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READFIELD -- Norman C. Colter, 81, loving husband, father and grandfather, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta after a 23-year battle with cancer.

Norman was born in Houlton on June 26, 1931, son of the late Harold and Mae (Dunphy) Colter.

Norman graduated high school at Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army, where he served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.

After his honorable discharge from the service, he became deputy sheriff of Aroostook County and was a prison guard and policeman in Jackson, Mich.

In his 30s, Norman returned to school, achieving his associate degree at Jackson Community College and his bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University.

Norman taught criminal justice at Merrimack Community College in St. Louis, Mo., for 22 years, during which time he took a three-year leave of absence to venture to Vietnam, acting as a public safety adviser at the police academy in Saigon. He retired from teaching as a full professor.

A man with a strong faith in God, Norman was a member of Dunn's Corner Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. He was also a charter member of Gateway Athletics in St. Louis and the St. Louis Track Club.

Norman was an avid golfer and was very active in the outdoors. He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement in Maine and loved his retirement home, but neither superseded the love he had for his grandson, Charlie.

Norman was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty Ann" Colter; and three brothers, Gene, Clifford and Bev Colter.

He is survived by his son and daughter, Greg Colter, and wife Kathleen, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Marianne Weinstein, of Readfield; one brother, Wendell Colter, of Mount Vernon; five sisters, Connie Friel and husband Al, of New Limerick, Pat Gentle and family, of Houlton, Bea Diede, of Colorado, Phyllis Byron, of Millinocket, and Hazel Cote, of Portland; his grandson and the apple of his eye, Charlie Lewis Weinstein; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Norman's life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Dunn's Corner Baptist Church, Mount Vernon. Committal prayers and interment with full military honors will be held graveside at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the new Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Norman's memory may be made to Dunn's Corner Baptist Church, c/o John Dunn Jr., 120 Pine Tree Road, Litchfield, ME 04350.

Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop.

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Published in Kennebec Journal on Nov. 3, 2012
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