Maynard L. Norenberg, 70, of Shelby died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, due to natural causes.
A vigil service will be held at 7 p. m. Tuesday at the Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby. His funeral Mass will be held at 11 a. m., Wednesday at St. William Catholic Church in Shelby with burial to follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Maynard was born on June 22, 1936 to Ray and Cecelia (Richter) Norenberg in Havre. In 1943, his family moved to Ferdig, where he attended school. In 1948, they moved to Oilmont, where he graduated from high school in 1955. In 1956, he married Betty Lou Silberman in Shelby. He worked in the oilfields until 1958 when they moved to Shelby and Maynard worked for Hannah and Holmes as their Farm Machine Service Manager. In 1967, Maynard and Betty Lou opened Toole County Farm Implement farm machine and GMC truck dealership. In 1994, due to poor health, he retired and sold the business. He was a Marias Fair volunteer since 1958, including serving on the fair’s board of directors, serving as racing director for a time and was elected Fair Person of the Year in 1999. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Fair Association, served on the Shelby City Council from 1975-1983 and was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year. He also received a distinguished award from the Shelby Fire Department in recognition of his service to the department. He enjoyed hunting with his children and grandchildren and was famous for the jerky he made for their hunting trips. He also enjoyed spending time with his horses. He loved to follow his grandkids activities and sporting events and just spending time with all of them. The grandkids, nieces and nephews always knew they could find candy in Grandpa Maynard’s shirt pocket. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and a sister. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Norenberg of Shelby; son, Randy (Jackie) Norenberg of Somers; daughters, Vicky (Mark) Warila of Shelby and Nancy Norenberg of Boston, Mass.; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whittedfuneralchapel. com.