Ronald Norland

July 16, 1935 - October 7, 2018
Plainwell, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Ronald Norland, of Plainwell passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the age of 83. Ron was born on July 16, 1935 and was the son of Neal and Heartha (Tvilling) Norland. Ron attended Highland Park High School. After high school he was a paratrooper in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany in the 1950’s. He married Marlene Chrisholm, and he worked for Household Finance. When he retired he moved to Plainwell.

In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting at his hunting camp in Onaway, Michigan.

He was an active member of the Plainwell Rotary for over 30 years and served as president for several years. He led the Plainwell Rotary highway pick-up project for more than 20 years. Last year he was honored as a Rotary Hero.

He had been active in the Pine Lake Association, and served as president for several years.

Ron is survived by his sister: Nancy Norland Benn, of TN; three nieces: Sharon Racke Cohl, Sallie Racke Inch, and Suzanne Benn-Pardi; three nephews: Cliff Racke, Keith Racke, and Jason Benn. Ronald is preceded in death by his wife Marlene; parents: Neal and Heartha Norland; one sister Norma Norland Racke.

There are no services scheduled at this time. Please visit Ron’s webpage at where you can sign his guestbook, and share a memory.

The family is being assisted by the McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes, Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 S. Woodhams, Plainwell (269-685-5881).