Former K-State hoops player dies at 90

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Norris Holstrom, one of the early stars in Kansas State men's basketball history, passed away May 25 at the age of 90 in his home in Richardson, Texas.

A native of Topeka, Kan., Holstrom played two years for Hall of Fame head coach Jack Gardner during the 1939-40 and 1940-41 seasons at Kansas State.  He captained Gardner's second squad in 1940-41, helping the Wildcats to a 6-12 record, including a 3-7 mark in Big Six Conference play.    

Following his graduation from the university, Holstrom posted an honorable 40-year career in business administration and personnel management.  He also served his country proudly (1941-46), ascending to the rank of Major in the Army Air Corps.

Holstrom is survived by his wife, Parthene Duvall Sheetz; daughter Cheryl Bennett and her husband, Bob; son Thomas and his wife, Vicki; three stepchildren, seven grandsons and nine step-grandchildren, 16 step-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  Holstrom was born on Oct. 2, 1919 in Topeka, Kan., and graduated from Topeka High School in 1937.

Memorial services are pending and will be held at the First Christian Church of Plano. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John E. Holstrom/ Kansas State ATO Endowment Fund, c/o Bill Muir, President, 2040 Shirley Lane, Manhattan, KS 66502.