Joseph Cecil Mosher, 95, of Geneseo, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Bickford Cottage, Davenport, Iowa. A celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at Vandemore Funeral Homes, Geneseo and conclude with a Rosary and prayer service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to St. Malachy Catholic Church, Abilities Plus or Geneseo GIFT Foundation to support local charities.
Joseph was born on July 12, 1917, in rural Prophetstown, the son of John Henry and Mary Alice “Mae” Curran Mosher. He married Norma Evelyn Pitchford on July 25, 1953, in Sterling. Joe farmed in the Prophetstown and Geneseo areas. For several years, he owned and operated Mosher and Buysse IH dealership in Prophetstown and was a seed corn dealer. In 1969, Joe had the World Champion Shorthorn herd at the Chicago Stockyards Livestock World Expo. He loved farming and participated in many parades with his Belgian and Percheron draft horses. He was a Cubs baseball fan, a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau and St. Malachy Catholic Church and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include four daughters, Dawn (David) Tubbs of Atkinson, Jane Dickison of Coupeville, Wash., Cynthia (Carl) Krafft of Chesterton, Ind. and Rita Mosher of Island Lake; one son, Paul (Teri) Mosher of Geneseo; eight grandchildren, Erin Knackstedt of Villa Park; Kate Blank of Monona, Wis.; Craig Mosher of Davenport, Iowa; Kristin Mosher of Okinawa, Japan; Stephanie Mosher of Busan, South Korea; Kira Dickison of Coupeville; Nicole Reppas of Coupeville; and Kara Krafft of Indianapolis, Ind.; and one great grandson, Kellan Knackstedt. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Norma in April 2006; one brother, J. Raynor Mosher; one sister, Frances Castelein; and son-in-law, Dick Dickison.