Norman Linnell, 92, of McGill, Nevada passed away April 16th, 2014. “Swede” Norman Linnell, son of Andrew & Inga Linnell, loving husband of Vivian Linnell, passed away on April 16th in Las Vegas after a long battle with cancer and congestive heart failure. He is survived by his Daughter Maureen (Richard) Carney, and Son Robert (Brenda) Linnell.  He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, and 13 great grand children.

Norm went to work originally in 1935 when he was 14 as a janitor/water boy at the McGill Club, Then went into the Armed services for 4 years during WW2 and served with India, Burma & China and came back, worked at the postal service for 6 months, but wanted to trade jobs with his brother Earling and went back to the McGill Club and was there for 72 years total.

He always helped take care of any one in McGill that was unable to do their own projects such as taking care of their yards, handy man work etc. Norman was an active member in several organizations like the Elks, Kiwanis, TV Board in White Pine County and promoted life with an abundance of energy.  He never wore down.

He helped his father build the 50 club and dug by hand a 50’ deep water well with his brothers. He helped his dad operate the Central Café (now Sportsworld).  And took care of many rental homes throughout Ely and McGill.

McGill honored him with a park dedicated in his name and honorary mayor of McGill.

Services will be April 24th  (Thursday) at 10 am – Trudy Eriqiaga Officiating.  Graveside Service and Reception to follow all at the Ely Elks Lodge on Campton Street.


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  1. Chuck & Nancy Overfelt says:

    Can’t believe Norm leaving McGill, Ne was McGill. I even remember working with his father in the smelter and Norm & I were recalled for service during the Korean war.

  2. Ron Chapel says:

    Norm was a great friend to me over the years I worked in Ely and surrounding areas He was the McGill club. Always referred to me as,, “Sewing machine Ron” every time I came in the bar. God speed Norm.

  3. betty moore says:

    I knew Norm through Hubert Ranson of Ely. I met Norm at the McGill Club several years ago when he was working there. Nice gentleman.
    Sorry for your lose.


  4. Linda Zigich says:

    Norm and Vivian were my parents (Duech and Florence Zigich) dearest friends. I grew up going to McGill Club. Such awesome memories. Sorry to hear of Norm’s passing.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Norm was a person I am glad i got to meet. My husband (Wes Allred) and I would come to McGill to visit and would always try to stop for a visit with Norm. He will be greatly missed.

  6. Sally A. Peckham says:

    Just learned of Norm’s passing. So sorry to hear! I first met Norm many years ago but didn’t really get to know him until about 8 years ago. He was always such a sweet & kind man. I’ve missed him since I left NV & am sad I’ll not see him again if/when I get back out that way.

  7. Terry Linnell says:

    Ill always remember my UNCLE Norm. He was a hard working man. His day started early driving that red truck we all knew so well. It seemed he had a route through out McGill empty trash cans, mowing lawns of people unable to do so and general handyman repairs. He would end up at his brothers Lennert and Claras home for coffee and breakfast before opening up the McGill club. Norm loved McGill and was quick to tell manny stories of years past.Iam proud to be his Nephew. Rest well UNCLE

  8. Cindy Danner says:

    Norm and my father, Wayne Sterling were friends for centuries. His family and my family enjoyed so many good times together. Maureen and I had so much fun in our childhood as baby friends and childhood friends!

    He was an incredible and one of the “Good, old Boys!”

    So sorry for your loss, Linnell’s.

    Cindy Sterling Danner

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