Norbert Gerstenkorn


Norbert Gerstenkorn, age 81, of Bartlesville, Okla., formerly of Conway Springs, passed away on Dec. 6, 2021. Norbert was born in Chanute, on Nov. 27, 1940, to his parents, Ben and Rose Gerstenkorn. He grew up in south-central Kansas, where he helped with the family farm.
It was no surprise when he began his career in the agriculture business in 1959 at the Garden Plain Coop. In 1961, he went on his first and only blind date, and married Martha Hastings 15 months later. In 1969, Norbert accepted a general manager position at the co-op in Conway Springs, where he carried out a very successful career until his retirement in 2009.
During his time as a co-op manager, he gave back to the agriculture, education, and local and state communities through various board and executive office positions namely with Kansas Farmers Service Association, Kansas Grain Inspection Service, USD 356 School Board as president, Conway Bank, and the Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his civic duties, he was a servant through the Knights of Columbus as a Grand Knight at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Norbert left his impression on every person he encountered through work, friends, and especially his family. Norbert was a loving husband, father, and papa who shared his wisdom, thoughtfulness, compassion, and appreciation with those he loved and cherished. During his downtime, Norbert was an avid golfer, loved the outside, and enjoyed gardening and landscaping. He and Martha also enjoyed going to OU basketball games in Norman, and traveling across the US. Norbert died surrounded by loved ones after a 10-year long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Norbert was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Rose Gerstenkorn; brother, Leon Gerstenkorn; daughter, Jeanene Gerstenkorn; and son; James Gerstenkorn. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Martha; daughter, Julie Mauntel (Mike); grandson, Colton Mason (Destinee); daughter-in-law, Debbie Gerstenkorn, wife of James; granddaughter Emily Gerstenkorn; and siblings, Bernita Becker, Alvin (Mary) Jane Gerstenkorn, and Carolyn Gerstenkorn.
A service was held on Friday, Dec. 10, at St. John before the Latin Gate Catholic Church in Bartlesville, Okla. Interment followed in the Dewey Cemetery, Dewey, Okla. Services were under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home and Crematory – Walker Brown Chapel. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared with the family at