Kent Alan Norris

Kent Alan Norris, age 58, of Tecumseh passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 21 under Hospice of Lenawee at home with family by his side. He had been bravely battling cancer for the past 21 months. He was born March 1, 1961 in Hillsdale, Mich., to William and Marilee (Wyatt) Norris. He was a 1979 graduate of Tecumseh High School and attended Michigan State University and Washtenaw Community College, earning a degree in respiratory therapy.  

Kent was employed byOakwood Beaumont Hospital Systems for 35 years. He married Dawn Yasenchak on September 27, 1985 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carleton, Mich., and she survives with their two daughters, Dr. Stephanie Norris and Erica (Kyle) Norris, both of Ann Arbor, Mich.; two sisters, Sue Samelak of Tecumseh, Mich., and Cherie (Dave) Bugeaud of Saline, Mich.; nephew, Michael Bugeaud; niece, Allison (Rory) Cummings; and father- and mother-in-law Lenny and Dolores Yasenchak of Britton, Mich.  

Kent’s two daughters were his pride and joy of which he enjoyed attending all their sporting events, in addition to coaching their fastpitch travel teams and watching them complete their college educations.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing and chartering on the Great Lakes in his earlier years. Vacations on Lake Michigan and the Traverse City area were also enjoyed. He was a great fan of Michigan State basketball and football. During his battle with cancer he always looked forward to spending Fridays with his good friend Tom Maves.

Visitation for Kent will be on Friday, May 24, from 3-8 p.m. at the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Home. The funeral service will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Rich Rentner officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for their daughter’s genetic medical care.

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