Norman E. Bullock, 86, died at his Michigan home on June 19, 2013. He lived in Oak Park from 1965 until 1985. He raised his children here and was very active at the local tennis club. Born on July 17, 1926 in Davison, Mich., he lived most of his early life in Flint and graduated from Flint Technical High School in 1944. He immediately entered the Navy and served until 1945, then took advantage of the GI bill to attend Michigan State University. After graduating with a business degree, he found a career in sales and marketing in the new television industry in Chicago. Later he obtained an M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
An entrepreneur, he created inventions and novel business ideas in many different fields. His creativity, enthusiasm for new ideas and passion for history were evident in his frequent contributions to the opinion pages of local and national publications. He published an anthology of his writings in 2002, titled The Quest for Cultural Literacy and another in 2003, Setting the World Right.
He was a member of Mensa International, an avid tennis and handball player, and continued playing both well into his 80s.
Norman Bullock is survived by his wife, Anneke Bullock, whom he married in 1981; his children, Elyse (Tom) Lewis, Randall (Anne) Bullock, and Matthew (Jana) Bullock; his stepdaughter, Monique (Joe) Talbot; and his grandchildren, Nathan, Ian, Emma, Emily, Stephanie, Matthew, Marissa, Alec, Tara, and Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Bullock and Gertrude Ivory Bullock; and his siblings, Allen and Louise Bullock Hill.
A memorial service will be held on June 30 at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 220 W. Nepessing in Lapeer, Mich. Memorial donations may be made to the Flint, Mich. YMCA.
Arrangements were handled by Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 810-664-8111.