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Michigan official Norm Perttunen dies at 80

December 15, 2015

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Longtime Michigan-based horseman Norman S. Perttunen, who most recently worked as patrol judge at Hazel Park Raceway, died Sunday, Dec. 13, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 80.

Mr. Perttunen was proud of his Finnish heritage and his military service. He was born on March 21, 1935 in Mass City, Mich., to Oiva and Annie (Marttila) Pertunnen. Mr. Pertunnen was united in marriage to Dorothy Henderson in Topeka, Kans., on March 19, 1955.

In 1990 Mr. Perttunen received a heart transplant and he survived for more than 25 years thanks to the care of his doctors and the donor.

Mr. Perttunen is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Eric (Lorie) and Markus; three grandchildren, Ashley, Ryan and Emma; brother, Lanny (Sylvia) and sister, Christine Manners. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oiva and Annie; son, John; brothers, Harry, Royce and Melvin; and sister Sharon Washburn.

Private services will be held at a later date with burial at Maple Grove.

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