Norman Hicks Mansfield
Norman Hicks Mansfield, 92, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 1, entering peacefully into eternal rest at his home in San Antonio. He was born in Bandera on July 7, 1921, on Cherry Street to Henry Lee and Clara Mansfield, who owned a ranch in Tarpley and a meat market in Bandera.
Norman had a long and fascinating life filled with great friends and fine people. He loved his family and was proud of all of their accomplishments.
Norman graduated from Texas A&M University in 1943 with a degree in petroleum engineering. In World War II, he served as a lieutenant in ordinance and was responsible for keeping the tanks repaired and moving across France and Germany under the command of General George Patton.
Airplanes became a necessity when Norman entered into the oil and gas business because of the large multi-state area he served on a regular basis. He also served as a deputy sheriff in the Aviation Division of the Harris County Sheriff's Department.
Norman always had a song in his heart; a smile for everyone; a story, if a person had time and laughter; and a love for those who were close to him. He said he was ready to be with the Lord as he had accepted him as his savior. Old time hymns and music were a special joy as Norman's voice was strong and beautiful.
He grew up in Tarpley and, as an adult, resided in Houston, San Antonio and Lakehills. In his later years, Norman lived on the shores of Medina Lake.
He was active in politics and community activities - many of which he filmed and narrated. A host of parades, rodeos, barbeques, cooking contests and parties made their way into his film collection.
Norman belonged to the Medina Lake Betterment Association, American Legion, Bandera Chamber of Commerce and the Bandera County Historical Commission. He was also a member of the Lakehills United Methodist Church.
After the war, Norman donated building materials to the Tarpley Baptist Church. His mother had a special place in her heart for the church and both she and Norman were dedicated to assisting maintain the church and help it prosper.
The Mansfields arrived in the Hill Country in the mid-1850s. Norman was a fourth generation Bandera County resident. His grandfather, Andrew Lee Mansfield, served for many years as Bandera County Judge. Norman's grandson is named after his great-grandfather.
Norman is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann DeWerff-Mansfield; sister Eva Marie Evans of Blue Springs, Missouri; three children from his first marriage, John Steven Mansfield and his wife, Kathleen Lloyd, of Pine Mountain Club, California; Michael Lee Mansfield and his wife, Linda Mansfield, of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; and Dawn Elise Mansfield of San Antonio; and six grandchildren, Kelley Mansfield, Devyn Mansfield, Sean Jenvay, Leah Mansfield, Michaela Mansfield and Andrew Lee Mansfield. Norman took exceptional pride in talking about his grandchildren's interesting escapades at school, traveling or hunting.
He will be buried in the Bandera Cemetery with a memorial service scheduled at a later date.
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Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.