John Marshall Nylund was born on September 28, 1944, in Concordia, Kansas, the son of John Jefferson and Virginia Lee (Marshall) Nylund. John grew up on the family farm east of Scandia, and graduated from Scandia High School, class of 1962. Throughout high school and college, many summers included working at the Kansas State University Experiment Farm.
Following high school, John attended and played football at Fairbury Junior College for two years. He then attended Fort Hays State University until he was drafted in March 1968 into the United States Army. He proudly served his country as a combat medic of B Company 4th Medical Battalion in the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge, John finished college earning dual degrees in Botany and Agronomy then returned home to work on the family farm.
John married Judith Ann Sothers on July 6, 1968, at the Courtland Methodist Church, and to this union two children were born, Jeremy Shawn and Jennifer Ann.
John was an active member of the Scandia American Legion for 49 years beginning in 1971. His love of fishing led him to be a member of Salina Bass Masters from 1978 - 1998 and also Tri-City Bass Club and Bass-n-Badges until 2004. He was on the Scandia School Board from 1978 - 1979 during consolidation to USD 426, Pike Valley Schools. John served as Republic County Commissioner District 2 from 1993 - 2001. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Scandia.
John was passionate about hunting, fishing, sports and had a knack for fixing anything and everything. He enjoyed playing ball, putting together puzzles and fishing with his grandchildren. John’s laid back easy going personality allowed him patience with all he encountered. His quick witted and off the wall sense of humor entertained friends, grandchildren, children and their friends.
John passed away on October 21, 2020, in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 76 years and 23 days. He is preceded in death by his parents. Left to cherish his memories are his wife Judy, son Jeremy Nylund and his wife Emily of Scandia, daughter Jennifer Nylund of Wichita, grandchildren Landry and Jennings Nylund. John is also survived by his brother, James “Jim” Nylund and his wife Vicki of Scandia, and his sister, Nancy Molter of Scandia.
Husband, Dad, Grandpa, friend; you are gone from our arms now, but the memories we have together, your spirit, and your love will remain forever in our hearts.
Johnny will be greatly missed by his family and many, many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the John M. Nylund Memorial, to benefit the Scandia ball fields, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Public Viewing will be held on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm both days, at Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home in Belleville.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 2:00 pm, at the United Methodist Church in Scandia, with Pastor Sandra Jellison-Knock officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Private burial will follow at the Courtland Cemetery
Memorials are requested to the John M. Nylund Memorial, to benefit the Scandia ball fields, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home of Belleville assisted the Nylund family with these arrangements, www.tibbettsfischerfuneralhome.com.