Norman A. Shanks, 83, of Avon Lake, died Saturday, July 6, 2013. Born in Cleveland, he was raised in Lorain and resided in Amherst, Elyria, Rocky River, Bay Village and a long time winter residence in Fort Myers, Florida.
Mr. Shanks was a 1948 graduate of Lorain High School, Fenn College in 1956, and the American Management Presidents School in Ithaca, New York. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Shanks attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was employed by the Milford Rivet Co. as V.P. and General Manager for 25 years and was known by many in the Fastener Business as “Mr. Rivet”. He resigned in 1975 and founded his own business Marathon Fasteners and later on started North Coast Rivet Co. and another company North Coast Marathon Associates for Engineering and Development of Special Parts for industrial use. Because of various health problems Mr. Shanks sold all of his companies and retired.
He was a former member of Spring Valley Country Club in Elyria and a former member of The Forest Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida. A life member of the society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Legion Post 0888. He enjoyed sports and music of all kinds especially Jazz, R&B and Dixieland and played with several groups as a hobby.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Irene (nee Rago and Kapronica); son, Thomas (Sally) of North Royalton; daughters, Nancy (John) Ference of Brecksville and Kathryn (Alan) Rodriguez of Canton; step children, Frank Kapronica, Polly Kapronica of Elyria and Jean (Larry) Rodak of Westlake; 11 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jacqueline.
Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2 P.M., with Fr. Beatty to officiate. Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Road, Avon, from the time of service until 5 P.M., Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be forwarded to The American Heart Association, www.heart.org or American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org