John Russell Norman, 86


On 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) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.