Norman S. Hand, 80, of Adrian, passed away on May 5, 2020. He grew up in Tecumseh, served in the Army in the 1950s, owned and ran an auto repair shop in Watsonville, California, in the 1960s, and raised a family in Onsted. Norman worked at Peerless Gear in Clinton for many years until it closed and served as a union steward. He continued working in machine shops in the area, was well respected by his managers and peers, and often mentored others in how to work and repair the machines. “Norm,” as he was affectionately known by many, was an avid hunter and fisherman, often going hunting and fishing with his brothers and sister. He frequented local flea markets and auctions and actively traded on eBay. He also enjoyed working on the family genealogy. Norman always had multiple projects going on, from rebuilding cars, trucks and farm equipment, to rehabilitating antique Civil War era handguns and home remodeling projects. (He even occasionally finished some of them!) Norman was an avid reader of western novels, especially those by Louis L’Amour, and his varied magazine subscriptions included hunting, fishing, hot rods, residential architecture, and the Mother Earth News. Norman is survived by his brother Larry (Ruth) Hand of Adrian; his sons Anthony (“Tony”) Hand of San Jose, California, and Scott Hand of Tecumseh; ex-wife Lucinda Miller Hand of Tecumseh; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Beatrice Hand; four brothers, Merrit Hand, Kenneth Hand, Jr., Jerry Hand, and Robert Hand; and his sister, Carol Hand. Due to the current pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later time. Private services will be held with immediate family, and burial will be at Lenawee Hills Memorial Gardens in Tecumseh. In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree in Norman’s memory by visiting the online store.
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