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Fenton Norwood

July 30, 1940 — May 30, 2019

Fenton Gene “Bud” Norwood, husband, father, grandfather and avid KU fan, member of the Chiefs Kingdom and Royals supporter went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 30, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Fenton was born on July 30, 1940 in Axtell, KS. He graduated from Axtell High School in May of 1958, attended Baker University, Emporia University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Upper Iowa University. Fenton worked for TWA in Kansas City, MO, where he met a young Southern Belle named Rosa Lou Dean. They married at the First Christian Church in Crockett Mills, TN, on June 26, 1965. They later traveled overseas and lived in Saudi Arabia then after 13 years with TWA he settled in Axtell, working for the Nemaha Marshall Electric Cooperative for 29 years. He served as Office Manager and General Manager and was also a board member for the Kansas Electric Cooperatives board from 1995-2004. Fenton was a member of the United Methodist Church in Axtell, a Lions Club member for many years and huge supporter of the Axtell High School Eagles cheering on his children’s teams and activities. Fenton was preceded by his wife, Rosa Lou, and his parents, Gordon and Violette Norwood. He leaves behind many family members who loved and cherished him. Fenton leaves behind his daughters, Jayne Pugh, Topeka, KS, Katherine Norwood, Axtell; grandchildren, Thomas Lee Pugh, Topeka, Kaitlyn Lierz, Baileyville, Ryan (Amber) Lierz, Sabetha, Randy Lierz, Tucson, AZ, Matthew (Jenny) Lierz, Axtell; as well as three great-grandkids, Aiden Lierz, Leo Lierz and Jace Lierz; brother, Verl (Sharon) Norwood, Kansas City, MO; brothers-in-law, George (Martha) Dean, Jackson, TN, and Charles Youngerman, Selmer, TN; niece, Elizabeth Youngerman-Deeds, Selmer, TN; nephews, Alan Youngerman, Selmer, TN, and Todd Dean, Memphis, TN. Fenton and Rosa were also parents to many children too numerous to list who graced their presence over the years giving love, time and gifts. Visitation will be from Noon until 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 4 at Axtell-Landreth Funeral Home in Axtell. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at the United Methodist Church in Axtell. The family would like to invite all family, extended family, and friends to wear choice of attire for Fenton’s favorite teams to the service: Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and KU Jayhawks. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Dinner for friends and family will take place following the service at the American Legion in Axtell. Donations may be sent to the attention of the funeral home and will be designated later. The family would also like to extend thanks and appreciation for the assistance, love and support to the KMC Medical Clinic, Dr. Challa and Dr. Datti, Community Memorial Hospital, Dr. Randall Brown, the nurses, CNA’s and therapists at CMH and KU Saint Francis Campus. Friends and family traveling from out of town are encouraged to contact the Altenhofen Inn & Suites, 1615 North St, Seneca, KS 66538, (785) 336-3663. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Fenton Norwood, please visit our flower store.


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