It is with great regret that I announce the passing of Norman Leaf. Norman was born on Dec 11, 1945. He lived during his childhood on a farm in Storm Lake, Iowa. He had a wonderful group friends in High School that he maintained with lifelong communication until the end. Norm was a great friend and co-worker. He was a highly motivated individual with a strong moral compass. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1968 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and came to work in St Louis for the McDonnell Aircraft Company. Norm was a Structural Designer throughout his career. His designs led to several patents. He worked in Commercial aircraft (DC-10), Tactical aircraft (F-15 and F/A-18) and in Advanced Design. Norm’s favorite program was the Bird of Prey, a special project funded by McDonnell Douglas. Norm had a large contribution to the aircraft structure and was proud of the design he created. That aircraft is hanging in the Dayton Air Force Museum. Norm journeyed there several times to see it. He retired after over 40 years of service.
He was married to the love of his life, Linda, for 42 years until her death in 2012. Norm’s close friend, Coach, performed the wedding ceremony in 1970. Norman dearly loved Linda and the two would drive out into the countryside together for hikes and picnics. Norm was an avid car enthusiast and rebuilt his first car, a 1964 Oldsmobile 442. Later in life, Norm purchased BMW and Mercedes luxury cars but his favorite car remained his Corvette.
Norm enjoyed the great outdoors. He would sit on his sundeck at his weekend retreat in Innsbrook enjoying a summer day. He enjoyed going for a walk with his friends at least 3 times per week. When he was younger, he enjoyed bike riding for 20 miles, then relaxing in his backyard with a cool, well deserved beer.
Later in life, Norm toured the United States, visiting most of the National Parks. Eventually, he toured the world, visiting every continent including Antarctica with his companion, and dear friend, Ellen.
Norm and Linda had no children. He is survived by his closest relatives Mark, his nephew, and Jean, his niece. Norm and Linda had strong values to support the community. Norm volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels for many years.
There will be no visitation for Norman per his request. He will be cremated. Norm will be sorely missed.