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John Harry Norris


John Harry Norris, Age 90

Died October 3, 2019 at Willow Brook Christian Home, Columbus, Ohio, where he was cared for with skill and compassion.

Born December 18, 1928 in Gulfport, Mississippi to Gilbert Kennedy and Emma Harry and adopted in 1931 by Dr. John A. Norris.

John spent 15 years of his youth in Texas, New York, and Alabama before returning to Gulfport, where he graduated from High School in 1946.  John served in the Korean War as a Medic with the Third Infantry Division, earning The Bronze Star.  He received his MBA from the University of Mississippi in 1956 and worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, from which he retired in 1985.  John then joined the faculty at Capital University as a Professor of Business and retired as Associate Dean of Adult Education in 1996.  He then worked for Ohio Health, teaching smoking cessation and stress management at Grant Hospital, Riverside Hospital, and McConnell Heart Health Center until 2003.

John is survived by the love of his life and wife of 30 years, Merry (Eberle) Norris, children by marriage, Professor Miranda Eberle Shaw of Richmond, Virginia, Richard Todd (Kathleen) Shaw, of Anacortes, Washington, and Rosemerry Frances (Dr. Joseph) Iannotti, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and by grandchildren Matthew Gray Palmer, Charles Justin Palmer, Adam Spencer Nickels, Aaron Michael Fronek, and Matthew Howard Iannotti.

John was a gentle, kind, loving person and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, in good standing, for over 53 years.

Contributions in John’s memory may be made to The Capital Area Humane Society, ColumbusHumane.org or Hope Thru Housing www.hthohio.org.

A Celebration of Life and reception will be held on November 2, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at The Columbus Center For Spiritual Living, Northwest Masonic Temple, 2436 West Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43235.  columbus csl.org

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  • william mccarthy says:

    My Christian prayers for my friend John will be observed at the Chapel of St. John Neumann in Sunbury in my absence as I am in Boston on the date of his memorial service here in Columbus.
    My prayers to his Faithful Wife, Merry, and gratitude for the love and care that I witnessed in her dedication to his long illness. May the God of their understanding bless them.

  • Candyce Walchesky says:

    I am deeply grateful to have had John’s friendship the past 7 years. He was a wise, kind and loving presence in my life, and I know he touched more lives than I can imagine. I feel so blessed to have shared part of this journey with him.

  • Laurel Richardson and Ernest Lockridge says:

    Ernestand I send our sympathy to you all. John was a good soul.

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