Norman Kadell Lopuson passed away in hospice care on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023 after a hard fought battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Eugene, Oregon, on Jan. 5, 1941 to Alex and Nadyne.
As a boy he was a fan of all things planes, trains, Cub Scouts and Roy Rogers. As an adult, he was a fan of all things volleyball, biking, pool playing and craft beer.
Kadell was loved, admired and respected by many. And although he was a man of few words, his actions spoke volumes.
Without a doubt, he was a hard worker. He worked at Raytheon, Santa Barbara Research, M&F Meat Packing, and Coors distributing until landing at old Country Bakery, where he worked driving the bread truck until retirement. He never, ever called in sick or complained about the early morning hours.
Kadell was also a good friend to many people. He always regaled his stories of antics and adventures with the “Barger Boys” from his 1959 class at South Eugene High School.
He came down to Santa Barbara to visit a couple of them on a beautiful sunny Christmas Day and realized that this city was where he wanted to be. The years went by, but the “Barger Boys” continued to reunite in Las Vegas every so often.
Kadell was an amazing Dad. We have fond memories of road trips to Eugene every summer to visit family and friends. We were regulars at Spikers volleyball games and always up early for the best seats at AVP beach tournaments.
He loved riding and fixing up his bicycle and we would sometimes bike with him.
He loved being “Papa” to grandchildren Madison and Mason. He was always supportive, encouraging and present in our lives. Even if he was outside tinkering in the garage or sweeping (other favorite activities) we knew where to find him.
As Kadell got older and his participation in sports ended, he discovered the joys of craft breweries. He loved road trips to Oregon and Colorado that allowed him to search out up and coming breweries.
Bellying up to the bar for a cold IPA (and undoubtedly shoving a stack of coasters into his pocket at the same time) was his favorite thing. We ask that next time you are enjoying a cold beverage raise your glass to Kadell!
Left behind to tell stories and laugh are Diane; daughters Danna (Tim) and Kristin; grandkids Maddie and Mason; sisters Gaynell and Donnette; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life in January 2024.