Norma's Story

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NAPLES, FLA. - Norma passed away Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at home at age 82. Norma was born Nov. 18, 1933 at home, in Fairmount, to Wesley T. and Mildred Richter. She was baptized in February of 1934 by Rev. W.L. Blackwill in Oakwood. On May 25th, 1951, Norma was declared a graduate of Oakwood Township High School. In the year of 1952, on June 26 she married Lloyd W. McVey, in Oakwood, by Minister Clifford Bruner.
Norma and Lloyd would be together for the next 58 years, every one of them perfect in the way only they knew how. He preceded her in 2010.
Norma is survived by her son, Larry W. McVey and his wife, Correna; grandchildren: Sarah Yeager, Krista Cole, Kari Simpson, Keith McVey, Shannon Krauel, Trisha Poullird and Tom Krauel; and great-grandchildren: Alexis Cole, Hunter Cole and Gage Simpson.
Norma is also survived by her loving sisters, Ethel Eichorist and Linda Richter; big brothers, Tommy and Bobby Richter and his wife, Karen; as well as his brother-in-law, Dean McVey and wife, Charlotte.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Cleta Fern Richter, Dorothy Mitchel, Margaret Hersh; and brothers: Howard and Frank Richter; and her son, Lloyd McVey Jr.
In 1960, Norma and Lloyd started McVey Trucking in Oakwood, with one dodge semi and dump trailer. Over the years, they built the company up to over 100 pieces of rolling stock and hauled many products all over the nation.
In 1982, Lloyd and Norma's business was listed on the Forbes Top 500 Largest Trucking Companies in the United States. Norma would do all the hard tasks behind the scenes while Lloyd did the rest. By doing so, she kept her husband on the right track and their efforts made the company as successful as it was.
Norma was a woman of many talents, but was humble and never asked for help. Instead she would help anyone including employees, family and especially her children - when they needed it the most.
Her hobbies included: reading, playing cards, puzzles and collecting dolls.
Norma & Lloyd drag raced during the 1960's and owned the "Invader", a 1968 "Hemi" dart car, that was a terror on the NHRA tracks around the country. In 1971, Norma and Lloyd decided to stop racing and pursue a new hobby called "tractor pulling" in Illinois at first and later with the NTPA around the nation. Together, they would build a tractor that was like them, one-of-a-kind & unique, powerful but always humble, polished & refined. Norma named it the "Super Banana". With Norma's firm hand behind the scenes and Lloyd's talent to get it done, the two as husband and wife were a force to be reckoned with. To this day, their legacy will live on in the history of pulling.
With all the things Norma and her beloved Lloyd have done over the years, they have lived a great life.
In 1988, Norma and Lloyd moved to Naples, Fla. They decided to sell McVey Trucking, stop racing and pulling and slow down. Together they built their dream home and never looked back.
In 1990, they started OTS Trucking in Naples, running 42 trucks which helped build I-75/Alligator Ally and dozens of other projects in South Florida. During this time, Norma was busy and happy. Lloyd had Norma, but all who knew her knew she had Lloyd.
On Aug. 5, 2010, Norma lost the most precious thing in her life. Lloyd went to God because God needed him home. She was alone for the first time in 58 years. Norma, being so strong, lived a happy life knowing that one day God would call her home too, and once again be with her Lloyd, walking, talking and laughing with that laugh of hers. They are together, hand in hand, doing it their way.
Norma wishes were to be cremated and be united with Lloyd's ashes. She did not want a funeral. Her only request for those who knew her was to enjoy all the memories of Norma and Lloyd, laughing and just having fun . . . doing it their way.
Lloyd and Norma will be spread over the United States where they trucked, raced, pulled and made untold friends in God's land. She will be missed by all. Norma is happy now as Lloyd has just pulled in with the truck in heaven.
Published on November 3, 2016
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