Norton K. Knedlik died Friday, June 27, 2008, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Neb., at the age of 90.
He was born Aug. 13, 1917, at Barnes, Kan., as the fourth of six children, to Matthew Knedlik second generation Bohemian immigrant and Edith (Dalrymple) Knedlik who was a fourth generation Scots American.
World War II saw him enter the U.S. Army. After spending basic training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, he spent time at Fort Roberts in California, rising to the rank of technical sergeant. He was sent as part of a forward detachment to England. From there his unit moved to the continent and he was part of the liberation force of Dachau.
Upon returning to America and civilian life, he enrolled in the accounting program at Kansas State University.
On Dec.26, 1946, Norton married Marjorie Rowe Schattenburg, who was teaching school. During the next 15 years, they had had three children and lived in Manhattan, Wichita and Concordia, Kan.
In 1961, the family moved to McCook, Neb., where Norton purchased a small local accounting firm. In the years to follow, the firm grew in size, serving south-central Nebraska as well as neighboring states. Norton was appointed by the Nebraska governor to serve on the Nebraska Board of Accountancy. He was also instrumental in bringing computers to the McCook area, which helped to transform the economy and changed the face of agribusiness.
Upon his retirement in 1983, the firm was sold to Kennedy and Coe and Norton pursued his love of painting. He exhibited and sold works and was recognized as a talented local artist in Southwest Nebraska.
As a member of the community, Norton spent a number of years performing community service. He served on boards of and belonged to many organizations, including the McCook Community College, the McCook Art Guild, the United Memorial Methodist Church, the Rotary Club. He was a 60 year member of the McCook Masonic Lodge 135 A.F. & A.M., all York Rite Bodies in McCook, the Tehama Western Shrine, the McCook Elks Lodge 1434 and the Heritage Hills Golf Course and the American Legion.
Norton was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie on Aug. 22, 2003.
Norton is survived by two daughters, Marcia Knedlik of Bad Reichenhal, Germany and Elizabeth Hammond and husband, Gerald of Piti, Guam; one son, Robert Knedlik and wife, Sarah of San Francisco, Calif.; two grandchildren, David Hammond and Pvt. Christopher Hammond, USMC; one great-grandson, G. James Hammond; one sister, Wilma Smith of St. Mary's Kan.; one brother, Virgil Knedlik of Mesa, Ariz.; and relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery Thurman officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook.
Memorials may be given in his name and friends may call at Herrmann Funeral Home in McCook from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.