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Norbert Kertamus
1932 ~ 2013
Norbert John Kertamus, age 80 passed away on May 7, 2013 in Sandy, Utah. He was born on October 12, 1932 in Murray, Utah to John Kertamus and Ruby Viola Swensen. Norbert was married to Sylvia Joan Antell in June 1956 in Elko, Nevada. He and Sylvia were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple in September 1960. Norbert, who was known as "Kert", was a graduate of Murray High School, Class of 1951. After graduation he joined the Navy. During his tour of duty, Norbert served as Petty Officer, First Class and was a hospital corpsman attached to the First 155 MM Marine Tank Battalion. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan; Bainbridge, Maryland; and Twenty Nine Palms, California. Norbert attended the University of Utah and received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Fuels Technology in 1960. He bypassed the Master's Degree program to graduate with a PhD in Fuels Engineering in 1964. Upon graduation, he joined Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and developed catalysts to refine petroleum and maximize the yield on gasoline. Later, he worked in the nuclear industry as a Senior Research Scientist at the Idaho Nuclear Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His work involved reprocessing spent nuclear fuel. In 1970, Norbert moved his family to Alliance, Ohio to work for Babcock and Wilcox in the fuel combustion arena. Because of his creativity and technical brilliance, he secured several technology patents for fuel gas manufacturing and catalyst development at the height of the nation's energy crisis. While living in Glendora, California, Dr. Kertamus' last employment was with Southern California Edison (SCE) in Rosemead, California. Here, he had a variety of assignments including serving on the advisory committee for the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI); removing sulfur from high sulfur coal to produce electrical power to meet air pollution standards; and creating SONGS, a drug detection technology used at nuclear power plants. He also designed alternative fuel solutions to help commercial business reduce reliance on fossil fuels. During his career, he presented many academic papers regarding fuels technology and was an active member in both the American Chemical Society and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He retired in 1999 and continued to work for SCE as a successful consultant until 2008. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Throughout his life, he loved camping, hiking, and fishing in Yellowstone, Island Park, Redman, and Mirror Lake. He was an avid reader and student of Western History. He is survived by his wife Sylvia Joan Kertamus and his children Layne (Andrea) Kertamus, Lynne (Chris) Porter, and Leigh (Royce) Bonds. Norbert and Sylvia have nine grandchildren. Norbert is survived by his brothers Roger and Joel Kertamus. He is preceded in death by his parents and by his sister Marilyn Crisp. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State Street in Midvale, Utah. A viewing will be held an hour before the funeral services. Interment will be at Elysian Burial Gardens at 1075 East 4580 South, Salt Lake City, Utah immediately following the funeral. Special thanks to caregivers at Our House Assisted Living and Access. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to someone in need. www.goffmortuary.com

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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 11 to May 12, 2013
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