Royce Daniel Norburg, a happy, sweet man who loved his family, food, music and art, died April 10, 2018. He lived 96 grateful years.
He was born Oct. 13, 1921, on a farm near Lindsborg, Kan., the youngest of six siblings. After early grades in a one-room schoolhouse, he graduated from Smolan High School. He studied art at Bethany College with Birger Sandzen before studying at Kansas State University and later earning a business degree from the University of Kansas.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in multiple locations and attaining the rank of second lieutenant.
He worked for Butler Manufacturing in Kansas City and Washington, D.C.; for J. Lester Brown Real Estate in Johnson County, Kan., and as branch manager of Swedish-American Savings & Loan in Kansas Citys Westport neighborhood. He retired in 1985.
He married Theodora Ida Ellison, of Kansas City, in 1951, and they were married for 66 years, living in Alexandria, Va.; Raytown, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo., and Overland Park, Kan. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, David Norburg.
In addition to his wife, he leaves daughter Diane Stafford and son-in-law Wilson; son Daniel Norburg and daughter-in-law Mary Beth; daughter-in-law Ellen Norburg; grandchildren Ted Stafford (Michelle), Ben Stafford (Sara), Anne Tidrick (Peter), Erik Norburg, Matthew Norburg, Casey Christener (Donnie), and Molly Norburg; and great-grandchildren, Joshua, Leighton, Brooke, Reed, James, Lucy, Caroline and Grace.
He was a member for 67 years of First Lutheran Church, Mission Hills, Kan., where services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018. The family suggests memorials to First Lutheran or Kansas City Hospice and thanks Royces recent caregivers at Brookdale Overland Park Glenwood and Kansas City Hospice.
Memorial Service First Lutheran Church
Friday, April 20, 2018
6400 State Line RoadMission Hills, KKS 66208