Max Heath
Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home
418 Lebanon Ave.
Campbellsville, KY
Max Heath, 75, died Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Heath is a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky and the son of the late Harry Heath, a Kentucky newspaperman, and Virginia Allen Heath. His brother, Harold Heath, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Ann Sullivan, also of Campbellsville; a son Jason, of Louisville; and nephews, Ricky Heath of Chicago and Chad Heath of Greensburg.
He retired in 2008 as vice-president, postal/acquisitions of Landmark Community Newspapers, Shelbyville, KY, where he had resided since 1980.For 22 years he was executive editor responsible for recruiting, training, and news quality improvement for 54 paid weekly and daily newspapers in 13 states with over 300,000 paid circulation. For 23 years he was circulation director as well, helping grow paid circulation and training circulation managers. He was a self-styled "country editor" who edited and managed non-daily newspapers in KY and IN and served as regional manager for numerous LCNI properties. Heath served 35 years as chair of the Postal Committee of the National Newspaper Association and wrote a monthly Postal Tips column for Publisher's Auxiliary. He was named to the Postal Service Mailer's Technical Advisory Committee representing NNA from 1989 to 2017.
He received the NNA President's Award in 1989 and 1997, Ambassador Award in 1992, and coveted Amos Award for service to community newspapers in 1994. He conducted seminars on "Maximizing Postal Savings and Delivery" for newspaper associations and groups for 25 years.
He was general manager of News Publishing Company, Tell City, Indiana, and editor of The Perry County News from 1975-80. In 1978 The News was awarded "Blue Ribbon Weekly" for best non-daily in Indiana by the Hoosier State Press Association. Heath worked more than 10 years as a journalist in his hometown of Campbellsville. He was managing editor of the semiweekly Central Kentucky News-Journal in 1974-75, and editor & general manager of The News-Journal from 1971-74 and part of 1969.
From 1969-71, he served in the Army as an information specialist in Alabama and Thailand, where he was editor of the newspaper for U.S. Army Support Thailand. From 1965-69, he worked his way through Campbellsville University (which gave him a Distinguished Alumnus award in 1987). He was sports editor and news editor of the Central Kentucky News. In 1968, KPA awarded him Best Sports Page in KY. Prior to that, he was a sportswriter for The News-Journal in high school. He also edited his high school newspaper. He free-lanced for The Courier-Journal from 1969-75.
Heath has served as president of the Kentucky Press Association; Louisville chapter of Society of Professional Journalists; the United Way of Perry County, IN; the Perry County Unit, American Cancer Society; director of the Tell City Kiwanis Club; and the Hoosier State Press Association.
He was named to the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1996. He was given LCNI's first President's Award for Outstanding Service in 1990. He received the Edwards M. Templin award from KPA in 1992 for service to the community. He was named KPA's Most Valuable Member in 1985 and 1988 and earned a 110% Award in 1983. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.
The Hoosier State Press Association gave him its Distinguished Service Award in January 2006, as did the Wisconsin Newspaper Association in 2010 and the Ohio News Media Association in 2019. The Institute for Rural Journalism and the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in Lexington KY presented Heath with the Al Smith Award for public service through community journalism in July 2012.
Heath was a member of Southeast Christian Church, where he volunteered as an usher for over 20 years and served on the operating and publishing boards of The Southeast Outlook, a weekly newspaper.
He enjoyed the sport of harness racing since his days as sports editor and partnered on KY Sire Stakes winners on both the pace and trot gaits. He and Ruth Ann enjoyed traveling, and visited 21 Caribbean islands, Hawaii and Taiwan, and many states with NNA conventions. They enjoyed country music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and attended many concerts. He was a University of Louisville and Cincinnati Reds fan. A life highlight was attending every major league baseball park with Jason, and pride in him being an Eagle Scout.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to NNA Foundation, PO Box 13323, Pensacola FL 32591.
Published by The News-Herald from Aug. 4 to Aug. 5, 2021.
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418 Lebanon Ave., Campbellsville, KY
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Max was such a pleasure to visit with and talk horses, and a loyal subscriber to The Horseman And Fair World magazine, and often helped me navigate the challenges of the USPS for The Horseman. Ruth Ann, I'm so sorry to hear Max passed away. I'll miss him too.
Kathy Parker
August 10, 2021
I was saddened to learn of Max's passing. I knew him from the USPS MTAC meetings. I always found him willing to share his wealth of knowledge about the direct mail industry and the USPS He will be missed. Rest in Peace.
steve Colella
August 10, 2021
On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Heath.

Sherry Crose, Executive Director
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
Sherry Crose
August 4, 2021
I worked with Max for 20 years at LCNI. It was an honor to have known him and to have him as a dear friend. He will forever be in my heart. Ruth Ann and Jason, you are in my thoughts and prayers at your time of sorrow. Rest in Peace, Max. Love you my friend.
Donna McGee
August 3, 2021
Max was a dear friend! I am saddened to hear of his passing. I will never forget how kind of person he was. I will miss him.

Elaine Cassady
Elaine Cassady
August 2, 2021
Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. We both remember fondly your endearing stories of your travels to baseball parks and envied the experiences. Love and positive energy to you, your mom and family.
Henry & Dean
August 1, 2021
So sorry to hear of Max passing. I worked with him for so many years. He was so knowledgeable about mailing issues. We always worked things out. We would meet at the office, in DC, Forums, at a Publishers or over lunch. We spoke on the phone often. He started calling me a Prince after a while. He was so well thought of By our staff at USPS. I respected him so much. My prayers are with his family. May God bless and keep you.
Ron Miller-Retired USPS
July 31, 2021
As Jason's friend, I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to Jason and his mother. Peace and blessings to you both, Dan Davis
Daniel Davis
July 30, 2021
Max was my colleague and most of all dear friend for close to 50 years. The hours we spent reviewing his monthly financial statements, the intense discussions about personnel issues, the jokes we shared, and the many visits we made together to LCNI many other memories that give me a joyful feeling whenever I think of Max. Ruth Ann, Jason, you are in my prayers for comfort as you mourn the passing of our beloved Max.
Pat Darby
July 30, 2021
Max will be truly missed by his nation-wide friends in the newspaper industry.
Lonnie Hinton Vienna Times
July 30, 2021
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