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Norman Wohlers

Norman Wohlers passed away Oct. 26, 2007. He was born in Powell County, Mont. in 1938.

A graveside service will begin at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. His friends are welcome.

He is survived by his children, Gloria Caruana of La Mesa, and Brice and Cady Horobin-Wohlers of Davis; his sisters, Beth Tietjen of Bosque Farms, N.M., and Mary Ann Montague of Dixon; and his grandchildren, Aubree Rose and Nicholas Caruana.

He is also survived by two half-sisters, Peggy Gow and Sandra Wohlers; a half-brother, Donnie Wohlers; six nieces and nephews; and cousins. Numerous friends are as close as siblings.

He lived on or within 20 miles of the Wohlers family's Montana homestead until he graduated from high school. In his high school years he was a gifted athlete and was Montana state champion in the backstroke. From earliest childhood he showed an aptitude for anything mechanical. Although a competent cowboy, he always preferred horse-power to horses. He teased his sisters that his horses didn't eat when he wasn't riding them. Motorcycle, motor scooter, hotrods, fast cars, motorboat, dune buggy, riding lawnmower, go cart - that's Norman.

After high school he lived in New Mexico and worked in his aunt's lumber mill before joining his brother-in-law on a highway construction crew. His mechanical talents prevailed and he qualified to drive the largest earth-moving equipment in the world at that time.

He joined his mother and younger sister in California in the late 1960s. Seeing that his dumb little sister graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor's degree in science, he decided to try college. Once started, he didn't want to quit. He finished four majors and two minors at UC Davis. He loved campus life and helped get the KDVS radio station started, including climbing the tower to put up the first broadcast antenna on the Memorial Union. He volunteered as a DJ for years and spent some of the time as station manager.

He and Joe Johnson developed the first motorcycle racetrack on campus near Putah Creek. He was a tuner and motorcycle mechanic for professional racers. He also raced as Stormin' Norman.

He lived in Davis since starting classes at UCD. His daughter, Cady Horobin-Wohlers, graduated from Davis High School and his son, Brice Horobin-Wohlers, is attending Da Vinci High School.

For the last decade he had been a very active member of the Blue Max Kart Club.

He helped plant and tend the native oaks at Grasslands Regional Park and was devastated when the county deliberately dug out 100 acres of oaks this year.

For years, he was owner and CEO of American Bio Catalysts and held several patents.

A celebration of his life will be held when it can be arranged.

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I had a great time traveling with him back to Deer Lodge and the site of the Gold Dredge in about 1961. Loved knowing he, his mother Mary and sister Mary Ann. What fond memories.

Rodney Kirk Dec 22 2007 12:00 AM

I am sending all my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May you know the peace and comfort these heartfelt thoughts impart. Actually, the ones that we love are never gone, but they live within our hearts. Norm lead an exemplary life and he will be sadly missed. I know that Norm's many friends will comfort you and strengthen you. May hope sustain you and help you ease your pain at this difficult time. Norm was a beautiiful soul who brough joy to so many, and he lived life fully. With sincere sympathy, Patti Ferreira Classmate of 1956

Patti Hopcus Ferreira Nov 11 2007 12:00 AM

I graduated with Norman in 1956 at PCHS. He never missed a class reunion. I enjoyed my visits with Norman at the reunions. You have my condolences. Lars Olsen Class of 1956 Deer Lodge, Montana

Lars Olsen Nov 7 2007 12:00 AM

Death is among the bitter realities we have to face,the best we can do is to believe in God and prepare ourselves for it all the time.May his soul rest in peace Amen.

Joseph Mabima Nov 7 2007 12:00 AM

Some friends stay with you for a life-time and bring smiles and happiness with their memories just as my classmate Norman does. A special hello to Beth whom I remember looking for 4-leaf clovers after her horse slipped out from underneath her. I'm so sorry for your loss. Shirlee

Shirlee Bennett Smith Nov 6 2007 12:00 AM

I knew Norman starting at KDVS, the UC Davis radio station. He had a golden voice and his shows were always interesting. He knew the power of silence and didn't fill the airwaves with meaningless chatter. He helped me a number of times while I was a student, a kind, generous, and very knowledgeable and skillful man. A few years later we were connected again through his acquaintance with my first wife, he was the minister at our wedding. We didn't stay in touch as much as I now wish I might have as the years went by, I thought of him as I drove by the house on Russell Blvd, looking at the sheep! May God give him his boots and saddle (motorcycle, of course) and let him roam the heavanly range.

Ira Bray Nov 2 2007 12:00 AM

Mary Ann and family, My deepest condolences to all of you for the loss of Norman.

JoAnn Pratt Nov 1 2007 12:00 AM

With great sympathy, my heart goes out to Norm's family. God Bless All. Norman was a friend and a great Class Mate. He will be missed.

Loa Gean McOmber Barnes Oct 31 2007 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all of Norm's family, especially to Cady and Brice.

Susan Goodwyn & Peter Bradlee Oct 31 2007 12:00 AM


CLARK "MOOSE" THOMAS Oct 31 2007 12:00 AM

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