Norman William Kitchenmaster, 86, Rock Rapids, Iowa, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids.
A funeral service was Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids. Burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in rural Steen, with military honors by Van Anne-Fields VFW Post No. 6960 and Rex Strait American Legion Post No. 103.
Norman William Kitchenmaster was born Jan. 5, 1930, to John and Emma (Lauck) Kitchenmaster at their home in Allison Township, Lyon County, Iowa. He attended country school and helped with the family farm. He entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War as an Artillery Sgt 1st Class, Chief of Sections – Gunnar. He received his honorable discharge and returned home in 1953 and continued to farm.
Norman married Margaret Blau on May 14, 1957, at Zion Presbyterian Church in George, Iowa. They made their home near Steen on a farm around the corner from the Kitchenmaster home place.
In April of 2008 his wife, Margaret, died after 51 years of marriage. Norman remained living on the farm. When he retired from farming, he started working for Marv Flier helping with spring planting and fall harvesting. After 15 years of helping, he decided to end his farming days. Norman then moved to Rock Rapids in November 2009.
Norman was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Rock Rapids and Rex Strait Post No. 103, American Legion of Rock Rapids. He enjoyed working with cattle, going to the sale barns, and drives through the country. Norm also enjoyed attending annual reunions with army buddies, watching the Minnesota Twins on TV, playing cards, and attending local softball games.
He is survived by his two daughters, Beverly Kitchenmaster, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Marsha Kitchenmaster, Rock Rapids; three sisters, Florence Kitchenmaster and Nora Ranschau, both of Rock Rapids, and Doris (Pete) Stegenga, Sioux Falls; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret Kitchenmaster; a brother, Louie Kitchenmaster; and sisters Ella Weber and Edna Kitchenmaster.
Arrangements were by Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, Iowa, jurrensfuneralhome.com