Kenneth M. Norland, age 61 of Winfield passed away from complications of pneumonia March 4, 2013, at Harry Hynes –Via Christi in Wichita.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Winfield First United Methodist Church.
Burial will be at 3:30 p.m., the same day, at the New Gottland Cemetery, southeast of Lindsborg.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, with family greeting friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Swisher-Taylor & Morris Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bartlett Arboretum (bartlettarboretum.com), Pioneer Bluffs Foundation (pioneerbluffs.org), Southwestern College Performing Arts or a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken was born March 23, 1951, in Lindsborg to Emery and Laura Lee (Myers) Norland. He was raised and educated in Lindsborg, he attended first grade at North Diamond School, which was close to his farm home outside Galva. At that time, the school was one of the last remaining one-room school houses in Kansas. He attended Roxbury Elementary School, and graduated from Lindsborg High School
in 1969. He served his country during the Vietnam War as a legal clerk in the USMC.
After his military service, Ken and his brother Gib did construction work in saw mills on the West Coast converting saw mill waste into convertible energy in those operations. He also worked on farming and ranching on the home place near Lindsborg with his father, brother Gib and brother Randy.
He married Madeline Magnusson June 10, 1979, and they farmed east of Winfield for a short time before moving to Ft. Worth, Texas, Madeline’s mother’s hometown, so Ken could finish his college degree. He received his B.A. degree from Texas Wesleyan University and also a degree in Ranch Management from Texas Christian University. While attending T.C.U, Ken worked at the Rivercrest Country Club of Ft. Worth, becoming assistant manager. During the 20 years of living in Ft. Worth, Ken was vice president of the Texas Grain and Feed Association. He served various offices in his neighborhood association. He was a leader in Indian Guides and Indian Princesses groups with his children and was a major contributor to the Bass Performance Hall.
Since moving to Winfield in 2000, Ken has contributed to the community through his service in the Winfield Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Winfield Convention and Tourism, Habitat For Humanity, United Way, Kanza Committee, Winfield FUMC Stewardship and Finance Committee, FUMC Communion Steward, South Kansas Symphony on the Prairie Construction Team, and more neighborly construction and landscaping projects than one would realize. He also served as director of membership services for the Kansas Bed & Breakfast Association.
He and his wife of 33 years, Madeline (Magnusson) Norland have jointly owned and operated the Bluestem Bed and Breakfast, east of Winfield, since 2007. It is an example of Ken’s ingenuity of design and the culmination of tireless manual labor. Ken and Madeline also were co-chairs of the successful campaign to renovate Richardson Auditorium at Southwestern College in 2012.
Page 2 of 2 - Ken has volunteered his time with the Southwestern Exposition & Stock Show, helping 4-H and FFA youth, from 1991 to 2013. He also served on the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth Administrative Council and a member of The Toastmasters of Fort Worth. Any spare time was spent with dear friends, celebrations over great meals, camping and hunting, and treasuring time and travel with Madeline and his children Annika and Jon.
Ken is preceded in death by his father, Emery, and mother Laura Lee, and his beloved son Jon.
Survivors include Madeline; daughter Annika; sister Jan Wilde and husband Charlie of Quenemo; brother Gilbert and wife Anita of Spring; Texas, brother Randy and wife Gretchen of Galva; various aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces and nephews.