Norvin Sasser passed away peacefully on March 18, 2023, one month shy of his 99th birthday. Norvin was born to Joseph and Bernice Sasser at their home in Verona, Arkansas on April 22, 1924.
Norvin walked off an Arkansas farm as a 19-year-old with $100 In his pocket to become an early employee at Hanford, arriving by train on September 6, 1943. Initially, working as a laborer, through hard work, dedication, and attention to detail he worked himself into a management position with General Electric, and over the years working also for Rockwell, United Nuclear, and Westinghouse. He worked at Hanford for 45 years before retiring in 1988. He was proud of the fact that he never missed a day’s work in 42 years.
Norvin met the love of his life, Margie Kisner when they were just three and five years old as their families lived on neighboring farms. Sparks didn’t fly until high school when they reconnected at a local carnival. Her family moved to Washington shortly after he began working at Hanford. They married on September 1, 1944, a love that lasted 75 years.
A devoted family man and Christian, and a founding member of Southside United Protestant Church, Norvin served in leadership roles and on many committees over the years.
Norvin enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the extended family’s numerous camping adventures at Wallowa Lake. He had a green thumb for growing vegetables and roses in his large backyard garden and he could fix anything. He was an amazing woodworker refinishing vintage furniture, repairing antique mirror frames and building plant stands, jewelry boxes, picture frames and furniture.
After his retirement in 1988 he and Margie traveled extensively visiting Europe, Asia, Australia and many places in between. He loved spending time working in his shop and tending his beautiful roses and beautiful bougainvilleas he brought back from California. He always enjoyed sharing a good joke or pun. His love of family always shined through.
Preceded in death by his wife, Margie, he is survived by two daughters Sharon Warren, and Linda (Mark) Sanger, and son Jay (Teri) Sasser; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services through Einan’s at Sunset, Richland, WA with visitation on March 31 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Funeral service Saturday, April 1 at 11 AM with a reception to follow.