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David K. Noran August 24, 1939 - June 17, 2018

David Kent Noran died peacefully at Highlandspring on June 17th, 2018 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky at the age of 78. David had an eight-month battle of complications following surgery to remove a tumor from his brain in October of 2017. David is survived by his son, David Kenton Noran and Debra Noran; his brother and sister, John Noran and Shirley Whitacre; nephews, Jerry Noran and David Whitacre; and other nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and John Noran. David was born on August 24, 1939 in Lakewood, Ohio to Mabel and John Noran. He graduated from University of Cincinnati in 1965 with a master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He then became a long-term city manager for the city of Fort Thomas. After the city, he founded Cardinal Engineering in Wilder, Kentucky which he served as president until retirement. David was an avid antique car collector who was known nationally for his rare collection and knowledge of early American brass cars. He was an extremely intelligent and caring individual who loved to tell stories and who was passionate about his family, his cars, and the city of Fort Thomas. In his free time, he enjoyed playing tennis with his friends, reading a good book, walking his dog Sabrina, or partaking in the restoration of century old cars. He was an active and dedicated member of the Highland Methodist Church and Antique Automobile Club of America and often volunteered on many local boards for the benefit of the community. David was blessed to have many wonderful friends over his lifetime. To mention a few, Shelby Frazer of whom he has known since 7th grade, was one of his closest friends for over 65 years. Another dear friend was Bob Leurck, long-time business partner and later father-in-law. Bob stayed by David’s side almost every day throughout his eight-month battle. David also had many important friends throughout his life, with many supporting him during his last months including, Jeff Earlywine, Teresa Gillum, Don Brindle, Andrew Modrall, and Richard Garsia. A church service is scheduled for 1:00PM on July 7th, 2018 at the Highland United Methodist Church in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, with a Celebration of Life to follow immediately after. Pastor John Bowling will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate David’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Highland United Methodist Church at 314 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075. Condolences can be sent to faresjradel.com. The family would like to thank the staff at Highlandspring of Fort Thomas for their wonderful care and compassion in his final months. Fares J Radel Funeral Home serving the family.


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    Diane Meyer says

    Sorry for your loss. I only knew Dave for a short time through Teresa Gollum but in that short time Dave was a pleasure to be around with a great personality, along with some great stories. He had great pride in his antique cars along with the knowledge that most people never know. May the Lord keep and bless him.

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    Ronnie Keene says

    Your whit, laughter and caring for your family and love of your community are to be admired. May others be as dedicated to their hometown,interests and family. It was a pleasure starting and serving with you on the board of Citizens Bank. You will be greatly missed

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    Mary Verba says

    Farewell, David. I knew you when… remembering our time together. Sincere condolences to your family.

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    Louie George says

    I just read about this with surprise. Dave was one of the most organized people I have ever met. He was thoughtful and always respectful of others views. I will miss our annual luncheons since the time I left Deloitte.

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    Ann Freehill says

    I am sorry to hear of David’s passing. My condolences to Debbie and Kenton as well as his family and friends. I remember David well as his impressive car collection. I can imagine Paul and David are in heaven talking cars. (Paul died May 8, 2011).
    Rest In Peace David.
    Sincerely Ann Freehill.

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