Norval K. Mosher

God called Norval K. Mosher “Home” on January 15 to run the tractor and feed wagon for the Black Angus cattle grazing on the “thousand hills” in Heaven.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Liscomb Church of Christ with Pastors Ralph Norman and Wes Blanchard officiating. Visitation will be held at the Liscomb Church of Christ on Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. Burial will be at the Liscomb Cemetery with military honors by the combined VFW / American Legion Honor Guard of the surrounding area. Mitchell Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Norval and his family. For questions or condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com or call 641-844-1234.

Norval Kenneth Mosher was born August 12, 1929, to Kenneth and Justine (Hartley) Mosher in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He was raised on a farm in the Harrisburg area, north of Bonaparte. Norval attended grade school in the one-room schoolhouse at Harrisburg. He graduated from Bonaparte High School in 1947.

After his mother’s passing, when he was 12 years old, Norval’s aunt and uncle, Norval Knight (N.K.) and Marguerite Hartley, were instrumental in his upbringing.

Norval attended Iowa State College in Ames, graduating in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in farm operations. From 1953 until 1955, he served our country honorably in the United States Army. He was stationed in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was in the veterinary corps and cared for the German shepherd dogs.

While at Iowa State College, Norval met Esther McKibben Mosher. On July 3, 1955, a very warm day, they were married at the Liscomb Church of Christ.

He started his career with Webrand and Dake John Deere in Reinbeck. From 1956-1958, Norval was the Butler County 4-H Youth Assistant in Allison. In March 1959, Norval and Esther moved to the McKibben family farm at Liscomb where he began farming with his father and mother-in-law, Voss R. and Wilma McKibben, raising purebred Angus cattle, sheep and hogs.

Norval loved God, his family, people, his country, and cattle! He was an active member of the Liscomb Church of Christ, serving as a long time elder, Sunday School teacher, and mentor. He loved to visit, never met a stranger and enjoyed all the hired young people, as well as those who provided services, to keep the farm and cattle operation “up and running” during his 63 years of farming. He served in leadership roles with the Marshall County Cattlemen, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping organize the Marshall County Pork Producers in 1964.

Community service was an important part of Norval’s life. He wore many hats through his 92 years, and provided leadership to numerous local and county boards. He was commander of the Liscomb American Legion, where he enjoyed organizing the annual Memorial and Veteran’s Day programs. He was young at heart, and always willing to help.

Celebrating his life are his wife of 66 years, Esther, daughter Dynette, son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Brenda, and granddaughters Lauren and Leah. Also included are his sister, Averil Mosher Merritt (Carlyle), brother-in-law, Gene Berkland, and cousin, Norma Hartley Stecker (Raymond), along with nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

In death he has rejoined his parents, mother and father-in-law, and his sister, Joan Mosher Berkland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for the Liscomb Church of Christ and agricultural related youth scholarship foundations.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Debra Prow, McFarland Clinic, for her exceptional care.

– Lovingly written by the family

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