Norman Eugene Needs

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Norman Eugene Needs of rural Cherokee, age 47, passed away Sunday morning, June 26, 2016 due to injuries received in a bicycle accident.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 30th, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with the family present from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a prayer service and time of sharing memories at 8 p.m. at the funeral home Online condolences can be left at

Norman was born on August 12, 1968 at Red Oak, Iowa to Donald & Lorena (Miles) Needs. He attended schools in Stanton, Nishna Valley, Klemme, Storm Lake and and graduated from Willow Community School in 1988. He attended Northwest Missouri State University. Norman had worked at IBP in Storm Lake for 20 years, worked construction, drove truck, and was currently employed at Wells Blue Bunny in LeMars, Iowa. He was affiliated with the Catholic Church. He was a member of the N.R.A., Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. Norman enjoyed fishing, hunting deer, duck, goose, turkey, and elk; mushroom hunting; was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan and loved riding his bicycle on RAGBRAI.

Norman was preceded in death by his mother, Lorena Needs and a sister, Teresa Lorena (Mercer) Pickavel.

He is survived by his son, Leandro Giovanni Marin Needs of Storm Lake, his daughter Josephine; his father and step-mother, Donald and Jean Needs of Quimby; siblings Don (Kit) Mercer of Cadillac, Michigan, Regina (Howard) Bergmen of Elkhorn, Nebraska, Alicia (Paul) McGraw of Marshalltown; Phillip (Armi) Mercer of Los Angeles, California, Rebecca Mercer of Santa Barbara, California, LaDonna (Berl) Wilcox of Fort Madison, Iowa, Darwin (Lori) Needs of LeMars, Robin (Rick) Steffen of Rifle, Colorado and Cynthia Larson of Alta; three step-brothers: David Gehrke of Spirit Lake, Randy Gehrke of Des Moines and Tim (Lynora) Gehrke of Larrabee; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.