Dec. 12, 2012 John Russell Norman of the town of Trenton passed away at
the age of 86. He was born in New York City, the only child of Samuel R.
Norman from Fairland, Ill. and Ruth Benstead from New York. He is
survived by his wife of 44 years, Arlene Latour Norman from Worcester,
Mass. and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Mr. Norman was educated in the New York school system, graduating from
Peter Stuyvesant High School before entering the Army during World War
II. There he served with the 41st Infantry Division during the invasion
of the Island of Mindanao and the battle for Zamboanga in the southern
Philippines. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, Purple Heart and
other decorations for his actions in combat. At the war’s end he was
stationed in Hiroshima, Japan during the early occupation.
Upon returning home he attended the University of Illinois for one
semester before transferring to New York University where he received a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Technology. At that time he began
his career as a chemist in the R&D laboratory of Interchemical
Corporation in New Jersey. After a series of promotions in the
laboratory he moved up to hold technical, sales and general management
positions within the company.
In the mid-1970s he accepted a position as technical director for Dayton
Press, which at the time was the world’s largest publication printing
plant with over 6,000 employees. When the plant closed down in 1980, he
moved to Wisconsin and became the branch manager for Sun Chemical
Corporation in Menomonee Falls.
Mr. Norman was active over the years in a number of professional
organizations and served as the Board of Director of the National
Association of Photo-lithographers in Boston. He was involved with the
Boston Printing House Craftsmen, Gravure Technical Foundation and the
Chemists’ Circle. After retirement he became very active in Trenton town
government serving nine years on the Plan Commission, and several terms
as a supervisor on the Town Board. Mr. Norman started the town of
Trenton newsletter and served as the town emergency management director
and cable chairman.
Mr. Norman was an Endowment member of the National Rifle Association,
Member and past board director of the Wisconsin Chapter of Safari Club
International and a member of the West Bend Barton Sportsman’s Club. He
was a member of several veterans’ groups including the American Legion,
Veterans of Foreign Wars and the 41st Infantry Division Association.
Mr. Norman was an active man with many outside interests. He was a
licensed pilot and airplane owner, sports car enthusiast, and enjoyed
sailing, trout fishing and skiing. However, his prime passion was
marksmanship, shooting and hunting. He had the opportunity to travel and
hunt with Arlene on numerous trips in the Western U.S., Alaska, Canada,
South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Poland,
Germany and Czechoslovakia.
A funeral service for John will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15,
2012 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West
Bend, with the Rev. William Swanger presiding. Visitation will be from
1-2:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment
will take place at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon, Mass.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262)