Paul M. Norstrud

Paul Michael Norstrud, 76, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 27, 2018, near his home in Lenexa, Kansas.

He leaves his wife of 23 years, Dottie McCrary; his sons, Michael (Sue) Norstrud and Shawn Norstrud; his daughter, Chris (Larry) Mathahs; step-children, Jana (Daryl) Dominguez-Peuker and Chuck (Karin) McCrary; 13 grandchildren; one brother, Dennis (Judy) Norstrud; two sisters, Jan (Ron) Brandt and Virginia Hauan; and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thom and Nora Norstrud and was raised in Thompson, Iowa.

Paul attended Drake University and in later years obtained his Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University.  His chosen profession was a funeral director and he was employed for 31 years at Amos Family Funeral Home.  He was also an adjunct professor at Park University, teaching business management.

Paul was an active member of Lenexa United Methodist Church and was very involved in Lenexa Optimist.  He enjoyed playing his guitar and working out at the gym.


Visitation and Funeral Service

Visitation will be Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at Amos Family Funeral Home.  Funeral service will immediately follow at 1:00 PM.  Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kansas.


Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations may be made to:

Shriners Hospitals for Children
Attn: Office of Development
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, Florida 33607


Lenexa United Methodist Church
9138 Caenen Lake Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215

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15 Comments on “Paul M. Norstrud”

  1. Karen & John Monson Says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family of Paul M Norstrud. May you be surrounded by the love of God, and feel his peace.

    Karen & John Monson, Forest City, Iowa

  2. Brian Lervold Says:

    To Paul’s family, I am terribly sorry for your troubles, but know that his influence will not soon be forgotten.

    I owe a great deal of my success as a funeral director to Paul. He treated mortuary students with a great deal of kindness and was an excellent teacher. It was always great to visit him when I was back.

  3. Todd Bonzo Says:

    Paul was a great guy. He had an influence on my life as a young Mortuary Student Employee of Amos Funeral Home. He taught me how to be compassionate with the people we serve. Paul taught me not to take life to serious, with his stories and jokes. I am a better person and funeral director today because of Paul Norstrud.

    Todd C. Bonzo
    St George, Utah

  4. Braden Smidt Says:

    To Dottie and family, I was truly saddened to hear about Paul’s passing. I spent a year working with Paul (as a mortuary student) in 2003/2004. He was largely responsible for my success as a young funeral director due to his immense kindness and willingness to help young students of the trade learn. Around the office, he had a natural way of “keeping it light” in a business that is so often consumed with the heavy weight of what is happening daily. I am no longer a funeral director but when I am asked about my time in the industry Paul and my time spent working with him is always one of my fondest memories. Thoughts and prayers from South Dakota.

  5. Flona Halley Says:

    Dottie, I am saddened to hear of Paul’s death. I will truely miss seeing and visiting with him each Sunday. I always said, “say hello to your lovely wife”. He always had a cute response with his big smile. He will surely be missed. Prayers and comfort to you!
    Hugs, Flona

  6. Manfred & Dorothy Wehrly Says:

    Dottie, how shocked and saddened we were to learn of Paul’s death over the weekend. He was a bright spot in our Sunday morning trip to the Lenexa United Methodist Church! He was always sitting in the office as we arrived and always had a kind comeback remark to our sometimes harrassement! We loved him a lot and we will miss him. Also, we will have you, Dottie, in our prayers for comfort and peace knowing in our hearts that Paul is in the presence of God today!!
    Love, Manfred & Dorothy Wehrly

  7. Dana Elaine Carr Says:

    Mr. Norstrud’s kindness to my family 25 years ago, when we were dealing with the death of our mother, was greatly appreciated, bringing even a moment of humorous remembrance to our meeting with him and the other funeral director by his memory of our mother as he had known her at Old Shawnee Town.

  8. Kathleen Demma Says:

    Oh, Dottie. I am so sorry to hear about Paul. He was so very kind to me through everything with my Mom and Cliff. His very presence eased my mind, and he helped me maneuver through all of the business at hand. He was a friend to me when I needed one. I’m devastated and cannot imagine how you and the rest of your family are feeling now. My dear mother has greeted him in Heaven and they are watching over you during this painful time. My love and friendship are with you. Please take gentle care of yourself.

    Kathleen Demma

  9. Charlotte Keyes Says:

    Paul will be missed by all who knew him. He always had a smile for everyone and enjoyed people. I have known Paul for a many years and when I was told he had died I just cried. He will be missed. Prayers for your family during this though time.

  10. Roger Neal Says:

    I am deeply saddened at Paul’s passing. I will miss him very much. I knew him through church, and I don’t know when I first met him, but I always enjoyed talking with him. He was a great guy! Once he told me I reminded him of his Father. So I guess that gave us a special bond.

  11. Kathy Merrell Says:

    To Paul’s family I send my deepest sympathy. I met Paul in the Optimist Club. We were instant friends I think. I will truly miss him and serving sausages with Paul at the Lenexa Moonlight Bike ride – it will not be the same. I also enjoyed “helping” him remind fellow club members that he had his “Masters degree”. He was quite a guy and will be truly missed. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

  12. Curt McCullough Says:

    Paul taught me how to lighten things up when meeting with families. He’d start out with “my name is Paul that is all you need to know. My last name is Norsturd, I do not expect you to remember or pronounce it. I can hardly pronounce it”. He would continue with “when you call just ask for Paul, I’m the only one that works here”. He was always very animated while telling this to families. I use this story many times as my last name is McCullough. He made the time I was at Amos as a mortuary student fun. As many others have already stated, he cared about wanting the students that he came in contact with be a huge success.

  13. Mary Ingebritson Maze Says:

    I am sorry for your loss of Paul. Although I didn’t see him often after my family moved away from northern Iowa, I remember him as a child. He was my first cousin on the Ingebritson side. I stayed at the Norstrud farm as a child as Janice was near my age. They were a kind and giving family.

  14. Lois (Flo) Hackbarth Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the death of Paul. We
    were classmates at Thompson High School,
    graduating in 1960. . I remember him as a kind
    and caring young man. My sympathy to his family.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  15. Larry Christenson Says:

    I was also a classmate of Paul. He was always a nice guy and pleasant to be around. Butt, don’t think I have seen him since graduation. Rest in peace.

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