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Obituaries

Obituaries

Bernard Erick "Bernie" Nordling 1921 - 2005 Lawrence

Services for Bernard Erick "Bernie" Nordling, 84, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lied Center in Lawrence. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in McPherson Cemetery in McPherson. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Hugoton.Mr. Nordling died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at his home.He was born June 14, 1921, near Nekoma, the son of Ebben and Edith Freeburg Nordling. He graduated from McPherson High School and McPherson College. He later graduated with honors from Kansas University Law School in 1949. He moved to Lawrence in 1993.Mr. Nordling served from 1941 to 1944 as a clerical employee with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, D.C., and the Legal Attache's office in the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 and was a clerk-typist in the Chief of Staff message center at the Pentagon in Washington.He was associated in the general practice of law with A. E. "Gus" Kramer and served as executive secretary of the Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Assn., from 1968 to 1994. He served as Hugoton city attorney for 36 years and Stevens County attorney for six years. He was a partner of the Kramer, Nordling and Nordling law firm.Mr. Nordling was a member of Hugoton Methodist Church. He served on the Hugoton Grade School Board and Stevens County Library Board. He was a Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster for 12 years. He served on the Board of Trustees of McPherson College, Kansas Alumni Association, Kansas University Endowment Association and Kansas 4-H Foundation. He was a member of the Lawrence Rotary Club and was active in the New Generation Group in Lawrence.He was awarded a Citation of Merit from McPherson College, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from KU Law School, a Fred Ellsworth Medallion from the KU Alumni Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hugoton Area Chamber of Commerce and a James L. Stafford Founder's Award from the National Association of Royalty Owners.Mr. Nordling married Barbara Burkholder on March 26, 1949, in McPherson. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, Erick, Hugoton; four daughters, Karen Koehler, Lawrence, Kristine Stepaniuk, Chesterfield, Mo., Leslie Petz, Garden City, and Julie Andrews, Colorado Springs; a sister, Lucille Slicker, Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Chester, Bentonville, Ark.; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.The family suggests memorials to the Bernard E. Nordling Law Scholarship Fund with the KU Endowment Association or to the Bernard E. & Barbara Nordling Scholarship Fund with McPherson College, sent in care of the mortuary.E-mail condolences may be sent to <a href="mailto:info@warrenmcelwain.com">info@warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Nordling.