Joel Norberg

Joel Norberg

Memorial service for Joel Norberg will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Central Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Clem officiating.

Joel Andrew Norberg went home to Jesus on August 30, 2021.  He was born to Lula L. (Austin) and Carl Norberg on February 25, 1953 in Hot Springs, SD, and was taken home to a log cabin with a dirt floor and wood stove in nearby Pringle, SD.  He lived there with his parents and brother and sister, Lee and Christine, until 1962 when the family moved to Gillette, WY.

Gillette was to be Joel’s home for the rest of his life, where he worked in the oilfields for many different companies. On October 14,, 1987, Joel married Gail Anne Cruse, and they had one son, Austin Charles Norberg, who was the light of Joel’s life.

As a family they spent much time fishing, hunting, camping, driving back roads through the Big Horns and Black Hills and visiting neighbors and friends.  Joel loved playing golf with Austin and his friends and watching Austin’s soccer and football games all through grade school, high school and college.

At age 42, Joel decided to go to college to get his engineering degree and graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines with a mining engineering degree. It was a challenge to change careers, but Joel was not one to avoid challenges.

Joel was a gentle, loving soul and had the rare quality of knowing how to be a true friend.  He loved to visit and discuss history, politics or tell colorful stories of his life in the oil/natural gas fields of the Powder River Basin and other areas of Wyoming during the boom years.

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Joel is survived by his wife, Gail who lives in Gillette, and his son, Austin and wife Haley (Goode) who make their home Richmond, Kentucky.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at


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