincoln. Norman served as President and Board Chairman of the bank, di- recting its highly successful opera- tions for many years until selling the company to Town and Country Ban- carp Of Springfield in 1984. Norman served his community as Board Member of First United Meth- odist Church, President of the Lin- coln Chamber of Cofimaerce, Trustee Board Member of Lincoln College, Director of Lincoln Kiwanis Club, President of the Logan County Shrine Club and President of the Lo- gan County Parks and Trails Foun- dation, of which he was a founding board member. Norman is a 60-year- member of Lincoln American Legion Post 263 and Lincoln Masonic Lodge 210, where he achieved his 32nd Masonic Degree, and is a 50 year member of Lincoln Commandery #51, KT Ansar Temple, and Lincoln Elks Club 914. The Lincoln College Board of Trustees elected Norman a Lincoln College Trustee Emeritus in July 2014. Norman also served on the Board of Directors of W.D. Boyee Boy Scout Council and as Scoutmaster of Lincoln Scout Troop 102 for many years. Nationally, Nor- man served as President of the United States Limestone Producers Associa- tion. Norman and his wife, Norma, re- tired to Naples, FL where he greatly enjoyed playing golf and socializing with friends, particularly fellow retir- ees at the Royal Poinciana Golf Club and Quail Creek Country Club. Nor- man and Norma traveled frequently, visiting Europe, China, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Alaska and other destinations. An avid fisherman and boating enthusiast, Norman loved his annual fishing trips to W'flson's Rocky Lake Camps near Kenora, Ontario. Nor- man's son, son-in-law, grandson, and many friends accompanied him on those trips; creating treasured memo- ties and enduring friendships. Norman made friends everywhere he traveled and he took great plea- sure in helping others succeed, acting as financial and personal adviser for many. Norman's business office door was always open. A big fan of Harry Truman, Norman embraced the idea that "the buck stops here," and ap- phed his skills and knowledge for the betterment of his fellow man. Nor- man's honesty, generosity and knack for success earned him the admiration of his many friends and business as- sociates. Norman's wit and wisdom will be greatly missed. Funeral Services were Saturday, January 24 at the First United Meth- odist Church, Lincoln. Memorials: First United Method- ist Church of Lincoln or the Lincoln College Norman Muck Memorial Scholarship Fund. Arrangements were entrusted to Fricke - Calvert - Schrader Funeral Home. Council votes to raise water rotes Cont'd from page 3 Councilmember Darrell Knauer said that if the rates were not increased on the cus- tomers that used large amounts of water, then there would have to be an additional surcharge placed on everyone's water bill to meet the cost of the work being done on the water tower. Mayor Jim Fuhrer agreed with Darrell. The motion was made by John Utterback and seconded by Pete Howe to increase the city water rate to $4 per 1000 gallons of water on all water usage over 5000 gallons. On the vote, Sue Stewart voted no. Councilmem- bar Randy Reeter was absent. The Council approved the water rate increase. Water customers that use less thma 5000 gallons of water per month will not see a change in their water bills at this time. Street Banners Councilmember Joyce Max- heimer presented the council with information concerning the replacement of banners on streetlights around the court- house square. Extreme Graph- ics of Springfield had several types of banners the city could purchase. After a discussion, the Council decided to start out buying two banners that are double-sided and cost $210.70 each. The banners each come with all equipment needed to install them and they have a war- ranty. If the banners proved to be as satisfactory as they appear, two more banners will be pur- chased after June. This would place a banner at each comer of the courthouse square. Rather than have seasonal banners, it was decided to order banners with the silhouette of Lincoln on them due to their location on the courthouse square. In other business - Chief Lynn Freer reported that he had completed the 2014 report for Police Depart- ment activity. The report is in this issue of the paper. He also said that two vehicles had been seized during traffic stops. Once all paperwork is completed, and the cars are sent to auction, there is an expectation that the city can receive $4000 for both of them. Jeff Anderson reported that employees were tarring the seams in the streets. They are also working on equipment .and waiting for snow. City Treas. Jim " Sutton repotted the city had received between January 14 and 2T h $44,288.47. He said a majority was from the 1% share of the November state sales tax. City Consulting Engineer Grog Gustafson updated the Council on the two projects he is working on: Railroad permits have been received on the force main work to be done this year. The city will have a permanent life- time lease for 1403 feet along the Canadian National Railway right of way. The lifetime lease will cost $16,415. In addition there is a utility locate permit that the city will pay $250 for. An additional expense that is not known at this time will be for a flagman from fhe railroad to be present on days when the city is working along the rail- road right-of-way on the force main project. As for the water tower, Grog reported that seven contractors are holding plans for the project. The exact cost of the project will be known after the February 27 bid opening at Greg's office. Councilmember Sue Stewart said the council should discuss re-establishing permanent com- mittees of Council members so that future dty projects could be reviewed and discussed and regular reports of progress given to the entire Council at its meetings. Mayor Jim Fuhrer agreed to consider reestablish- ing the committees. Currently the only permanent committee is the police department com- mittee. The next city Council meeting is 6:30 PM Tuesday, February 10 in Mount Pulaski City Hall