NORMCONCORD, N.C. – WKA is mourning the loss of 2012 World Karting Association Hall of Fame inductee Norm DeBoever of South Bend, Indiana, who passed away Saturday at his home after a long illness.

Norm was the owner of longtime WKA sponsor Target Distributing. Target sponsored a number of series and programs throughout the years, and DeBoever’s company is an active WKA’s Karting Scene advertiser and would always support the KartFest trade shows until the final KartFest in Greenville, S.C., in 2010.

DeBoever also was a championship kart racer in sprint and enduro competition. DeBoever won numerous WKA national races and championships.

In the summer of 2012 DeBoever was inducted into the WKA Hall of Fame at a Manufacturers Cup national at MRP of South Bend. WKA President Rick Dresang and MRP owner Garry Lobaugh inducted DeBoever in a surprise ceremony when a midday “drivers meeting” was called.

DeBoever also annually sponsored and arranged a Friday evening cookout when the Man Cup or Gold Cup series would come to his area for an event at South Bend.

Click here to view Norm DeBoever’s obituary.

Click here to view the 2012 WKA press release on Norm's induction into the Hall of Fame.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 11 am on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, with burial to follow in Highland Cemetery.

WKA sends its sincere condolences to Norm’s wife, Patty, and the entire DeBoever family.