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Norman GrissomPassing: July 14, 2021


Memorial Service

To be Announced


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Mitchell Cemetery

To be Announced

PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA — Norman Grissom, 91, passed away July 14, 2021 in Palm Harbor, Florida. He was born December 19, 1929 in Mitchell, IN to Dennis and Cecile (King) Grissom.

Norman was a graduate of the Mitchell High School Class of 1948, and was elected president as both his junior and senior class.

Norman was an employee/owner of the Mitchell Tribune since his high school days, where he enjoyed covering Mitchell MHS sports. A member of the United States Army, he served in Korea during the war and earned a Combat Infantryman Badge. He was a long time member of the Mitchell Lion’s Club, a fifty-plus year member of the American Legion Cecil C. Martin Post 250, and also a member of the Jasper, Florida VFW. Norman served a term on the Mitchell City Council, was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, and served as president of his state editorial association. On May 31, 1975, Norman married Becky Flick Shipman. He and Becky purchased the Mitchell Tribune in 1978 and published it until their retirement in 2003.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Cecil Grissom, his brother, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, and his sister Wilma I. Grissom Beavers.

He is survived by his wife, Becky, and their children Beth Jernigan (Victor), Ginger Janda (Jeff), Christopher Shipman (Brandy); grandchildren Dylan Kahn (Trinity), Shannon Silverman, Joseph Silverman (Kai), Alex Shipman; great-granddaughter Bex Elaine Shipman; brother, Lowell Grissom (Bobette); and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 23 at Mitchell Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

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16 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Eric Worsham | Palm Harbor, FL
    Date: August 10, 2021
    Sorry for your loss. I knew Mr. Grissom from the Palm Harbor VA where I work. We talked a lot as we were both from Indiana. He was my favorite and he will be missed!
  2. Guest: Lisa (Buck) Tincher | Orleans IN
    Date: July 30, 2021
    Becky, so sorry to hear of Norman’s passing. Prayers and love to you and your family.
  3. Guest: Pamela Ingram James | Long Beach, California
    Date: July 26, 2021
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother and Uncle sweet cousin Becky and family. May all the special memories of Norman live on in your hearts every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Our love to you all! Pammy (Ingram) James, Bryan and Elisabeth
  4. Guest: Jan Mello (Ingram) | Irvine, California
    Date: July 26, 2021
    Dear Becky, we are so very sorry to hear of Norman's passing. May your countless memories of wonderful times together make your heart and soul smile knowing how very much he was loved and loved you. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. With love and condolences now and always, Jan Mello (Ingram), Curtis, Jenny, and Garrett
  5. Guest: Jill Ingram | Irvine, California
    Date: July 25, 2021
    Dear Becky, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Norman. His obituary is a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. With love and sincere sympathy, Jill Ingram & Family
  6. Guest: Russ & Jo Martinson | Palm Harbor, Florida
    Date: July 25, 2021
    A fine neighbor and friend. Becky, we are here for you. Russ and Jo
  7. Guest: Kathy Hymore | Holiday, Florida
    Date: July 23, 2021
    Becky so sorry for your loss. Becky and Norm are very dear friends. The 4 of us enjoyed going out to eat and visiting each other so much. Norm and my deceased husband had a special relationship. We will see you again Norm.
  8. Guest: Amanda Rusk | Stinesville IN 47464
    Date: July 22, 2021
    So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Amanda Rusk Volunteer Gus Grissom Boyhood Home
  9. Guest: Keith and Karen Meier | Whiteland
    Date: July 21, 2021
    We met Norm and Becky when they were camp hosts at Hardin Ridge. Norm was a friendly and kind man we enjoyed his and Becky’s company very much. We had many enjoyable evenings by the campfire with the gang. We have not seen Norm and Becky for many years but know he will be missed. Keith and Karen Meier
  10. Guest: Michael & Marieanne Breen | Palm Harbor, Fl 34684
    Date: July 21, 2021
    We remember him for his jovial smile, his love of his wife Becky, his pride of his brother Gus. He was a very special person. We will all miss him. Our condolences to Becky and family.
  11. Guest: Julia (Johnson) Colbert | Bedford
    Date: July 20, 2021
    My deepest condolences to Becky and family. Many fond memories of Norman and Becky growing up at the Tribune. Truly Blessed to have known Norman.
  12. Guest: Mike and Rita (Ball) Ramey | Bedford, IN
    Date: July 20, 2021
    Beth, so sorry to hear about your Dad. We enjoyed visiting with him and Becky while we were in Clearwater. Of course, my dad spoke of him often, having served together in Korea. Those Mitchell guys will all be reminiscing together. Prayers to you and your family Mike and Rita (Ball) Ramey
  13. Guest: Jan grissom | Lafayette Louisiana
    Date: July 20, 2021
    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you Beth. Prayers for you all. Such a great friend. Missed seeing him every morning. I worked at the Post Offices next to the Tribune. He gave me many pictures of my family that had been in print from years ago. Norman Rest In Peace. Just a great caring person. Mitchell was blessed to have him in their community.
  14. Guest: Penny connerley wicks | Cooper, Texas
    Date: July 20, 2021
    I am so sorry to hear this sad news, he was a cousin to me through my Grt.Grandfather Garrett Stroud.
  15. Guest: Joyce Roberts | Hemet, California
    Date: July 20, 2021
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Norman. He was the husband of my cousin Becky. Fortunately we got to go to Florida and visit with them a few years ago. He will be sadly missed.
  16. Guest: BRENDA MCKAIN | Brownstown, Ind
    Date: July 20, 2021
    Becky, so sorry for your loss.