Leland Robert Nordin of Lamar, Arkansas was born on August 13, 1950 in San Francisco, California to Robert and Sybil (Pless) Nordin. He passed away on December 23, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at 71. He was retired from Johnson Regional Medical Center. He was currently employed at Lamar Schools as a custodian of the High School gymnasium where he enjoyed being a listening ear to coaches, players and students. Leland was a National Guard Veteran; a member of Clarksville First United Methodist Church, a Gideons International member, Arkansas Activities Association official for high school basketball, football and baseball. He led Sunday school classes for years at Lamar and Clarksville Methodist Churches. He worked the basketball scorer’s table for Lamar High School and University of the Ozarks for over 20 years. He volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. The highlight of his days was watching his grandchildren on the court and fields, as he rarely missed a game.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Nordin.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean (Miller) Nordin of the home; his daughter, Dody Pelts and husband, Jeremy of Knoxville, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Macy Pelts and Ike Pelts of Knoxville, Arkansas; his mother, Sybil (Pless) Nordin of Hickeytown, Arkansas; his brothers, Milton Nordin and wife, Susan of Hickeytown, Arkansas; Rusty Nordin and wife, Sheila of Fort Worth, Texas; his mother-in-law, Norma Gentry of Clarksville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the Hardwicke Chapel in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Funeral Services are 10 a.m., Friday, December 31, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Arkansas with Reverend David Hanshaw and Reverend Heather Clawitter officiating. Burial will follow at Holman Cemetery in Lutherville, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Carl Ramsey, Brandon Schluterman, Brett Sampley, Tracy Price, John Payne, Ernest Tillery and George Overbey. Honorary Pallbearers are Outreach Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International at https://www.gideons.org/donate or to Clarksville First United Methodist Church for the bell choir or the Stained Glass Fund.