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Norman Newton Menser, 78, of Russellville, formerly of Versailles, died at 11:20 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. He was born Nov. 20, 1937, in Charleston, Kentucky, to M. Leslie and Lois Fisher Menser. He married Janet Divine Menser on Jan. 31, 1960, and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Don (Colleen) Menser of Sykesville Md., Dave (Karen) Menser of Versailles, and Tim (Jill) Menser of Owensboro; eight grandchildren, Wes (Stephanie) Menser, JD (Laura Beth) Menser, Derek Menser, Laura Beth (Ross) Ragsdale, Tori (Mark) Kennedy, Stephanie (Tyler) Ghee, Zac Menser, Will Menser, Megan (Darrin) Mummert and Devan Stickland; four great-grandchildren Macy and Toby Ragsdale, and Kyle and Connor Kennedy; a sister, Evelyn Simpson of Danville; and several nephews and nieces. Norman's parents, Leslie and Lois Menser, a sister, Lorene Sparks, and a brother Jewell Menser, preceded him in death. Norman graduated from Bremen High School in Muhlenberg County in 1957 and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 1960. Upon graduation, Norman and Janet were married and moved to Cincinnati Ohio, where they lived until 1964 when they moved to Louisville, where Norman was employed at American Standard. While employed at American Standard, he developed a method of imparting anti-skid surfaces to bathtubs, for which a patent was awarded. In 1969, Norman accepted the position of Chief Mechanical Engineer at ITW in Russellville. While there, Norman developed new and improved methods of manufacturing heat treated fasteners. When ITW closed its Russellville facility in 1991, Norman took early retirement and became the state inspector for healthcare facilities in Kentucky, where he worked for 14 years until his retirement from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services in 2005. In 2010, Norman was presented the inaugural "Norman N. Menser Award" for dedicated service to the Kentucky healthcare design and construction profession by the Kentucky Society for Heathcare Engineers (KSHE). Since that date, KSHE has presented the Norman N. Menser Award to individuals who have made a positive contribution to the improvement of healthcare buildings in Kentucky. Norman grew up on a farm and loved to work in his garden and his yard. He also loved his church family at Post Oak Baptist Church, where he was a longtime member. Over the years he served in many capacities, to include Sunday School Superintendent and Upward Football Commissioner. He was also active in many civic organizations, having served on the Russellville City Council, the Planning and Zoning Board, and the local Optimist Club, where he served as chapter president. He was a former local business owner, managing the Russellville Montgomery Ward store. He also volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity and Kentucky Changers. During the '70s, he served as videographer for the Russellville High School football program. He was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and had a lifelong passion for western movies. Most of all Norman enjoyed spending time with his family. Services were conducted Friday, March 25, at the Young Funeral Home, Russellville, by Bro. Nick Stamps, assisted by Bro. Bryan Jackson. Burial was at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery in Bremen. Memorial contributions may be made to Post Oak Baptist Church Care Ministry (900 Bluegrass Avenue, Russellville KY 42276), Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery Fund (661 Mount Pisgah Road, Bremen KY 42325), or Gideons International (P.O. Box 140800, Nashville TN 37214-0800).

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