A funeral mass for Kenneth Charles Segura, 81, of Tyler, will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Father Luke Kalarickal officiating. Mr. Segura passed away September 5, 2013 at his residence. He was born August 27, 1932 in Beaumont to E. J. and Lillian Segura. He lived most of his life in and around Beaumont before retiring to Tyler in 2000. Ken graduated from south Park High School in 1949 and then served in the US Army 36th Division 111th Combat Engineers. In Ken's early life he enjoyed work cattle and cutting horses with his father. Ken worked for the Gulf Oil Corporation prior to being employed by the Dow Chemical Company where he worked within several divisions for some seventeen years before entering private practice as a Registered Professional Safety Engineer. He traveled extensively in his profession and was an advocate for continuing education pertaining to his profession, having studied at the University of Houston, Oklahoma University, the University of Minnesota and Georgia Tech. Ken was called upon by many of his peers for interpretation of the Federal Register of Safety Regulations and Laws as they pertain to the heavy construction industry and was inducted into Who's Who in the safety profession, the First Edition in 1990. During his career, Ken worked for many contractors and petro-chemical facilities writing and designing safety programs and procedures and receiving many awards and recognitions in the heavy industrial construction industry. He was especially known for his work in hazardous confined space entry and excavation support protections within the petro-chemical industry and he co-patented tow safety showers for off-shore work in the North Sea. Ken really enjoyed working close with the people doing the work. His first priority was always the safety of the people on the worksite. During his career he assisted in the development of several of the Code of Federal Regulation Standards for the Construction Industry. He was called upon to be a safety resource for the Ground Zero worksite. For many years, Ken was a certified instructor for the OSHA Outreach program, The National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course, The Canadian Advance Driver Performance Course as well as an instructor for The American Red Cross Multi Median First Aid, Standard First Aid, and Advanced First Aid. He also served on The National Highway Safety Council and prior to retirement was a member of The American Society of Safety Engineers. He will best be remembered by construction people as The Ole Safety Man. Ken was also a long time hobby woodworker and for many years was a partner in the woodworking machinery business. He and his wife Edith and daughter Charl Rae enjoyed traveling in their RV and logged many enjoyable miles. Ken and Edith shared their lives together for many years. He was especially proud of Charl's accomplishments in the medical profession. He always looked forward to being with his grandson and teaching him about wildlife, animals and the outdoors. Ken is survived by his wife Edith; daughter, Charl Rae Cobb and husband Clayton; and by grandson Aaron Matthew Cobb.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 10, 2013