A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018 11:00 AM @ Unity of Naples Church
2000 Unity Way, Naples, Florida 34112 - 239-775-3009
The family will provide a catered luncheon held immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.
(An additional Celebration of Life Service will be held in Michigan at a later date.)
Norm was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 14, 1933 to Frederick & Helen (Behm) Haustein.
Norm graduated June 1951 with Honors from Wilbur Wright High School.
In January, 1951 six months prior to graduating from Wilbur Wright, Norm was recruited by General Motors Research Laboratory under an apprenticeship program for young Engineers.
In March of 1953, heeding the call of the U.S. Military, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served his country for 4 years. Following his Basic Training, he was assigned duties as a Multi-Reciprocating Engine Flight Engineer and Jet Engine Mechanic. He achieved the rank of an E-6 Staff Sargent.
Being a deeply patriotic Veteran, Norm loved that his birthday fell on "Flag Day". He always flew the American Flag proudly!
Following his Honorable discharge on March 17th 1957, he returned to his position as a Research Test Engineer at GMC Research Laboratories. Here he was assigned to the Gas Turbine Engine program that GM was developing for automotive and bus application and worked in this division until 1971. He became involved in the development, design and testing for the RTS II Bus project. This led him to join the GM Detroit Diesel Engine Division and eventually the engineering team at GM Truck & Coach. He was responsible for many innovations and designs that were implemented by GMC. This included vehicle hot weather testing at GM’s Proving grounds during the summer in Phoenix, AZ. and cold weather testing in the winter at GM’s Proving grounds in Kapuskasing, Ontario.
Norm retired from GMC – December 31, 1983.
Following his retirement from GMC, he and Jeanie moved to Naples, Florida. He spent his retirement fishing and boating in the canal behind their home. Retirement was short lived for Norm. He joined D.L.M.A. Transportation and was Chief Development & Project Engineer for a new, low floor, inner city bus utilizing many of Norm’s patent designs. The prototype for this Bus, was built by Norm’s own hands.
In 1991, he established and was President of his own engineering consulting corporation, serving large National & International Bus manufacturers. This included NOVA Bus of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, ALTAIR Industries, Troy, MI. & Midwest Bus, Owosso, MI.
His consulting also included his involvement in major Bus re-manufacturing projects in Venezuela & Brazil.
He also did consulting work in Germany for the High Speed Trains.
Norm created several dozen designs that were patented and used throughout the transportation industry.
Norm’s Personal Life:
Norm loved boating, fishing and being on or near the water. He owned boats his entire adult life from small craft to his personally restored Chris Craft 45’ Motor Yacht named “SNOWBIRD”. He also enjoyed working on cars and found pleasure restoring and owning several classic cars throughout his life.
In the fall of 1974, at the age of 41, his life changed forever. By Divine Providence in both of their lives, Norm met the love of his life, Jeanette (Frick) Biles.
Norm cherished his “Girlfriend” Jeanie with all his heart and soul. From the day they met, theirs was a “fairy tale romance”, a love affair that lasted to his very last breath. Few couples share the deep, intimate bond these two shared.
Norm and Jeanie, along with Jeanie’s son Allen Biles, began their lives together in January of 1975. The couple married on November 25, 1978. As a couple they spent nearly 44 years creating a life of love & happiness together.
Years later, as an adult, Allen was adopted by Norm as his own son.
Always the industrious one, Norm loved working with his hands.
When not working on improvement projects around their homes, caring for their cars and boat or doing yard work & gardening, Norm stayed active and busy planning future improvement projects.
He was a dedicated and beloved Grandfather to Allen’s 6 children. He taught them fishing and how to clean the fish. Some of the Grandkids won awards in local fishing contests! He also demonstrated to them the importance of having pride of ownership in your home & cars.
He Loved the Christmas Holidays! He and Jeanie were known for the beautiful Holiday lighting and decorating of their home. Every year on Christmas Eve, Norm enjoyed reading “Twas The Night Before Christmas” to his Grandchildren. A precious memory that his family will cherish, always. He also enjoyed decorating for Birthday parties and celebrating happy moments with friends and family.
Norm’s Final Years:
In April, 2015 his devoted wife Jeanie, became his full time caregiver, tending to his needs 24/7. Due to the advanced stages of Pulmonary Fibrosis, Norm’s health had deteriorated and AVOW Hospice was called upon. A Hospital bed was set up in their Bedroom, where he lived out the remaining years of his life.
Norm could always been seen with a smile, never complaining or expressing anything but kindness and joy. He was always kind and loving to all his caregivers. Everyone who cared for Norm or visited remarked at what a joyful, kind man he was. His bright blue eyes always had a sparkle of life in them.
Being a goal setter and achiever, Norm set goals that he wanted to live to attain during these final years.
One of the most recent came on June 14th this year. He joyfully celebrated his 85th birthday with friends and family gathered around his bedside, enjoying birthday cake and fellowship.
Always quick witted and sharp minded, even in his weakened state, he got everyone laughing and filled the room with his joy.
In the early morning hours of June 27th, 2018, wrapped in the arms of his beloved Jeanie with his son Allen by his side, Norm passed peacefully into the arms of our Loving Lord and Saviour Jesus. Thus ending his very long struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved and deeply devoted wife, Jeanie (Jeanette Frick-Biles) his loving son, Allen L. Biles, along with 5 living grandchildren, Allen L. Biles II (Angela) of Lapeer, MI, Steven Biles of Tacoma, WA., Christopher (McKenzie) Biles of Minot, ND., Kevin (Millie) Biles of New York City, NY., Lydia (Rick) Biles-Pavesich of Genesee, MI., 13 Great Grandchildren; Trinity, Jaiden, Zackery, Devon, Jeffery, Cierra, Gloria, Timothy, Graysen, Hunter, Zander, Joshua & Kenny; beloved brother-in-law: Roger (Karen) Frick of Homosassa, FL., sisters-in-law: Joyce (Frick) Hoffman of Homosassa, FL, Marlene (Frick) Torretti of Altamonte Springs FL.along with many Nieces, Nephews, family members and friends. Norman is preceded in death by his parents & brother Frederick E. Haustein, two grandchildren; Adam C. Biles (1983) and Andrea C. (Biles) Roark (2015).
The family is thankful for the support and kind, compassionate home care that has been given to Norm, during his long illness by the staff of AVOW Hospice of Naples, FL. Memorial donations may be made to AVOW Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL. 34105